I’ve gotten word from one of my publishers that some of my books could have their print copies removed from Amazon soon. Apparently, that Amazon buy box thing allows 3rd party sellers to bid on the ability to sell people a book through Amazon’s POD system without having to pay royalties (Amazon would no longer sell the print any other way). If one of that publisher’s books gets bidded, they’ll remove the print option from Amazon.
Just a heads up on that, in case it happens. They’ve already had to pull one. Kindle versions would still be on Amazon and print would still be available from the publisher, Barnes and Noble, and other retailers, just no print from Amazon.
Seems kind of a weird thing for Amazon to do. They have to know publishers would kill print through Amazon if they weren’t getting any money at all, leaving Amazon with no sales for that and a less comprehensive buying site (the opposite of what they’ve been going for all this time). These may not be a huge number of sales, but there are tons of these books published in this fashion that they will lose. Why would a 3rd party bid? It’ll get killed right after they do, since Amazon would no longer be useful for print for a publisher.
Anyway, I’m sure Amazon has their reasons. Just giving you a heads up.