Consider the big controversies in publishing in 2014 and then read this post on astroturfing from back January: http://t.co/HFSLlOfdU7
— David Gaughran (@DavidGaughran) November 19, 2014
The real problem for large publishers is that readers are discovering books not published by them. What large publishers have is a competition problem, and the competition is eating their lunch. (Note: hence misguided projects like Bookish – a publisher marketing vehicle masquerading as a discovery site.)
Out of all the large retailers, Amazon is unique in giving small publishers and self-publishers a level playing field, instead of selling off all the high-visibility spots in backroom co-op deals with large publishers. By the way, I think this is the real reason large publishers hate Amazon: it isn’t part of the club and doesn’t play by the “rules.”
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