I’ve just read this article on the Guardian website:
It’s by a small publisher who loses money every time Amazon buys a copy of one of her books. What’s interesting is not just the article, but the way that many people have responded. Many seem to think it’s her fault, not Amazon’s. I think that’s a bit harsh, as they (Amazon) buy books at a 60% discount and demand that you pay for posting your books to them, which all adds up. Then again, as someone who is in a similar position, no-one makes you sell on Amazon. It would be nice if they offered better terms to small publishers but you could always choose not to go with them at all.
I’m sure I’ll revisit this again in the future.