I’m on spring break this week and just happened to check my Unquiet Library email account tonight that I use with my Amazon account for the library. I was a bit startled (although maybe I should not have been?) to discover an email with the subject, “Corporate Accounts Program Update.” Here is the email:
|Dear Amazon.com Customer,We’re contacting you because you are the Primary Account Manager of a corporate account at Amazon.com. We wanted to let you know that effective May 15, 2011, Amazon.com will no longer offer the Corporate Accounts Program.
This program allowed the use of identical sign-in credentials (the same e-mail address and password combination) for both personal and corporate account information.
You may continue to use this corporate account information and place orders at Amazon until May 15. To maintain access to the information (payment methods, shipping addresses, and order history) on the corporate account and continue placing orders at Amazon.com after May 15, a new e-mail address and password is required.
You can read more about this change and establish a new e-mail address and password for the corporate account information using the link below:
We appreciate your business. Thank you for shopping at Amazon.com.
WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO?
WHAT WILL CHANGE?
WHAT ABOUT CORPORATE ACCOUNTS FUNCTIONALITY?
WHAT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS?
WHAT IF I DON’T DO ANYTHING?
Now as if I don’t have enough to worry about at any given moment, I’m now wondering what will happen once I am forced to associate the email address (one that I have specifically for The Unquiet Library) with the corporate or “personal” (which in this case, is still school, but it is the side of the library Amazon account I use for purchasing ebooks with gift cards). Until now, you could use one email for your corporate and “personal” (in this case, “school”) account. Now that email has to be associated with one or the other. So here’s now what I’m now wondering:
1. What happens if I associate the email with the corporate (which we only used to buy the Kindles and the covers)? Will I lose all my records with my “personal”/ (again, school) account that I used to buy the eBooks?
2. How will I access all my records of my ebook purchases if that email is no longer associated with that side of my account? Access to these records is extremely important for my library because of purchasing rules in my district.
3. It sounds like the option to use purchase orders will still be in place for businesses/libraries/schools that already have a corporate account, but will new customers be able to get a corporate account for this purpose? I’m not sure if I am missing something in the initial email from Amazon that clarifies that question or if the wording/language is as ambiguous as I think it is.
For those of you who work in libraries and have a corporate account, what concerns (if any) do you have about this news?