So, Amazon’s low ebook prices are bad for authors?

So, Amazon’s low ebook prices are bad for authors? And Amazon’s ebooks in general are bad for independent booksellers?

The traditional publishers setting higher prices for e-books, cuts into their overall sales, garnering less money for themselves, and the authors they represent (http://www.wsj.com/articles/e-book-sales-weaken-amid-higher-prices-1441307826).

In other news, according to the American Booksellers Association, the number of independent booksellers has risen 27% since 2009 (Amazon launched the first Kindle November 19, 2007).

NOTE that I do not speak for Amazon or in any official capacity. I am providing some links with independent third party information provided regarding questions/statements people make regarding the impact Amazon’s ebook business has on authors’ earnings and independent booksellers.

In disclosure, I work for Amazon, and from January 2011 through April 2013 ran the Kindle Content Store (i.e. any way you can buy electronic reading content from Amazon) world-wide, including launching it in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Japan, China, Australia, Mexico, India, Brazil) and on 3 Amazon eInk readers, 4 Amazon eInk touch readers, 6 Amazon Fire tablets, the Amazon Fire phone, and a host of third party devices), and a host of cool, cool features.

I still work Amazon in the Kindle Device Services and Security organization on device connectivity and communications.

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