When people come under financial stress, some of them do stupid things.
Amazon has started a mystery publishing company, Thomas & Mercer, to publish both ebooks and books that will be sold through bookstores. One of the first four titles Thomas & Mercer will release is J.A. Konrath’s and Blake Crouch’s Stirred.
Apparently, some indie bookstores are trying to organize a boycott of Konrath’s and Crouch’s books because of the Thomas & Mercer announcement.
Let’s consider that, A) in a time when traditional publishers are under severe financial pressure and releasing fewer books for bookstores to sell, B) a new publisher with a very deep-pocketed backer starts up and plans to print books for bookstores to sell as well as release ebooks (like every other sane publisher on the planet does) and C) the indie bookstores decide to boycott this new publisher.
Can you say self-destructive behavior?
Raise your hand if you think this boycott will cause Amazon to stop selling ebooks.
Excerpts from Joe Konrath’s blog:
I’ve also heard that certain booksellers want to return any books of mine they have in stock as a punitive measure.
So signing a deal with Amazon makes me the enemy of bookstores?
Me, who has signed at over 1200 bookstores? Who has thanked over 1500 booksellers by name in the acknowledgements of my novels? Who has named five major characters in my series after booksellers?
Now I’m the bad guy, for wanting to continue my series and make a living?
You may know that my publisher, Hyperion, dropped my Jack Daniels series after six books, even though they continue to sell well as backlist titles. The only way I could get print books in the series into the hands of fans was to sign with another publisher.
Thomas & Mercer stepped up to the plate to give my fans what they want: more Jack Daniels books.
Amazon allowed me to get into bookstores–something self-pubbing couldn’t do for me without a lot of extra work on my part. They offered me a terrific deal, and have done more marketing and promotion than any of the publishers I’ve previously worked with.
Link to the rest at Joe Konrath