Jeff Bezos loves you.
I know the feeling isn’t always mutual, but nobody’s done more for authors since Johannes Gutenberg.
During Thursday’s big hardware announcement from Amazon, the CEO (who has never looked more comfortable or effective addressing the world, by the way) could have just ignored you.
After all, not all tech leaders have made a point of crediting authors…and especially, independently published authors.
Bezos devoted quite a bit of this extraordinarily valuable time doing just that.
He showed a graph of how much more Kindle readers read after getting the device…and said how important that was. It’s also been accelerating in a crazy manner. Each year, Kindle readers have been reading more.
It’s not just brand name authors. Jeff made a point that 27 of the top 100 paid books at the Kindle store are published through Kindle Direct Publishing.
Jeff talked about how many rejections some successful authors have gone through, and how there are great books that haven’t been published.
They took the time to show a video of authors who are living their dreams to dream their livings by writing.
Credit was given for the exclusive books at Amazon, including those in the KOLL (Kindle Owners’ Lending Library).
He even literally lead a round of applause for KDP authors! How often do writers get that kind of public, big stage acknowledgement?
I don’t doubt it…Jeff Bezos loves independent authors.
Start the video of the conference at about 19 minutes if you want to get a warm fuzzy from one of the most important people in the history of books.
Recent posts in the I Love My Kindle blog which may be of particular interest to WG2E readers:
- Which Kindle should you buy? September 2012
- Judge Cote approves DoJ Agency Model settlement
- Snapshot: September 1 2012
- paidContent: “Exclusive: Amazon NY signs deal to sell its ebooks through other retailers”
- Can respecting authors mean not reading their books?
Note: picture of Jeff Bezos used with permission of Amazon.
Bufo Calvin is the author of the popular I Love My Kindle blog and six titles in the Kindle store, including the #1 bestseller Love Your Kindle Fire: The ILMK Guide to Amazon’s Entertablet. Bufo is proud to be a part of the WG2E family.