From The Telegraph:
The might of Amazon is “killing” small publishers in the UK to an extent that is “absolutely heartbreaking”, a former Downing Street advisor has warned, as he calls on government to intervene.
Rohan Silva, a former adviser to David Cameron and George Osborne, said the lack of competition in the book market is “really horrifying”, allowing Amazon to dominate in a “desperate state of affairs”.
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He has now launched a new book store, Libreria, styling it as an “Amazon killer”; a return to material books with a ban on mobile phone use in store.
In an interview with the Telegraph, Silva – who left Westminster to set up as an entrepreneur – called on the government to refer the situation to the competition authorities, saying it would “make a world of difference for small publishers”.
He added he had been inspired to speak out after researching setting up the book shop and speaking to the small businesses he hoped to work with.
“The way in which they’re being crushed by Amazon is absolutely heartbreaking,” Silva said. “I’m absolutely aghast about what the government and competition authorities have allowed Amazon to do.
“The government and competition authorities have allowed them to become so dominant and stifle competition. It’s really horrifying.”
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Silva argued a reduction in publishers and retailers would have an “awful chilling effect” on Britain, with fewer voices heard in literature.
He added the method used by Amazon to recommend books based on what customers had already bought or viewed was “narrow and inhuman”.
Link to the rest at The Telegraph and thanks to Abel for the tip.
PG says this guy’s next targets will be Britons who persist in purchasing from Amazon. But he’s smack on about Also Boughts being inhuman. Just like the computers at Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs.