Posted on 06/24/2021 at 10:32 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: The Fussy Librarian encourages authors to make their own decisions over selling wide versus going Amazon exclusive.

And we try to share as much expert information as possible to empower those choices.

So in that spirit, here’s Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s latest take on Amazon exclusivity, given the recent political developments in the US (and the less-recent ones beyond those borders).

In a nutshell, Rusch warns that the current appetite is to rein in big tech’s power.

Nothing under consideration is likely to kill Amazon, but should any anti-trust action be taken, the advantages for indies of being Amazon exclusive will certainly disappear, in her opinion.

Rusch has no illusions that making a switch from exclusive to wide is easy, so she suggests — for those who agree with her concerns — moving over lower-performing works to a wide market now, in order to gradually build audiences elsewhere before anti-trust shoes drop. 

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