Will Bookstores Boycott Amazon-Published Books?

AmazonEncoreAmazon has begun signing their own authors and then publishing the books themselves, leaving booksellers “wary” as Amazon “tries to have it all,” according to a Boston newspaper. The co-owner of an independent bookstore near Cambridge considered boycotting Amazon’s new line of books, complaining “They are a huge competitor, and they don’t collect sales tax, giving them an unfair advantage.”

A children’s bookstore noted that “the pie is getting cut into fewer pieces. I’d be nervous if I were an adult book publisher.” Borders bookstore has already declared bankruptcy, leaving The Daily Show to joke that bookstores should simply become “digital downloading” stations — or a “living history” museum where future generations can learn what “a magazine rack” was.”

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  • http://rmimms.tumblr.com Renee

    If they do, they’re only hurting themselves. Why take it out on the authors who are trying to make a living?

  • http://rmimms.tumblr.com Renee

    If they do, they’re only hurting themselves. Why take it out on the authors who are trying to make a living?

  • Haystack

    I used to have pretty good feelings about Amazon. They may have put a lot of brick-and-mortar bookstores out of business, but they also created a lot small business opportunities for used booksellers, print-on-demand publishers, and so on. Then they started cancelling their affiliates program in states like CA that tried to collect sales tax, effectively treating the “little people” who contributed to their success as political cannon fodder, and those good feelings evaporated overnight. More and more, they’re becoming an arrogant, corporate bully on par with Walmart and the cable monopolies. 

    It makes absolute sense for Amazon to enter publishing. Barnes & Noble has been publishing its own books for ages now, and Amazon has a much greater reach then them, given the explosion in e-business and digital media. However, as a consumer, I wouldn’t expect quality from them any more than I would expect quality from a Barnes & Noble (or Time Life, or Reader’s Digest) book. I’m sure they’ll use their vast database to determine which subject keywords will sell the best, but that’s basically the extent of their expertise. As a consumer, I’ll pass.

  • Haystack

    I used to have pretty good feelings about Amazon. They may have put a lot of brick-and-mortar bookstores out of business, but they also created a lot small business opportunities for used booksellers, print-on-demand publishers, and so on. Then they started cancelling their affiliates program in states like CA that tried to collect sales tax, effectively treating the “little people” who contributed to their success as political cannon fodder, and those good feelings evaporated overnight. More and more, they’re becoming an arrogant, corporate bully on par with Walmart and the cable monopolies. 

    It makes absolute sense for Amazon to enter publishing. Barnes & Noble has been publishing its own books for ages now, and Amazon has a much greater reach then them, given the explosion in e-business and digital media. However, as a consumer, I wouldn’t expect quality from them any more than I would expect quality from a Barnes & Noble (or Time Life, or Reader’s Digest) book. I’m sure they’ll use their vast database to determine which subject keywords will sell the best, but that’s basically the extent of their expertise. As a consumer, I’ll pass.

  • Jbar

    Stop competing and start cooperating to get as much information out as possible. Fuck capitalism.

  • Jbar

    Stop competing and start cooperating to get as much information out as possible. Fuck capitalism.

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