In an interview with Book Business, Chelsea Green President Margo Baldwin continues to dig her own grave with independent book sellers.
For those of you in the cheap seats, check out this post. There are a couple more on the subject, but this gives you the general idea.
The money quote for me comes early in the interview, when Baldwin states:
It seems [that it is] sometimes hard for booksellers to understand that we are not in the same business as them and do not have the exact same priorities. Nor do they seem to understand the challenges of a small publisher competing against the corporate conglomerates.
Margo, for the last time, here’s is the reason that independent booksellers are po’d at you. Your company spent a lot of time and effort courting the business of independent booksellers. You proceeded to get in bed with Bezos & Co. because it was economically expedient for you. You then belittle the frustration that booksellers were feeling with your open letter to booksellers (which is, curiously, no longer available on your website).
Listen, if you wanna bump uglies with Amazon, it’s a free country. However, do you know why you don’t hear a thousand indies screaming bloody murder when it was announced that Stephen King had penned an exclusive novella for the Kindle? It’s because King didn’t spend the last eight months telling independent booksellers how wonderful they are and how important they are to his survival. Everyone knows that he’s looking out for number one.
At least he’s honest about it.
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