Amazon shuts down Draft2Digital’s account

Those of you who use the Draft2Digital service are probably already aware of this, but once again Amazon ends up kicking a number of independent authors and publishers right in the ass.

While talking with my publisher last night, she informs me that Amazon has basically shut down D2D’s account for being in violation of their TOS. In addition, D2D has been blocked from all access to their account.

Details are still somewhat sketchy, but apparently Amazon discovered a couple of authors who submitted directly to Amazon, while at the same time submitted to D2D to distribute to Amazon, basically listing their books twice in order to try and generate more sales. Apparently this also brought to light that a handful of authors who were banned from listing on Amazon submitted to D2D to have their books listed on Amazon through them. D2D of course had no way of knowing if someone was submitting to Amazon while at the same time submitting to them, nor any way of knowing if an author was previously banned from listing on Amazon unless Amazon informed them. While in the process of working in good faith to resolve the situation, Amazon arbitrarily blocked D2D from their account and threaten to shut it down completely. Amazon is currently not accepting any submissions at all from D2D.

In other words, because of the actions of a small handful of authors, EVERY independent author using D2D’s service just received the royal shaft. This affects HUNDREDS of independent authors!

Amazon is quickly becoming the Walmart of the publishing industry.

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2 responses

  1. I received The Letter(s) too. Certainly did not appreciate them. Not that I was exactly raking in the sales (I’m more of a poetry guy and everyone knows poetry doesn’t sell). But it was such good news to see such an outfit like D2D come into existence. It was like The Answer I’d wished for. I was going to try a little of everything, conduct all kinds of experiments. Because of nothing to lose.

    And I recall checking out other options and trying to decide which way to go and crossing off the others in favor of D2D for the sheer features and perks that made D2D, D2D. Count me among the thousands of highly pissed off people – I’m an easy-going person who doesn’t get easily or often pissed off. I can only hope the issue can be sorted out. Soon. I know the obvious course is to take stock of reality and go with the kdp deal. But my conscience puts up strenuous resistance to that option so it almost does not qualify as an option.

    Grrr.

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    1. Thank you for commenting, and sharing your opinions. My heart goes out to you and all the other authors this greatly affects.

      Feel free to pass these posts along if you wish. 🙂 (Hell, maybe Amazon’s dickheadedness might just net me some free advertising. LOL!!)

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