"Mr. Preston is not one of those writers who checks his Amazon ranking on a regular basis, or even totes up his sales. He would rather be writing. But he recently thought he should get some numbers from Hachette. They came in the other morning, and they seemed worth sharing with his wife, Christine.
About half his book sales used to come from Amazon. But since the retailer started discouraging orders, his paperback sales are down 61 percent and his e-book sales are down 62 percent. His last novel, written with Mr. Child and published by Hachette in November, was “White Fire.” A week before publication, 25,000 Amazon customers had ordered a copy.
Their new novel, “The Lost Island,” came out Tuesday. It had only a few thousand pre-orders, all made before Amazon lowered the boom on Hachette and stopped selling forthcoming Hachette books.
Mrs. Preston, a photographer, studied the bleak sheet.
“It’s gotten personal,” she said. “I knew you were going to take a hit, but I had no idea it would be like this.”
“Are you worried?” Mr. Preston asked. “Because you should be. What if Amazon says, ‘Why should we sell Doug Preston’s books? He’s a thorn in our sides.’ Guess what? All this goes away.”
Just another article regarding how the books that the publisher Hachette publishes are not available on Amazon anymore. Also, it is sort of nice that “major” writers are waking up to what Amazon is/has been doing…which is trying to diminish content creators even though they claim otherwise.
And that Amazon has changed how the majority of people (at least in USA) buy/consume much of their books/content. But it doesn’t have to be so.