The thing is bud, shopping at a small bookstore to get your reading is no less efficient then shopping online at amazon. I think we disagree on a fundamental, philosophical level here. Shopping in person is not archaic. It’s not like I’m saying “typewriter companies are going out of business because people now have prodigy and pcs” that would be denying progress. This isn’t curtailing progress. Also, if I remember correctly, and I don’t know this for a fact because I’m not 800, but Gutenberg didn’t harass priests to sell him German bibles cheaper. I think a more appropriate and fairer comparison would be oil giants in the 20th century. Let’s talk about horizontal integration. Let’s talk about trust busting. Yes there are merits of homogenizing business so it’s under one roof (if you drink of choice is trickle down wealth economics) but there are also a lot of problems. It suffocates the economy. Consumers should be entitled to variety and shouldn’t be forced to pay more money just because their distributing monster of choice is in a fight with a publishing house.I feel the same way about amazon as I do walmart. If that’s all you have then I won’t shame you but if you have the option, support small business because you will literally be getting the same product just your money isn’t paying some CEO to take a private jet on vacation. Also how I feel about food. If you have the option please support organic local farms. It’s great that everyone has access to food regardless of climate but these massive food distributors are terrible for the environment and treat their workers like shit. Yes multiple crop farming is more expensive but your contributing to something valuable. Also! Last thing! By lowering prices, especially when it comes to eBooks because that is currently en vogue, Amazon is killing the motivation for authors to write great stuff (we are now talking exclusively about publishing bc musicians can go on tour). Writing is a craft and it is very hard to live off of. By lowering the prices authors are getting paid even less so the motivation that if your book becomes a best seller you will be able to live comfortably (because did you know your favorite best selling author is probably scarily underpaid for their craft and is probably struggling financially somehow) the drive to create meaningful work drops even more so all you’re left with is mass market fiction and children’s books written by old retired ladies.
Obviously you follow me on twitter so I probably know you irl. Ok so the short answer is amazon is made up of a bunch of corporate bullies that play mind games w publishing houses (this is a good article to read bc its pretty concise) and rip off independent distributors. Amazon is what is called a neoliberal corporation. This means they disguise themselves as some democratic “by the people for the people” company but in reality they have shady business practices.
Amazon is all about “slashing prices” which we’ve also seen with corporations like WalMart. Low prices are good but not for other small businesses that frankly can’t afford to lower their prices because you know, they are not worth billions of dollars and have to pay their employees. This means Amazon is basically destroying the culture of small business. You can say this is good if laissez faire economics is your jive and you’re all about ~homogenizing markets~ but corporations kill craft. I work at an independent bookstore and when I have customers ask me why amazon is so much cheaper I have to go through this with them. Amazon is trying to put all content (let’s just keep it to books right now) under one roof so you’re only option is to shop at amazon. That, children is called a monopoly and that is bad. We don’t like that.
In the case of Hachette, what is happening is they are negotiating prices for eBooks and since they are not agreeing with Amazon’s terms, Amazon is refusing to ship any Hachette books (Hachette is one of the biggest publishing giants in the US) and if they will ship them it takes like 3 weeks and are ridiculously over priced. This kind of methodology, as you can see is messed up.
Sorry if this sounds like an incoherent mess.
I guess you could say I’m pretty anti-establishment/ big business / tend to lead towards socialism in general just amazon has got under my skin a lot more than usual bc I am literally loosing customers while they are getting away with doing some really not ok stuff and people are still blindly supporting them
nah i rly love obnoxious, over-bearing misogynists that control womens lives
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