"My work may be garbage but it's good garbage." Mickey Spillane
Victoria Strauss tweeted about this article in PW.
Months ago the Department of Justice ruled against the Big Six publishers and their attempt to force Amazon to sell their books at a higher price. The ruling stated that the publishers were committing restraint of trade violations. So Amazon was able to sell the ebooks they published at lower prices.
The irony of the whole mess is that nothing changed. Lower prices did not alter which books went onto the best seller lists and apparently did not increase sales on those titles.
The one way that all of this bothered me was not in the pricing loss or victory. What Amazon HAS done is to make those books more competitive with the small press. For years, the small press was able to compete with the majors simply because we priced our books lower. If lower pricing from the majors becomes the rule across the breadth of distributors like Amazon, B&N, and others, then we might have to slash the prices on our own books down to the bare bone. We are not as visible as the majors. We do not have huge teams of publicists and money to toss into the ring to gain attention. With the death of places like Fictionwise, the Indies are losing a lot of the outlets they counted on from the get go.