This is how the economics of the industry works. If you buy a book today, right this very second, from any retail outlet, the author will get, on average, 10% of that cover price.To which I respond: so? How exactly does this make an author stupid for asking for support during the Amazon/Macmillan fiasco? Whether or not the damage is tomorrow or eight months from now, it's still damage to an author's career. That's money a debut author won't be getting in October. They may not starve, but that's not the point. The point is that Amazon's move is significantly reducing the availability of the author's books, and, thus, reducing their sales. Whether they "starve" now or "starve" in eight months, the sales are still lost.
Yep, eight months from now.
Thankfully, it's all over and only lasted a week. Imagine if this had gone one for a month!