Linda G. Hill

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#JusJoJan 2018, the 26th – Address


Huge news in the world of e-publishing today. In a direct address to Amazon’s domination of the e-book market in the US, Rakuten, the company that owns Kobo, has partnered with Wal-Mart to distribute e-books, audiobooks, and physical books online.

What does that mean for self-published authors? The possibilities are vast. Not only will we have a wider audience to discover our books, perhaps Amazon will be forced to relax their hold over exclusivity. Kobo already offers the same lending service as Kindle Unlimited in certain countries, without demanding the same extent of loyalty. What we need is to see authors finally tell Amazon, with all their unfair practices, to stick it where the sun don’t shine and go wide–sell with as many retailers as they can.

Amazon has had us by the short and curlies for too long. It’s time to take back our choices. Thank you, Rakuten.

See the article here: and the original one here:

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Author: LindaGHill

There's a writer in here, clawing her way out.

15 thoughts on “#JusJoJan 2018, the 26th – Address

  1. Pingback: #JusJoJan Daily Prompt January 26, 2018~Address | Margret's Life Journey!

  2. well i did not realize amazon was so tough – in my experience they were great to work with and I also have a few authors I know really enjoyed the processing of publishing with them – and it sounds like you (and many more) have had a much different experience –


    • True, Amazon is a great company when things are going well. And the actual process of publishing with them is a breeze. But their strict rules concerning reviews that seem to change so often it’s hard to keep up (I’ve lost reviews on one of my books for the silliest reasons), their insistence on exclusivity which has lead to authors losing their accounts because someone else has plagiarized their books … The grief they’ve caused so many of my acquaintances along with their hold over the market is simply unfair. It’s time they had some competition.

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  4. Reblogged this on KCJones and commented:
    GO KOBO!


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