I read a lot of self-published author blogs, and have noticed one or two making the same complaint in multiple (and usually unrelated) posts. It’s the blogger equivalent of persistent bellyaching.
The complaint is that Amazon has found out that the author(s) have held a sale or giveaway on their personal website/blog/another retailer’s site, and lowered the price on Amazon without asking the author’s permission.
If you read your contract with self-publishing services, you won’t be surprised when things like this happen. I have yet to come across a service that does not include a clause on this theme in its terms of service:
Publisher will, at all times, ensure that the eBook List Price:
- Is no greater than the eBook’s List Price at any other retailer, website, or sales channel.
This example is taken from Pubit!’s terms of service.
Read your contract carefully with each self-publishing channel you employ and make sure you understand it fully. That way you won’t look silly complaining about it when you fail to uphold your end of the bargain.
Retailers like Amazon and Barnes & Noble are trying to run a business. They don’t care that you’re trying to promote your blog with a sale or giveaway; they care about offering their customers the lowest possible competitive price, as any good business should.
Remember: even though self-publishers have to run every aspect of their own book-selling venture, it’s not all about you.