Dear Local Authors,
You might not know that CreateSpace, a self publishing company, is wholly owned by Amazon.com - a company whose questionable business practices go beyond fair competition and instead give every appearance of hostility toward not just independent bookstores, but all bricks and mortar businesses.
We take pride in our selection of books by local authors, and we created our Local Authors’ Programs in order to enable us to carry books by local authors who have self-published. However - since we also want to do everything we can to support Vermont’s strong local economy - we have made a difficult decision: Phoenix Books will not knowingly carry any new books printed by CreateSpace, even if the book is by a local author. Also, Phoenix Books will not offer services to the authors of new books published by CreateSpace as part of a Local Authors' Program arrangement.
For more information on the reasoning behind this decision, we invite you to read this article on our website and this letter from the American Booksellers Association. Then, please feel free to contact Mike DeSanto, co-owner of Phoenix Books, with any questions or concerns about this policy and/or the pros and cons of working with Amazon.
Looking for other options? Check back soon; we'll be posting a list of local and national presses that are not affiliated with Amazon.