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Weâ€™re having ongoing discussions with Amazon.com and other online book sellers about removing record of my booksâ€™ previous incarnations. Iâ€™m trying to break ties with the old business model, you know?
Going through Amazon.com and other middlemen doubles the price of my books. Since they donâ€™t store print-on-demand titles, or advertise the books, itâ€™s impossible to justify the extra cost. Okay, they index the titles in a haystack of ISBNâ€™s, but thatâ€™s as far as it goes. Anyone looking for one of my books would have to know the title going in, and then part with a considerable sum of money to order one, especially with shipping attached. I saw no reason to continue that relationship. In fact, the exorbitant price they charge made the whole enterprise counterproductive and acted to perpetuate the myth that print-on-demand titles have to be expensive. They donâ€™t. Not if you remove the middleman and sell directly.
So far, they wonâ€™t remove the information or alter its description to reflect those editionsâ€™ status as out-of-print with that publisher. Amazon.com says: â€œAs you may know, we offer customers the opportunity to locate out-of-print books through our Marketplace feature. It is our aim to list a wide selection of titles for our customersâ€™ reference and convenience, so it is not our practice to remove a listing even when it is out of print.â€ If they were truly interested in providing information for their customersâ€™ convenience then it would better serve them to let the bookâ€™s details reflect its true status.
Gwellstaylor.com and Wildclown.com say it is not our practice to have a company flogging books that G. Wells Taylor owns copyrights for without his permission. Amazon.com had a deal with my former publisher, not me. I’ll keep you posted.