[Marxism] As Publishers Fight Amazon, Books Vanish - NYTimes.com

Richard Menec bookfind at mymts.net
Sat May 24 16:36:53 MDT 2014


David Walters wrote: 

Now Amazon is doing to B&N what B&N did to Dalton (smaller book chains) and
the independents. 

I suppose others such as bookfinders.com and abebooks.com, by offering rarer
books, are doing the same thing. 

 

**Bookfinder.com was bought out by Abebooks long ago, and Abebooks was in
turn purchased by Amazon many years ago now.  When this happened thousands
of independently-minded booksellers left the Amazon/Abebooks behemoth, and
some of us set up our own online, multi-dealer sites.  One such site is the
IOBA (Independent Online Booksellers' Association); another is
www.tomFolio.com, the world's only international co-op of used booksellers.

 

Regardless of whether this sort of massive centralization of Amazon should
be a model for the future in some socialist utopia, it is no exaggeration to
say that Amazon puts thousands of booksellers out of business every year.
Today.  Now.  It is also increasingly clear to me that the independent
online alternatives which have sprung up are getting little or no book buyer
support their way.  While we are desperately trying various things to bring
in people to our sites, it seems that when people are hooked on something,
there's no turning back.

 

Richard Menec




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