How Amazon Plans to Conquer the World of Publishing

Nicholas C. Rossis

This is a guest post by Nisar Ahmad, a digital marketing expert for Media Hicon. As you know, I put most of the blame for the current condition of the publishing world on traditional publishers, whose policies Amazon has cleverly used to its advantage. Nisar instead makes the case for the view that several Amazon policies aim at conquering the world of publishing – and more. I hope you enjoy reading this counterposition to my own.

How Amazon Plans to Conquer the World of Publishing

Amazon | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksImage: Storyblocks.com

Deny Data to Suppliers

The information that Amazon gathers from across its platform gives it influence over its book providers. However, by refusing to share that data with the very people who generate it, Amazon gains an unfavorable lead over any potential competitor—a lead so overwhelming that, save for government intercession, there is little chance of significant rivalry from anybody, regardless of whether…

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3 thoughts on “How Amazon Plans to Conquer the World of Publishing

      • Interesting. While I understand why it feels that way, I also have a trad publishing contract so I can actually compare the two. My publisher gives me a little more money than my Indie books. However, my trad books have a remarkably limited lifetime – barely a year – whereas I’m still making a nice profit off my 2017 book, Emotional Beats.

        I’m worried that authors don’t compare what they would make with a trad publisher when they complain about Amazon. Instead, they compare it to what their work deserves, which is a different conversation altogether…

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