Among comments and statements about Amazon's delisting of all e-books by Independent Publishers Group's clients:
"My book has been delisted from Amazon, thanks to a contractual dispute between the retailer and my distributor, IPG. This is frequently described in the press as 'removing the buy buttons,' but in my case--since my book has no print edition--it is much worse. My book page has vanished entirely. Reviews, summary, everything.
"I blame Amazon, even though I have not been an Amazon-hater in the past. So what am I going to do about? What can I do? Well, since Amazon is failing to support me, I am going to withdraw support from Amazon and give it to people who have supported me. Here's what I've done so far:
"I've removed the Amazon button from whytheycried.com. The book is still available via WORD bookstore in Greenpoint, direct from the publisher, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Apple, Google, and Sony. I recommend these options in roughly that order, based on how much they've supported the book--the last four being more or less equal." --Jim Hanas, author of Why They Cried, published by ECW Press, distributed by IPG
"Amazon presents itself as the new paradigm in publishing, but at heart it reveals a grocery clerk's mindset that feels resentment at the fruit cart that sets up for business across the street. Naturally, one should not expect moral fiber from a giant corporation whose interest in books is the same as its interest in lug-wrenches: units to be sold at profit. (It should always be kept in mind that Amazon has no affinity for the written word.) Amazon is used to dictating terms to vendors and it does not look any more kindly upon publishers or publishers' bottom lines. It may seem a stretch of the imagination even to envision Amazon as the sole publisher in the country, but it is not a stretch to see Amazon as the sole dominant bookseller--this is Amazon's CEO Jeff Bezos' wet dream. What Amazon is doing as a publisher is producing a store brand, a knockoff of a bestselling product that is sold alongside the original, but at a cheaper price. More choices are good for consumers, but how would buyers react if they go into a Wal-Mart and all they see are store brands on the shelves?" --Luis Ortiz, senior editor, Nonstop Press, distributed by IPG
"The American Booksellers Association has always supported the principle that the reading public is better served when all titles--in all formats--are available to everyone." --Oren Teicher, CEO, American Booksellers Association
"Certainly independent publishers value their relationships with all trading partners, but that relationship can't be at the expense of their livelihood. We at IBPA are especially concerned with the impact that ever-declining profit margins have on the smaller independent publisher who is least able to absorb it. We commend IPG for its support of the independent publishing community and for shining the spotlight on this critical issue." --Florrie Binford Kichler, president, Independent Book Publishers Association