Antellus, an independent publisher and seller of science fantasy adventure and nonfiction books on related subjects, has a tough choice to make concerning Kindle products in its catalog.
"A conflict of interest has arisen between Data Text Platform, Amazon's ereader publishing engine, and Antellus," author and CEO Theresa M. Moore said. "Books which had been published as ebook editions for the Kindle format, and retired to make room for new and updated editions with new ASINs, are being sold even after they were marked retired and taken off line. DTP has not explained why it also has chosen to park the new images on the old catalog listings and in other ways made the new editions unsellable. Emails to their feedback address has not produced any real results. The practical effect is that Antellus will not lose anything by switching to other ereaders to continue its product offerings in other formats."
A further consideration is the slow transition on the part of Kindle to a color format, while other ereader platforms have already exceeded that expectation. Ms. Moore is also entertaining the notion of calling for a boycott of Amazon by other publishers not satisfied with Amazon's seller agreement, which allows Amazon to modify and/or sell books from its suppliers in whatever format it chooses at its own discretion. This spells a dangerous situation for authors and publishers wanting to take advantage of the Amazon marketplace. Its vastness allows for mistakes and fundamental errors in accounting for sales and other issues; both for the consumer and for the seller.
Antellus offers its books only from its own web site and affiliate partners, including Lulu, Bards and Sages, Amazon Kindle, Scribd and Smashwords. Antellus also offers a 30 day money back guarantee on books returned for defects and damages as long as they are returned to the publisher, not the printer. There are no refunds for ebooks.
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