Applauding Amazon: Selected Reports from Publishers Who Are Pleased

April 2005
by A PMA Roundtable

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This roundup concludes the three-part series that began in the February issue with “All About Amazon,” featuring accounts that mixed praise with complaints, and continued in the March issue with “Anti-Amazon: A Sampling of Critics’ Concerns.”

Roughly a third of the responses to our invitation about Amazon experiences were somewhere between approving and ardent, and many PMA members who are enthusiastic talk about how working with Amazon compares to working with wholesalers and other retailers–always noting that Amazon performs better.

As in earlier installments, some PMA members also offer solutions to common problems that plague others.

So far, no solution has arisen for the problem that this series of roundups highlighted: Amazon’s handling of new editions. But see “Why Doesn’t My New Edition Pop Up at Amazon?” in this issue for coverage of that, and stay tuned for reports on PMA’s ongoing efforts to get new editions the attention–and the sales–they need and deserve at Amazon.com.

–Judith Appelbaum

 

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