…especially after reading J.A. Konrath’s thoughts on the topic at hand. As I see it – and as Konrath sees it as well – the problem isn’t Amazon trying to screw over writers, its’ Authors United (and Hachette and the other major publishers) trying to royally fuck over Amazon in an effort to protect AU’s resident monopoly.
How so? Because, as we’ve seen over the years, there are going to be Luddites’ out there who are afraid of what the future holds and are thus willing to strangle anyone – and any business model – that doesn’t conform to their protection-racket style of business…which is precisely what AU seems to support, if you read Mr. Konrath’s post linked above.
Think about it for a moment…when DVDs’ came around, did it kill the video industry? When MP3s’ arrived, did it kill the music industry? When e-books arrived, did it kill writing? Answer…no, no, and no. Those industries adapted, persevered and continued on..and so will writing, both as an art form and as a living for thousands of writers out there.
So, for what its’ worth, Authors United can go jump in a lake, for all I care; as a consumer of literary items (read, books), I – along with millions of other indivudals – should be able to peruse Amazon and other e-book publishing and sales places for the books of our choosing, regardless of what AU and its’ legacy publishers think…and I say this as someone who doesn’t particularly care for ebooks.