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Amazon: Price-Matching

Cheryl Campbell

Cheryl Campbell

Continuing our conversation with author Cheryl Campbell

On Jul 29, 2013, at 7:48 AM, Cheryl Campbell <!

When reading the terms of service or whatever it’s called for Amazon, for you to get the 70% of sales profits, your Amazon book has to be priced at least 20% less than other distributors, like Smashwords, or they will cut you back to 35% instead of 70%.

That seems a bit unfair, but I guess I can’t really go up against Amazon on that. However I was thinking that if I marketed on fb a coupon for Smashwords that if used would get the price down to the same as Amazon, that might help level the playing field. Does Amazon troll for that kind of thing?… posting of coupons for other sites to get the prices the same as Amazon?

Do Smashwords coupons only work if purchased off Smashwords?* Or do they also distribute to iBook, Nook, etc? I’m thinking they’re probably only good for Smashwords purchases.

Have a great one! I’m off to Pittsburgh for work.

On Mon, Jul 29, 2013 at 9:30 AM, Joel D Canfield <joel@findingwhy.comwrote:
Can you point me to that? My books are priced the same everywhere and I’m pretty sure I’m getting 70%.

On Mon, Jul 29, 2013 at 9:18 AM, Cheryl Campbell <
Terms and Conditions link: at the bottom of the Terms is this part. In red is the thing on pricing.4. Setting Your List Price

You must set your Digital Book’s List Price (and change it from time-to-time if necessary) so that it is no higher than the list price in any sales channel for any digital or physical edition of the Digital Book.

But if you choose the 70% Royalty Option, you must further set and adjust your List Price so that it is at least 20% below the list price in any sales channel for any physical edition of the Digital Book.

By “list price in any sales channel,” we mean the suggested or recommended retail price or, if you sell your book directly to end users, your own sales price, for an edition of the book available outside of our Program.

When you set your List Price for our EU websites, you have to factor in the additional 3% value-added taxes (the Luxembourg statutory rate effective January 1, 2012) we will add for EU customers, so that your List Price complies with this section after adding these VAT taxes.

On Mon, Jul 29, 2013 at 11:45 AM, Joel D Canfield <joel@findingwhy.comwrote:
“physical edition”

As in, printed, not digital.

From: Cheryl Campbell <>
Date: Mon, Jul 29, 2013 at 12:52 PM
Subject: Re: book pricing
To: Joel D Canfield <>Ah. Thanks for clarifying.

Continued Monday.

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