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  1. I’m in the group with Bob, too. I get a few sales from/through Smashwords, and finally sold my first book on Sony, which I’d forgotten even sells books.

    It’s frustrating, just as you said with all your points above, but I want to do my really small part to make it worth these various outlets’ time. This, of course, is in the hopes of keeping competition among the sellers out there so that we reduce the chances of authors getting taken advantage of by a single outlet in the future.

    • …so that we reduce the chances of authors getting taken advantage of by a single outlet in the future.

      That’s the scary thing, isn’t it? If we all jump on board Amazon’s ship and they decide to kick us off, the indie revolution will be snuffed in a heartbeat.

      • Yep, and what do we do if they say, oh, we’re knocking the percentage down to 30%, and then 20%, and then before long we’re back to where we started.

        Plus, I sympathize with Smashwords since I own a small company myself. I think their heart is in the right place and they’re just swamped with work and uploads. I trust small business owners like that, so I want to see them succeed.

  2. As I near the completion of my first book I’ve been going through the options too and I’ll probably go with Select until I have a few more books online. Having all your eggs in one basket may not be the smartest thing, but it’s a calculated risk and you can choose to do it short term. At least there is some flexibility there. Besides, I expect competition to get fiercer among Amazon’s competitors as they battle to outmanoeuvre each other and Amazon. The fallout of that will be like pixie dust to indie authors — I hope.

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