© 2014 Craig Hart
mazon.com. The name will get a reaction, negative or positive, from almost everyone. It gives authors, even independent authors, a massive marketplace on which to showcase their work. On the other hand, Amazon has been the target of many complaints from indie authors and small presses regarding some of their business practices. One of the more recent examples is a lawsuit by independent booksellers who alleged that Amazon had "colluded with publishers 'to keep rivals from selling eBooks.'" As it happens, a judge threw out the charges on December 11, citing what ultimately came down to a lack of evidence.
At the same time, Amazon has been busy creating a lengthening list of publishing imprints, the most recent of which is StoryFront, which seeks to capitalize on the growing popularity of short work available for the Kindle. And speaking of Kindle, Amazon also offers KDP, which allows anyone to publish ebooks for the popular reading device. And let's not forget CreateSpace!