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.

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

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

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