Google Scales Back E-Book Affiliates Program, Drops Some Users

Google (NSDQ: GOOG) is cutting back on the e-book affiliates program it launched in June.

When Google launched the program, it was available to “retailers, bloggers, book publishers and other website owners.” They earned referral fees ranging from 6 to 10 percent of a book’s selling price, depending on the number of sales referred. That was a higher rate than the one offered through Amazon’s referral program, Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) Associates.

Now, it seems, Google thinks the sales referred by many affiliates are too low to make an ongoing partnership worthwhile. On the Google Affiliate Network product forum, the company writes, “Google eBooks is narrowing the scope of the program to a smaller number of partners. While the program will continue privately, Google eBooks will no longer appear in Google Affiliate Network as an available advertiser.”

According to Publishers Weekly, big partners like the American Booksellers Association, whose independent bookseller members can sell Google e-books through their websites, aren’t affected, though I’d be curious to hear if any ABA members were dropped.

Blog The Digital Reader has the e-mail sent to affiliates being dropped.