October 17, 2011 9:06 PM Subscribe
Amazon.com has taught readers that they do not need bookstores. Now it is encouraging writers to cast aside their publishers.
posted by SpacemanStix (68 comments total)
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“Everyone’s afraid of Amazon. ... If you’re a bookstore, Amazon has been in competition with you for some time. If you’re a publisher, one day you wake up and Amazon is competing with you too. And if you’re an agent, Amazon may be stealing your lunch because it is offering authors the opportunity to publish directly and cut you out."
(Some adventures in self-publishing.)
The tension, though isn't simply between publishers, distributors, and agents. It's between those who see value in brick-and-mortar bookstore that Amazon's infrastructure doesn't provide, yet is slowly edging out. As of now, Amazon sells more ebooks than books.
"There are many who would like to keep [bookstores] around as long as possible. There is a magic to being in a building surrounded by 40,000, 60,000, 100,000 different books. Bookstores are inherently community centers. They make possible the wide dissemination and promotion of great writing. They enable people to see heavily-illustrated books before they purchase them. But have you thought about this? If you are for bookstores lasting as long as possible, you want to slow down the uptake of ebooks."
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