How Amazon is pushing Canadian publishers’ buttons

Open this photo in gallery: Author Michelle Berry, seen in October, 2016 in her Peterborough, Ont., bookstore, says she gives ‘no thought’ to Amazon. Other booksellers, however, are upset by the some of the online retail giant’s recent changes to how books are sold through its website. Biblioasis publisher Dan Wells spent a recent morning browsing Amazon, growing gradually more agitated with every click. He was already unhappily aware of a disturbing change to Amazon’s bookselling practice – one that allows third-party vendors to claim the prominent one-click buy button, so that books that previously would have been sold by Amazon directly can be quietly shipped from a variety of sellers. He just had no clue how pervasive the practice had swiftly become. As Wells browsed, he ultimately discovered that nearly 200 of the roughly 220 titles published by his prestigious, Windsor, Ont.-based small press had Amazon listings that were, at least for a time, ceded to third-party vendors. That means that, as one example, a customer looking to purchase Samuel Archibald’s Giller Prize-shortlisted Arvida who simply clicks "Add to Cart" would in fact be ordering the book not from Amazon but a third-party vendor called "Reuseabook." A given […]

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