More Weeping From The Print Pushers

The Trouble With Amazon

Blah blah blah whine whine whine then:

“They have no sense of collegiality,” complained one publisher, who asked not to be identified.

What the hell is that supposed to mean? Where is a publisher’s “collegiality” towards writers? Infinite contracts, dumping writers who make money — that’s being “collegiate”?

More blah blah blah whine whine whine then:

“When independent bookstores were in a healthier state, staff picks and hand selling could bring attention to great books people didn’t know they wanted. Now that’s much harder.”

Puhleeze. There is this thing called the Internet. Have any of you indie booksellers heard of it? Do a blog and post your damned recommendations. Oh, you’re afraid those people will then go and buy from Amazon? Guess what? That’s life, pal!

More blah blah blah whine whine whine then:

The accumulated effect of Amazon’s pricing policy, its massive volume and its metric-based recommendations system is, in fact, to diminish real choice for the consumer.

What? What? You expect to really get away with that crap? No. Do you think the Internet would be a better place without search engines?

More blah blah blah whine whine whine then:

It’s hard to see how the allure of infinite choice [notice how he contradicts his earlier point about choice being diminished!] and rock-bottom prices conjured up by Amazon can be dispelled, but there are slivers of hope. Independent bookstores, especially those hosting regular live events, may be making a comeback.

Until you put your money into one of those, just STFU. Really. Put your money where your damned crybaby mouth is or just STFU. As the infamous crooked Congressman said: Money talks, bullshit walks.

More blah blah blah whine whine whine with some fake crumbs about writers being paid.

I’m sure of two things: The writer of this gets his music online. And gets his video the same way. He didn’t care about record stores and video stores going under. So why the hell should anybody care about bookstores going under?

Next!

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