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Dear Reader,

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The reaction to my decision to cut ties with am*zon resonated with a lot of readers. I received many emails from publishers and authors who offered support and shared their own stories.

Publishers Weekly, the publishing industry’s leading trade magazine, reported on this decision. Others including; Melville House, an independent publisher based in Brooklyn, NY; and ActuaLitte.com a daily newspaper focused on books (French Language) reported on AALBC’s story and have been writing about am*zon’s abuses for some time.

Some authors expressed concern that AALBC would no longer list their books if they were only available only on am*zon; this is not the case. The books will stay on the website, as AALBC has evolved into a historical archive of the books our authors have published. AALBC has simply stopped sending readers to am*zon’s site to buy books. I’m also encouraging authors to avoid allowing am*zon to be their exclusive bookseller.

As always, thank you for your support, and please keep reading!

Peace and Love,
Troy Johnson
Founder & Webmaster, AALBC.com

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