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.