Why I am leaving Amazon

Amazon and our collective consumption addiction

Amazon is happy to feed our collective consumption addiction — an addiction spread by the virus of separation.

How Amazon screws over independent authors

Pricing

Royalties

  1. You give them a whopping 65% commission on every book sale. As the author and creator of your work, you take home only a 35% royalty.
  2. You join the Kindle Select program and give them a 30% commission on every book sale. You receive a 70% royalty. To qualify for this royalty rate, you have to grant exclusive distribution for a renewable period of 90 days. This means Amazon owns the rights to your book in all global marketplaces, and you cannot sell your book on any other online platform. I realized later, it also means they can give your book away as an enrollment incentive for Kindle Unlimited membership.

It feels like a naively self-limiting act of rebellion to reject the platform that controls such a vast majority of the market. Yet here I am.

Reporting

Payments

The system reeks from a lack of transparency, accountability, fairness, and integrity.

Voting with our money and attention

Every purchase we make through their platform is casting a vote for them to continue their questionable business practices, unchecked.

I have no choice but to take my energy back from Amazon, because their practices are not aligned with my values.

The big picture: world domination

Amazon’s free delivery is not truly free. In fact, it’s very expensive. It’s time to stop compromising our values for the sake of convenience.

Purpose pathlight. Conscious biz coach. New paradigm pioneer. Author, speaker and activist for Regenerative Purpose.

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Wendy May

Wendy May

Purpose pathlight. Conscious biz coach. New paradigm pioneer. Author, speaker and activist for Regenerative Purpose.

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