From author Sarah A. Hoyt:
So, what has got me off my cherubic and positively laid-back posture lately? Well, this morning when I innocently opened face book, to see if a friend had answered on our latest message exchange, I found that people all over are posting against Amazon.
Now, this is of course nothing new. For the last several months we’ve been hearing the rumblings of this, as people whine, complain and moan about everything in Amazon, from the fact that they point out big publishers DO set those outrageous e-book prices, to the fact that they’ll lower your prices if they find you’re selling cheaper elsewhere. Oh, yeah, also if you are a small press and refuse to give them the authority to do that, they won’t do business with you.
This is more of the same, with a sustained, high pitch whine (yes, this is reference to dog whistle, why?) that “someone” do something to stop Amazon having this dreadful power to… control the way they wish to run their own business?
To every one – particularly the geniuses calling themselves “progressive writers and poets” – echoing this load of nonsense: are you crazy or stupid?
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I’m not going to deny that Amazon is an 800 lb gorilla or that Amazon is a corporation. Of course that last, for most of you, is enough to consider them eeeeeevil. That is because most of you are either college students or are living like college students in your parents’ basement, from stolen cheetos.
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So far Amazon is keeping “with it” in the sense that the decisions it has made have benefited its business, which, btw, is the goal of any commercial enterprise, corporation or not. In the process and probably not deliberately – but as a result of the fact that New York Publishing has been determined to stay on course to suicide – they have made it possible for people to self publish and to circumvent the gatekeepers which were NOT ONLY picking winners and losers but also effectively dissuading people from reading as a form of entertainment (Look up how print runs have fallen since the seventies. No, it’s not TV. News flash: There was TV in the seventies too.)
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IF you think it’s already making mistakes and that its decisions no longer benefit you, then for the love of Mike and all the little angels, start your own competitor. Exploit what you see as weaknesses on Amazon and go for it. Trust me, starting a business on the web requires remarkably little investment. If the lot of you who are posting this nonsense can’t each of you chip in five dollars and get the five thousand or so to start your own model, you don’t have the courage of your convictions.
And don’t come bleating at me that Amazon is too big and you can’t compete with it. When Amazon started out, big chain bookstores were at the apex of their power and people laughed at Amazon. “Who wants to buy books online?” they said. And “Why do they allow everyone to do reviews without credentials?” they said.
Link to the rest at According to Hoyt and thanks to Keith for the tip.