Traditional Publishing vs Amazon.
A moment for some observations.
As I hop around the internet and blogsphere, I often see a lot of chatter regarding Amazon vs Traditional Publishing. Not surprisingly, I find many articles and comments about how much Traditional Publishing dislikes, resents, (hates) Amazon, that big old nasty price cutting distributor of all things books and more. But according to my limited observations, and those of many of my writing friends, Amazon is the biggest distributor of books, both Indie and Traditionally Published.
For Amazon to sell books, they need a supply of books to sell. And for Traditionally Published books to be sold, they need a place to sell them. I know, all very obvious observations. But what this means, is these two players NEED each other. Gasp!
It’s sort of like a marriage made in hell with all the blessings of corporate America. Of course, we can guess which one needs (or hates) the other more. I don’t believe Amazon hates Trad Pub, but I do get the impression that Trad Pub
hates strongly dislikes Amazon.
Usually the weaker partner in a relationship ends up resenting their place in that relationship, so I’d go with Trad Pub is the one with more to lose.
Now don’t get me wrong, I am not against Trad Pub. I’m in favor of all paths that lead to the mountain top.
Of course, a great big international sales outlet like Amazon needs content (i.e. books) to sell, but if Trad Pub goes away, Amazon still has a line out the door, around the block and down the road of writers with books to sell. It’s kind of hard to imagine writers are going away, and I don’t expect them to stop going to Trad Pub as a valid resource to produce their books, but I do see an uptick of Indie writers producing their own books.
So where is this all going? When I tell people I have written three books, the third one recently released, the question I get most isn’t who published you? The question I get most often is; can I find your books on Amazon? And my answer is YES.
Enjoy always, T