The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America has responded to the Amazon/Independent Publishers Group (IPG) contract lapse by removing Amazon links for books on its website
The site now links to other retailers, including Indiebound.org, Powell’s and Barnes & Noble.
SFWA explains the move on its site: “SFWA is redirecting Amazon.com links from the organization’s website to other booksellers because we would prefer to send traffic to stores where the books can actually be purchased.” SF books that are only available through Amazon will remain linked to the Amazon product page.
SFWA is not alone. Last week author Jim Hanas removed the Amazon buy button from his website for the book Why They Cried. eBook social networking site Copia also responded by running a sale on titles that had been cut from the Kindle store.
Last week, news broke that Amazon did not renew its contract with the Independent Publishers Group — a group that distributes books for more than 400 indie publishers — which has resulted in the removal of almost 5,000 books from the Kindle store. (Via io9.com.)