Video: Why Richard Russo says Amazon is a predator

Richard Russo paidContent 2012

Richard Russo paidContent 2012At our recent paidContent 2012 conference, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo said he believes that new young writers are at risk of never being discovered on Amazon due to the company’s algorithms. Russo proposed some solutions for this problem — including the personal attention from indie booksellers like his daughter Emily’s Greenlight Bookstore in Brooklyn. Russo, now on The Authors Guild board, also talked with our Jeff John Roberts about Amazon’s “predatory” pricing, why he won’t self publish and more.

Here’s the full 22-minute video:

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By the way, Russo and another daughter Kate are appearing at Greenlight Monday night to promotoe their print-only collaboration Interventions.

Follow more of our book publishing coverage by Laura Hazard Owen during BookExpo America this week and beyond on Twitter @laurahazardowen and here.

Update: Just after this went live, Amazon announced the acquisition of Avalon Books. The owner’s reasons for selling to the e-tailer show a very different view.

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