Publishing in a Landscape Dominated by Amazon.com

Marketing books like widgets was supposed to be a godsend for small publishers and a windfall for the pocketbooks of booklovers who buy their books online via Amazon.com, right?

What if the company’s methods of minimizing the prices of its books (and especially e-books) are decimating the sustainability and profit margins of all the players in the book-producing and book-distributing universe except Amazon.com?

This recent article in the Boston Review may be the most disturbing report to date on what Amazon is willing to resort to in order to achieve those low prices we booklovers have gotten used to whenever we order something from Jeff Bezos’s paradigm-shifting business model for selling – among other things – books.

Postscript [found at Baby Got Books]: For booklovers/book-buyers who’d like to contrast Amazon.com’s PR with some less flattering reportage, Against Amazon exists purely to post a running display of excerpts from and links to online articles and blogposts that don’t treat Amazon.com as harmless.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: