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Open Letter to Amazon

Please feel free to copy and paste this email (just put in your name instead of mine) and fire it off to Amazon, especially when you sell your books on Amazon.


As more often their practice is questioned, as more they might think about to chance it.

Emailed to

“Hello, Dear Amazon

I just read in a blog about surcharges for Amazon books in certain countries, and I must admit, I also was a bit wondering when I ordered a German e-book from Amazon, that instead of the 0.99 Euro I had to pay 3.49 Euro – which means approx. 250% more than the original price…

One blog-commentar said:
“And let’s not forget that for authors who have chosen the 2.99 – 9.99$ price point for the 70% royalties : when selling in a “surcharged” country, the royalties are limited to 35% and not 70%, which means for a 2.99$ book sold at 4.99, the author gets 1$ and Amazon 4$ instead of 2$ / 1$ …
Amazon quadruples its profit?”

Comment on a blog

Please can you verify, if an author, who’s book is sold to a “Non-Amazon-Country” receives only 35% – even when the book is priced between $2.99 and 9.99 US ?

Thanks a lot in advance for clarifying,

P.S. As you can see from my blog that I promote Amazon a lot, but this is an issue which doesn’t fit in the “big picture” and I (and my readers) really want to know if it is true…


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