The Seven Day War between Amazon and my publisher’s parent company Macmillan seems to be over. Amazon restored the Buy buttons to my books last night, and by all reports to the rest of the Macmillan catalogue as well.
Am I going to restore the Amazon links that I took down from my website? (I didn’t go through my site methodically removing all links, but I did take down the most prominent ones.) Let me get back to you on that. It potentially costs me money in the form of referral fees—not a lot of money, but every little bit helps—to keep them down. But Amazon has been behaving badly of late, and I want to think before I jump right back into bed with them.
The tide seems to be turning in the publishing industry. Two other giants have announced their intention to seek similar changes in the way ebooks are priced and divvied up.
Is this a good thing or a bad thing? I wish I knew. I really do.