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Where are the "Buy" Buttons?!

Update:  Here is a new message from MacMillan CEO John Sargent.  I like him more and more everyday.  Bezos could learn a thing from this guy.

It's been several days now, and a check of Amazon.com shows that there are still no "Buy" buttons on my books.  What's the problem Amazon?  I thought you were giving in.  I thought that you were interested in taking care of the consumer and fostering an open marketplace.  I'm not sure this qualifies.

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scbutler
Feb. 4th, 2010 05:55 pm (UTC)
Truthiness will out.
davidbcoe
Feb. 4th, 2010 07:05 pm (UTC)
I suppose. I do hope MacMillan keeps kicking their butts. Maybe that'll get the message through.
arhyalon
Feb. 4th, 2010 06:18 pm (UTC)
I'm puzzled, too. I read days ago "Amazon gave in" so...where are the buy buttons?
davidbcoe
Feb. 4th, 2010 07:06 pm (UTC)
Maybe they bowed to reality, but didn't actually back down. That seems to be what they've done. Whatever their strategy, they're ticking me off.
arhyalon
Feb. 4th, 2010 07:46 pm (UTC)
It's a shame...and makes me really wish that Barnes and Nobles had a 1-click service. (Amazon patented 1-Click, but there must be ways of doing similar things.)
davidbcoe
Feb. 4th, 2010 09:39 pm (UTC)
Yes, Amazon does lots of things that I like. I've been a reliable customer for years. Sadly, that's about to change.
arhyalon
Feb. 4th, 2010 10:07 pm (UTC)
The sad thing is that I think, legally, Amazon may be in the right...I just don't like the tactics they are using to argue their point.
davidbcoe
Feb. 8th, 2010 11:22 pm (UTC)
I don't know enough about the law to say. But, like you, I don't think that treating customers and authors this way is the answer even if they are.
madkestrel
Feb. 4th, 2010 09:29 pm (UTC)
Maybe they put the Buy buttons in a drawer for safekeeping and now they just can't remember which drawer they put the buttons in...

davidbcoe
Feb. 4th, 2010 09:40 pm (UTC)
Yes, they probably left them with their collective conscience. Good like finding THAT again....
crazywritergirl
Feb. 4th, 2010 09:41 pm (UTC)
I'm impressed with our boss, too. It takes stones to go up against Amazon. In the long run this is a smart step to take. Amazon likes to believe it can rule the marketplace and its behavior will only become more egregious unless they are called out. I note that Rupert Murdoch has come out in favor of the new pricing. SMILE. That's Macmillan and Harper. Time for the others to take a stand.

The value of an e-book has little to do with the cost of the technology required to produce it. The cost should be weighed in terms of the creative resources (both the author's and the publisher's) needed to bring that book to the reader. I understand the desire to buy stuff at a fair price, but a $14.99 e-book is less than a week's worth of lattes at Starbucks for what is mostly like a year's worth of combined effort on behalf of the author and publisher.

Yeah, I know, preaching to the choir (grin).
davidbcoe
Feb. 5th, 2010 02:47 am (UTC)
Preaching to the choir, indeed. But, just for the record, I do agree entirely.
daniel_r_davis
Feb. 5th, 2010 06:30 pm (UTC)
davidbcoe
Feb. 8th, 2010 11:23 pm (UTC)
Saw this, and was pleased. They won't be the last, I would imagine.
arhyalon
Feb. 7th, 2010 02:13 am (UTC)
Hey, look!

They're back! (the buy buttons.)
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