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robertreincke

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Royalties
Posted: Nov 20, 2007 1:12 PM
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Can someone please explain to me how Amazon now gets 65% of sales? How is this fair when the publisher has to do the uploading? Amazon takes 40% of printed sales and now with electronic the publisher/author gets only 35% instead of the previous 60%. Sounds like a bit of greed.
robertreincke

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Re: Royalties
Posted: Nov 20, 2007 1:26 PM   in response to: robertreincke in response to: robertreincke
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Sure Amazon spent years in research and development. What do you call the years the author spends writing the book? Should Amazon's percentage be higher than the artists?
chocolate_misu

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Re: Royalties
Posted: Jan 30, 2008 9:40 AM   in response to: robertreincke in response to: robertreincke
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I would like to know why as well. I am currently writing a book and when I saw that Amazon was offering this service I was very excited. Until I saw what cut the author gets! This is an outrage considering they have the publishers do all the work and then don't even advertise. I also find it less than ironic that Amazon doesn't seem to have posted an answer to this question yet. I'm sure they would respond if we all asked how we could give them more money earned by our hard work. I pose this question directly to Amazon in hopes that they are decent enough to actually answer it. How can you (Amazon) justify with any merit the claim to the larger portion of percentage of a digitally distributed product that you (Amazon) have no hand in the creation, uploading or advertising of? I have no choice but to see this matter in the same light as the current issue facing our writers currently on strike. The origins of this issue lay with the corporations tendancies to be greedy with the revenues of digital content, due to the circumstance that digital content is still in it's infancy in certian forms and therefore does not have the same parameters that traditional venues for distributing intellectual properties do. I encourage all who are considering the use of Amazon's digital publishing service to consider this as well and to persue Amazon for a reasonable answer and solution for this issue. If Amazon refuses to respond or make efforts to alleviate these concerns, I would call on all self respecting writers to follow the example of our colleagues in the entertainment industry. Surely Amazon believes it can make significant profit from digital content. If they are firm on taking an undeserved 65% of profit from your hard work, then I say let them see if they prefer 0%.
kdpadmin

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Re: Royalties
Posted: Jan 31, 2008 10:32 AM   in response to: chocolate_misu in response to: chocolate_misu
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Hello,

we can't give any answer to this question in this forum, as it's only a way of providing technical support for DTP users. Contacting the normal Kindle support to pass it on to the business side may be a better choice?
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