Flash! Tom Reynolds doesn’t want you to get his books from Amazon

Well, I sent out a post earlier today to let you know about two freebies from The Friday Project.

I said I was a bit trepidatious, but not for a reason that has developed. 

The author of one of them, Tom Reynolds, has asked people not to get his books from Amazon.

As he says in this post in his blog:

“Please don’t buy them from Amazon for $12 (or whatever the cost)”

I do respect what authors want.  Presumably, he would be getting a royalty on these, which he is willing to forego on a manner of principle.  He also says:

“I note that Amazon are selling my two ebooks on their Kindle store without the permission of me, or my publisher.”

Obviously, that would be a serious problem.  The book presumably would have to have been sent to Amazon at some point, and then there would be a request for withdrawal which Amazon was not honoring. 

The book is available free at one of the other sites I recommend, ManyBooks.net.

Blood, Sweat & Tea (this one is not free at Amazon)

More Blood, More Sweat, and Another Cup of Tea 

As you can guess, he and I have rather different interpretations of the Amazon/Macmillan disagreement.  He sees Amazon as being anticompetitive, and I see Macmillan as falling more into that line.

I want to assure Mr. Reynolds that I was unaware of his wishes when I sent out the other post.  I respect that he has taken a principled position that costs him royalties, even though his opinion on the situation is different from mine.  As regular readers know, I don’t link to products from publishers that block text-to-speech, so I understand taking that kind of stand.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.


2 Responses to “Flash! Tom Reynolds doesn’t want you to get his books from Amazon”

  1. K L Myers Says:

    I, for one, will also honor Mr. Reynolds’ request. Thank you for placing the update next to your original post, so I could make my support clear by avoiding purchase.

    • bufocalvin Says:

      Thanks for posting, K.!

      That’s fine…I was unaware of Mr. Reynolds’ stand when I first posted, so I did want to add it in to that post so people could decide. I also sent out an updated tweet.

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