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Amazon, which has been the world’s largest bookseller for over two decades, recently launched a publishing house that could permanently change the book industry.
According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, Amazon has recently started publishing books through its own publishing house. The news is concerning for some, considering the access that Amazon has to customers.
Case - Author - Mark - Sullivan - Book
Consider the case of author Mark Sullivan, who sold a book to Amazon’s new publishing house in 2015. Sullivan’s book was emailed to Amazon First Read’s 7 million email subscribers in a newsletter that exclusively promoted books published by Amazon’s house. Shortly after the newsletter was sent, Sullivan’s book received 300,000 digital downloads. Since then, Sullivan’s book has sold 1.5 million copies in digital, physical, and audio formats.
The Seattle-based giant houses 15 imprints in the U.S. under the Amazon Publishing banner, turning out everything from thrillers to romance novels to books translated from other languages. Amazon published 1,231 titles in the U.S. in 2017, up from 373 in 2009, the year it entered the $16 billion-a-year consumer book publishing business.
Works - Publishers - Owning - Amazon - First
To promote these works, it has tools other publishers can only dream about owning, including Amazon First...
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