Okay, so after a bit of research and investigation (mostly thanks to my wife), the Amazon listing for Rain - Volume 1
is not the worst thing ever. I still recommend buying the book at Lulu, but I don't think Amazon is much of a threat.
Most of the listings are resales, so they actually have the right to do this. They're not claiming to own the rights to my work; just getting rid of their old "junk" (same as someone selling any old books, movies, games or whatever on Amazon). In that regard, I'm still making money on these people buying my books for the sole purpose of selling them back anyway, because there's currently no other way to obtain my book except through Lulu. However, the resellers' prices are still inflated, making it kind of unfair to unassuming buyers, hence I still recommend buying it at Lulu.www.lulu.com/spotlight/LittleL…
And in some ways, these resales are actually a good thing because they're offering my book more exposure. By popping up in more places, it offers more eyes to see it. However, a couple people have gone onto Amazon to write negative reviews and attack the resellers. I realize you guys mean well, but the only one you're hurting is me. You can only read reviews on Amazon AFTER you've clicked on the item; before that, all anyone sees is the low star rating, making it appear as though my book is awful. The review blurb might say, "This is great, but buy it at Lulu", but if the star rating is that low, most people probably won't see this review! Now these newly exposed people think it's a crappy book, and I start getting bad publicity.
If those of you who wrote the reviews could go back and in give the kind of rating you would if I were selling it (but still stress where to actually buy it), that would help me out a lot! And I do welcome other people to rate and review on Amazon; but if you're trying to help me, you need give it a high rating (and mention that the book should be bought at Lulu).
I hope that all makes sense.