Why am I cranky?
This is why.
My opinion? Yanking a publisher's books just to get them to back down in a negotiation is the behavior of jackasses (No, that's not swearing. I mean the literal animal.)
When that doesn't work, does Amazon say "sorry, let's discuss this in a rational manner now"?
Releasing a statement that makes you sound like Robin Hood defending the little people when you're the biggest online retailer in the world is the behavior of jackasses.
For that matter, acting like you really care about the reader and have a "mission" to help them, while trying to corner the market on a three hundred dollar device comes perilously close to the behavior of jackasses.
I have to go look at pictures of kittens now.
(Fair warning: I welcome discussion in the comments, and have faith that my regulars can be civil. But if you are new here and you leave me a jackass comment, I will delete you. My stock of patience is all out today.)
Me: “Hello, sir, how may I help you?”
Customer: “Do you have those books in that series?”
Me: “Which series is that?”
Customer: “You know, the one by that famous author.”
Me: “There are lots of famous authors, sir. Do you know what one of the books was called?
Customer: “I want the third book in the series by that famous author!”
Me: “I’m sorry, sir, but without more information, I don’t know which book you’re after.”
Customer: “This is ridiculous! How could you not know the ones I’m talking about? They’re FAMOUS!”
Just think, fellow writers. Someday that could be us.
See you Monday!