John Scalzi: ‘Buy new’ option still not available for Macmillan titles on Amazon; please support Macmillan authors
February 2, 2010 | 12:55 pm
John Scalzi, who has been one of the most listened-to voices on the Amazon/Macmillan feud, points out that Amazon has still not restored the ability to buy new copies of Macmillan authors’ works. They did temporarily add a “Buy” button for buying used, but then removed that. (Apparently Amazon’s “ultimately […] will have to capitulate” is not the same as “is now capitulating”.)
Scalzi notes that, though he personally is in no financial danger, the Macmillan authors who rely on royalty income who are getting hurt the most by this dispute. He asks that readers support those authors by buying new copies of their books elsewhere.
Much as I dislike Macmillan’s desire to control retail pricing, I have to admit that Scalzi is right: right now, it is the authors who are getting caught in the middle of this clash of the publishing-industry titans. If you have the desire to buy a new paper copy of a Macmillan author’s works, don’t wait until Amazon puts them back to do so.
Of course, those of you who want to buy them for your Kindle at reasonable prices are still out of luck.