Have you ever considered how an indie bookstore might feel about Amazon getting into publishing? The Seattle Mystery Bookshop put up a blog post a few days ago whih takes a firm position that Amazon is evil.
This bookseller was sent a copy of a new book from an established author. The author wanted to set up an in-store book signing. The bookseller declined for one simple reason: the book was published by Amazon.
The bookseller and the bookseller exchange a number of emails with some very good arguments both for and against working with Amazon. It’s well worth a read. The post also inspired a number of insightful comments like this (excerpt):
I saw that you pulled the back list for all the Thomas & Mercer authors books off your shelves when the imprint was announced. Does this mean you’re going to pull every Ed McBain book from your shelves now, too?
A mystery Bookstore that doesn’t sell Ed McBain.
That makes sense.
What are you going to do when Amazon is publishing hundreds of mystery authors?
So what do you think of the issue?
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