Amazon recently made a major change regarding how they sell print books. It used to be that the first offer would be from Amazon themselves with other sellers appearing below Amazon’s offer. This is not the case anymore. Now Amazon allows third-party sellers to compete with them. So, there may be three or more third-party sellers whose offers you see before Amazon’s. The problem with this is that when you buy books from third-party sellers, the author doesn’t earn anything from the sale, which really hurts self-published authors like me.
It should also be noted that many of these third-party sellers have obtained the books illegally. There are several different ways they do this, which I won’t get into, but, please, if you buy my books please order them from Amazon and not these third-party sellers. Buying from Amazon will get you the books much, much faster if you have Prime. Even if you don’t have Prime, you’ll likely get the books faster than you would from a third-party seller. This is because many of these third-party sellers don’t actually have the books on hand. Many of them just order them from CreateSpace when someone places an order for one and it’ll take at least a full week for CreateSpace to get the book in their hands and then they still have to ship it to you themselves. So, you’ll likely be waiting a couple of weeks for your book if you buy from a third-party seller. The sellers might be charging less than Amazon, but in this case, it would be because they’re selling the book at a loss in an attempt to earn your future business, which isn’t fair to authors who can’t afford to sell their books at a loss.
I’d love to sell my print books for less than Amazon charges, but here’s a little-known fact: CreateSpace dictates a minimum price you can charge for the books they make. And my books are priced at the minimum I can sell them for. If they’d let me sell them for less, believe me, I would because I’d probably sell more copies and make more money in the long run if I could sell them for less. Unfortunately, CreateSpace has their rules.