By now you probably have heard about the Paypal fiasco, Bookstrand and ARe removing hundreds if not thousands of titles, or declaring that they will be. Bookstrand sent out letters to indie authors or in release statements saying it was a "Mistake" to publish indie authors because of our "obscenity" and effectively removing most of the indie authors that competed with the sales of their in house published Siren books.
ARe has seemed much more "politically correct" in their statements, gently admonishing the removal - or reminding that these "pseudo-incest, rape, and barely legal titles" shouldn't have ever been published on their site originally due to their graphic nature.
But whether nice or mean they're still sharpening their swords. These seeming supporters of Indie writers have turned and hacked of our hands.
Sure we can still sell our "obscenities" at other markets like Smashwords, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble, but in truth I feel more concerned that these "small contenders" didn't even pretend to fight for us. They simply hacked us apart and didn't think twice.
What happens when Paypal, our own personal nemesis, starts pushing on our "bigger" resources, will they chop off our heads or stand for our (and their!) rights to publish and make money with us. Will Paypal - the big fish in online money transactions really take on a site as big as Barnes and Noble? Will we be secluded and sequestered down to Amazon alone - not because of KDP Select or Barnes and Noble's determination to remove Amazon published books from their brick and mortar stores, but because they offer Paypal as an option for payment?
Life's not a fairy-tale, its very possible that our Knights like B&N won't stand for us... we have to fight for ourselves, even if we can't lift a sword.