Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Independently omnipotent

The local paper reprints David Ulin's worries over the (latest) Amazon debacle.
I don't disagree with much, but his contention that Amazon represents a conundrum to those that have warned of homogenization in the book trade insofar as Amazon is an an "independent" shop, therefore blameless isn't the whole story.
That's analogous to saying that the New York Yankees are independent, but everyone knows that they're the driver of outrageous salaries that are ruining pro baseball.
Amazon is relentless in using it's influence to squeeze publishers, most of whom caved to the power of the newly minted chain stores years ago, and are in no position to draw a line in the sand now.

That aside, nice job newspaper of mine.


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