Sane rants on an insane world. Read at your own risk. Don't blame me if your head explodes.
I understand Amazon is having a dispute with a major distributor of digital and paper books, and is not offering the works of authors under contract to that distributor. I am glad you are not involved in that foolishness. It's like Direct TV always cutting out the good stations you pay for and replacing them with "The Filipino underwater basket weaving channel" until they can get the programming at a better price.
Nope--that dispute isn't on Amazon. That dispute is on the publishers. The publishers wanted 100% of all money from e-sales, without taking into account that Amazon has to pay upkeep on their servers that contain the electronic copy. And they were charging fully as much for the e-books as they were for the paper copy and thought it was Amazon's fault that the e-copy wasn't selling as fast as they thought it should. I might like the every-six-month big royalty checks, but I don't think I'd be willing to put up with most of the publishers. They're not only ideologically slanted so hard they're nearly horizontal, but they tend to screw their authors over, worse than they do their distributors.