Posted on June 28, 2022 at 8:04 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Amazon's ebook return policy is fairly generous — to readers.

And it comes at the literal expense of authors.

NPR reports that an increasing number of authors are losing money they thought they'd earned because readers have bought their Kindle books, then returned them for a full refund within seven days.

That money doesn't come out of Amazon's pocket, though; it comes from the author who originally received the royalty.

One author, Lisa Kessler, told NPR that she logged in at the end of the month to find she actually had a negative Kindle Direct Publishing balance because of so many returns.

She's among the many authors asking Amazon to alter its return policy, to prevent readers from simply treating the store as a library or thinking that read-and-return is a good way to take a dig at Amazon.

There's even a petition to that effect, started by a concerned reader, that now has over 70,000 signatures.

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