Today in “the disintegration of the book industry”July 5th, 2012 at 10:45 pm ET
I’m as concerned about Amazon’s consolidation of its position in the book marketplace as the next guy (or more so, considering that I personally lost an astonishing amount of money operating an independent bookstore a decade ago, probably more money than everyone reading this, taken together, has spent in their entire lives of book-buying). But I’m also a heavy user of Amazon Prime, because I am, you know, rational and I buy a lot of books and assorted crap that Amazon sells. Okay.
But I do periodically spend money in independent bookstores, both in person and online. And tonight I wanted to order all the books by a particular graphic novelist, and so I went to the website of a bookstore I happen to know in another city that has a great selection of graphic novels, a bookstore I have patronized in the past both in person and online, thinking they would have what I wanted in stock and I would be able to help out a small business, and…
…JESUS what a crappy website! Slow, impossible to navigate, impossible to search. So I went to Amazon and bought the guy’s latest book, for 40% off with free shipping. And another nail in the coffin of etc. etc. (I’m only human!)ShareThis