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Amazon is still a bookstore, right?

I received an email from Amazon Marketing Services this morning. Color me confused. 


Thank you for submitting your ad campaign “Dreamspinner Press 02/19/2014” for review. Unfortunately, we are unable to approve your ad as we are not accepting any ads relating to books or publishers at the moment. As a result, your campaign will not be served. We apologize for the inconvenience.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please contact us.

The Amazon Marketing Services Team  

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  1. Amazon has been doing this for quite awhile, at least for books only. I inquired last year for Children of the Knight since Amazon no longer lets authors tag a book for the groups it ought to be in and that means no one will ever find a book unless they know the exact title. Crazy system.

  2. So glad I'm not the only one that misses the tag. I learned about some great new authors/books through the tag system.

  3. Lou Lou

    I don't understand about no book ads. Why would they do such a thing? Books are their mainstay. Is there any way to know whether they are being selective in sending this (apparently) canned response?

  4. I followed up with them and they are accepting no ads for books or publishers at this time. It isn't genre or publisher specific.

  5. Hmmm. Perhaps trying to build alternative business lines that they perceive as more profitable?

  6. I am baffled. They do ad campaigns to make money for Amazon. How is this not shooting themselves in the foot?

    Christopher Hawthorne Moss

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