We previously reported about Amazon removing purchased ebooks from Kindle devices. You can read more in the “related” links at the end of this post.
If you have a smartphone or a tablet, you may have experienced something similar. Last year, an app I used almost daily suddenly did not work. I discovered that it was simply no longer available. While I’d paid good money (okay…$2.99) for that app, I never received a refund.
This week, we’re all hearing about social media cancelling people’s accounts, apps being cancelled, banks refusing to do business with certain people and groups, Apple, Amazon, and others refusing service to specific companies, and much more. It seems there’s a frenzy of companies doing these actions to get press (or to cover their hides).
My personal accounts on THREE social media platforms were banned in 2020, with no warning whatsoever, after I posted the cover of our Managing Editor’s new book. An author we know, who is also a pastor, had his Paypal account banned (and they’re still holding his money). Their reason?
“…we’re unable to continue offering our services to you at this time due to the nature of your business and the risk it poses to PayPal.”
He wrote two Christian religious books!
(Note: If you accept payments via Paypal, when you receive a payment, immediately have it transferred to your bank account.)
While I won’t get into the politics of it all (Heaven knows we’re all drowning in that stuff right now), this all serves as an important reminder that what we buy electronically may not always belong to us. And, that includes ebooks. If you want to keep any book forever, you should buy the print edition. Amazon can’t take that away from you, and neither can anyone else…unless they really do start burning books.
- Amazon’s on a Digital Book Burning Spree – Could YOUR Book Be Next?
- Another Amazon virtual book burning
- Are YOU Being Censored?
- How I Outwitted Government Censors to Publish My Book – by Leonard A. Slutsky
- Amazon CANCELLED an Order for my Print on Demand Book! How Can They Do This?!
Got questions about Print On Demand and Self-publishing? Ask Angela Hoy.
About The Author
Angela Hoy is the publisher of WritersWeekly.com, the author of 19 books, and the co-owner of BookLocker.com (one of the original POD publishers that still gets books to market in less than a month), PubPreppers.com (print and ebook design for authors who truly want to self-publish), and Abuzz Press (the publishing co-op that charges no setup fees).
Angela has lived and traveled across the U.S. with her kids in an RV, settled in a river-side home in Bradenton, FL, and lived on a 52 ft Irwin sailboat. Angela now resides on a mountaintop in Northwest Georgia, where she plans to spend the rest of her days bird watching, gardening, hiking, and taking in all of the amazing sunrises.
WritersWeekly.com - the free marketing ezine for writers, which features new paying markets and freelance job listings every Wednesday.
BookLocker.com - According to attorney Mark Levine, author of The Fine Print, BookLocker is: "As close to perfection as you're going to find in the world of ebook and POD publishing. The ebook royalties are the highest I've ever seen, and the print royalties are better than average. BookLocker understands what new authors experience, and have put together a package that is the best in the business. You can't go wrong here. Plus, they're selective and won't publish any manuscript just because it's accompanied by a check. Also, the web site is well trafficked. If you can find a POD or epublisher with as much integrity and dedication to selling authors' books, but with lower POD publishing fees, please let me know."
Abuzz Press offers FAST and FREE book publication, but only accepts a small percentage of submissions, and only works with U.S. authors.
PubPreppers.com - "We Prep, You Publish!" Print and ebook design for authors who truly want to self-publish. Offers formatting and design services only, and then provides simple instructions for authors on where to sign up to have the print and ebook editions printed/listed/sold. Cut out the middle man. Keep 100% of what bookstores pay for your book!
Angela's POD Secrets Revealed Series can be found HERE.
Have a POD Book with another publisher? See if BookLocker can give you a better deal. (BookLocker offers "disgruntled author discounts" to those who want to move from other POD services.)
See BookLocker's publishing packages HERE.
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BOOKLOCKER ON FACEBOOK - Provides links to free excerpts!
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Angela is the creator of the Original 24-Hour Short Story Contest!
Read More Of Angela's Articles HERE
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Just found this website. Lots to find out about this site and who you are as there are so many scams and landmines in the book world. But living on a boat seems very cool.
I’m an author/self publisher of one book with small sales (before Covid about 300 per year).
I too, keep only a few bucks in PayPal and have a dedicated bank account for PayPal and keep only a few dollars it that one too.
Mine is a Christian book, and am very wary of Amazon and other big techs.
Glad to have found this site. Hope it turns out on the up and up.
This makes me angry.
Amazon is so big, they think they have to destroy all competition
no matter how big or small
I never keep more than $20.00 in Paypal. I have a checking account that I use only for Paypal transfers, and I never keep more than $100.00 in that account. Better to be safe…….
http://www.paypalsucks.com says it all – or enough to tell us to never use paypal
but after the way they screwed me over I did not need to find that site and not surprised that some sites like that are out there