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Initial post: 15 Dec 2011 21:29:49 GMT
Amazon recently created a new community for authors. The `Meet Our Authors' community is designed to give authors a space to engage with one another and promote their latest and greatest works.

With the advent of the new community, we will no longer allow self-promotional posts in other communities. Starting on December 15, 2011, all "shameless self-promotion" activity will be limited to the `Meet Our Authors' community. Promotional threads outside of these forums will be removed.

We invite authors and interested readers to come join the discussion at:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/forum/meet%20our%20authors

We look forward to seeing you!

Posted on 15 Dec 2011 21:32:35 GMT
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Posted on 15 Dec 2011 21:33:18 GMT
Spin says:
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Posted on 15 Dec 2011 21:35:59 GMT
richard says:
oh boy are some authors in for a treat!

Posted on 15 Dec 2011 22:59:25 GMT
C. A. Small says:
Anita will be miffed.

Posted on 15 Dec 2011 23:26:26 GMT
Spin says:
Amazon needs finance and backing for its new Kindle. Read your contract carefully..

Posted on 16 Dec 2011 00:42:49 GMT
Last edited by the author on 16 Dec 2011 00:53:55 GMT
J A R P says:
I can just see it. A load of authors tapping away at their keyboards at each other, promoting their work. I feel like writing a book so that I can join in that interesting group. (I would rather gnaw off my own arm)

I wonder if the good authors get their own cordoned off space to relax together? Or if the bad ones will be sent down to the place where the mere 'readers' belong?

I mean, let's face it, you're not going to start reading some author because of his posts in this place, are you? So what is this? These 'shameless' people are just getting booted out! I almost feel sorry for them, now they have been kicked out.

Posted on 16 Dec 2011 04:06:46 GMT
Do you think it was something *I* said? I think I've mostly been behaving myself, but... hmmm....

Anyway. It's been fun chatting with you.

Have a merry Solstice/Christmas/Hanakkah and a happy new year!

Posted on 16 Dec 2011 09:36:59 GMT
gille liath says:
Hear that, folks? We're a community.

Cue hollow laughter...

Posted on 16 Dec 2011 10:38:27 GMT
Huck Flynn says:
can we have a forum called Meet Our Atheists ?

@gille - was that a cyncical tweet ?

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Dec 2011 10:40:18 GMT
gille liath says:
You could...but I'm afraid no-one would want to visit it. ;)

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Dec 2011 11:05:49 GMT
Huck Flynn says:
Touche

Posted on 17 Dec 2011 23:24:28 GMT
Spin says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 18 Dec 2011 11:36:34 GMT
Sombrio says:
Spin,

Exactly what IS the issue we're avoiding here,... oh wise and endlessly stirring master ?

Posted on 18 Dec 2011 11:46:58 GMT
RAB says:
I think we're supposed to be discussing how morally repugnant it is for an online retailer to be offering a place for authors of some of the products it sells to advertise their work on a forum run by said retailer for the pure purpose of profit.

Personally I don't have a problem with it, it's an easily avoidable place.

That being said, Spin talking about avoiding an issue... Pot and Kettle come to mind.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Dec 2011 17:54:54 GMT
Spin says:
Sombrio: Think about it. Amazon bans posters on its threads for no reason whatsoever but for the complaints of the forum mafia. Then we are asked to contribute our opinions in writing...Do you not see a fault in the claim that Amazon supports literature and its rather odd censorship rules? If your comments make them money, fine...If not, you are banned...

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Dec 2011 17:57:37 GMT
RAB says:
Spin. What part of "online retailer" do you not understand? Their purpose is to make money, and there is nothing wrong with that, these discussion boards are a bonus, but as many people have tried to explain to you, they can run them as they see fit.

I do despair of you at times.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Dec 2011 18:01:14 GMT
Spin says:
Rear: Yes. Money talks. Maybe someday the management of a retailer will listen to its customers and work-force instead of creating contradictory business "ethics" aimed at profit more than loyalty...

Posted on 19 Dec 2011 18:23:17 GMT
RAB says:
What on earth are you going on about now?

(It's RAB, by the way)

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Dec 2011 18:28:50 GMT
Spin says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 19 Dec 2011 18:32:33 GMT
RAB says:
The tag itself is a joke. But that's another thread.

Anyway, could you please tell me what exact situation you are referring to with this statement, or are you just posturing again?

"Maybe someday the management of a retailer will listen to its customers and work-force instead of creating contradictory business "ethics" aimed at profit more than loyalty..."

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Dec 2011 18:43:21 GMT
Spin says:
RAB; You cannot deny that the current belief is that capitalism is the means of both saving the economy and of sorting its problems. But capitalism, in even its most basic form (Even small businesses are fighting for a law that allows them to hire and fire as they see fit) considers us as consumers and labouers. We produce goods and pay for those goods, putting ourselves in debt to those who want profit. Amazons prices have escalated. (The con being "Amazon Prime") Lets put it this way: A company in which all its workers are proud of their product will be willing to sacrifice certain benefits. Why? because they love what they do. It is not money that concerns the workers or the management but the job, the product, the NAME. A name that includes your effort and dedication...If you guys cannot understand that, which obviously you do not, given the state of industrial management at the moment, then you deserve a "Workers revolution"... Money talks, to hell with labour, eh? Resource to India...No Tax, cheap labour...But no dedication...

Posted on 19 Dec 2011 18:53:06 GMT
RAB says:
Can you not see any futility and perhaps a bit of hypocrisy in moaning about capitalism on a website run by a retailer though? Personally, I cannot see what Amazon have done wrong in setting up a section of their site that helps independent authors advertise themselves and perhaps talk to customers about any feedback they may have, away from the main site that discusses all those really serious issues so well. Your main issue seems to be that Amazon are trying to make more money. They're a business, that's what they do, deal with it. They certainly aren't doing it immorally by going down this route.

As for Prime, no-one forces you to use it, you can opt out (as I do) as you see fit, their free delivery service works well enough for me.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Dec 2011 18:56:24 GMT
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