An interesting conversation developed downstream in the comments section between myself and Dave Starr of RetiredPay.com. I thought it beneficial enough that I would bring it up here for all y'all to read. The one interesting tidbit that I take away from the conversation is that what annoys one person is just fine with another. In the examples below, I mention that I have no interest in shipping books. Shipping product is just fine with Dave, but he would not want to have to deal with Amazon. I have been quite pleased with Amazon. Take a read.
DS: Well I found my way to one of your blogs, anyway. And the very first post is about an item which has interested me since I first saw your business model for your book ... wondered at the start why you would bother with an outfit like Amazon who competes against their own authors?
You might be interested in a friend's site, fellow by the name of Jack reed who makes a very healthy living writing and selling self-help books ... he ditched Amazon long ago and has many reasons why. www.johntreed.com. An interesting fellow.
TN: Hi Dave,
There are several reasons why I would do so. The main reason relates to how my printer, Lightning Source, provides books to Amazon. I ship no books, as a general rule, to anyone. This is part of my business model. I prefer to spend my time writing and marketing (and have done well doing so).