There was a time when I was a Kindlecrite (Kindle Hypocrite). Criticising Amazon’s e-book reading system whilst selling my books on the platform. In the end, moral pressure became too much and I pulled my books off Amazon. If I relied on the income I’d be a dead man by now.
Tail between the legs I whimpered back to Amazon and started all over again. For all its trillions, Apple don’t hold a candle in terms of ebook sales, Barnes & Noble pathetic minnows, and Smashwords, bless ’em. They try. But over the past year I’ve noticed a curious phenomenon in the world of indie-publishing bloggers.
One week I’ll read an article about how Amazon is the Bashar al-Assad of the book publishing world, ruthlessly killing off all opposition. Kindle Unlimited, Amazon Prime, all these devious business models that will ultimately lead to Armageddon and the end of publishing as we know it.
Then, the following week, the same bloggers will be calling out to authors everywhere, explaining why Kindle is the only game in town. Don’t waste your time formatting an ebook for anyone else; you might as well go out and hang yourself. Not worth it, waste of time (the fact that they’ve spent a year writing a novel, but can’t find thirty minutes formatting it for another publishing system sails over their head).
The fact is, Amazon are unavoidable – the irony is, I made more money last year through Apple and B&N than Amazon, but I suspect it was the same person who had some kind of C Harrison season. Yes, Amazon are unavoidable tax avoiding slave drivers with an insatiable business model. But they’re a necessary evil.
If that bothers you, go and cry into your soup, or better still adopt a position and stick to it. If you hate Amazon say so and avoid them. If you can’t do without Amazon say so and stop criticising them, but one way or the other stop being a Kindlecrite. Flip flopping like a suffocating mackerel makes you look like an idiot.
PS We Are Toten Herzen and all my other utterly brilliant books are available from Amazon and all good online bookstores, and probably from some really crappy ones as well.