So, I just read this article by Derek Haines, which is edgy and maybe a bit over the top. But, a lot of it resonates with me at the same time. Specifically:
(1) Reduction of the value of our free downloads. This 100% happened.
(2) The Amazon review purge. This 100% happened.
(3) Changing of algorithms to reduce the success of indie books in comparison to big six books, including Amazon’s new imprint (Thomas and Mercer). Remains to be seen.
Read the article by Derek Haines, entitled “Self Published Authors Get Ready, You’re Being Dumped” http://www.derekhaines.ch/vandal/2012/11/self-published-authors-get-ready-youre-being-dumped/
Ask yourself this at the same time. Have the price of indie books, including the fact that we are flexible enough to offer our books for free, forever changed what consumers are willing to pay for books? Stated otherwise, will consumers still pay $12.99 for an ebook, which is the thievery rate the big six charge? It would be nice to know that, at a minimum, we changed that.