My publisher, Virtual Bookworm, Inc. alerted me today that Amazon's BookSurge POD subsidiary is using a rather strong-armed tactic to gain more control over the growing success of self-publishing:
Print-on-demand is taking a real beating today with news that Amazon is planning to require that POD firms print their books through Amazon's BookSurge instead of Lightning Source, the industry standard. Amazon will charge our publishers a fee for uploading the book, will require it in a different format than we currently have, and wants a greedy 48 percent of sales!!
Here are two links on the topic - it does not bode well for self-published authors, but it may get settled in some less dramatic way than Amazon's "winner take all" strategy.
While working through the issues, I'm writing to Amazon's senior management, and am taking the Amazon links off my books on all my web sites and external resources. People can still purchase all of our books through the publisher, and the many other online retailers, such as Barnes & Noble, Target, etc.