Amazon Analysed

I didn’t need an infographic to realize that is a corporate vampire, sucking the lifeblood out brick-and-mortar businesses, while treating its employees like shit and evading tax on a massive scale. I hate what it’s done to independent local bookshops, and the threat it poses to real books. That said, it’s nice to have the key points laid out in this infographic.

12 thoughts on “Amazon Analysed

  1. Don’t local bookstores also sell on Amazon? Are they also considered vampires? If more people start reading because they prefer to do it electronically, isn’t that better for books??

    • Of course not, that would be silly. Print publishing is a relatively accessible technology available to small businesses or even individuals, while the technology that must be utilized in order to read an e-book is available only to corporations. They become the gatekeepers of an experience that should be wholly democratic.

      Music is an art, not a technology, and can be expressed in many different ways through many different mediums. That’s the difference.

      • People would say that writing is an art form as well.

        “… while the technology that must be utilized in order to read an e-book is available only to corporations.”

        Apparently, I’m as great as a corporation, since I will be reading an e-book shortly.

      • You’re missing the point. They can only get their books published that way, and readers must buy an expensive and unnecessary piece of equipment to read them.

      • Having a paperback book is more expensive than having a e-book published, thus it allows more people to publish their books. Not only that, they don’t have to worry about printing too many books and losing money.

        The “expensive” piece of equipment virtually pays for itself when you look at the cost of most e-books and their paper counterparts. Meaning people are able to buy more books.

        Why would anyone be against books finally getting out of the middle ages??

  2. It’s about economic control of the way people access books. Print technology is just a technology, but it’s one that’s well suited to small publishing companies and the democratization of reading. Illuminated manuscripts were produced by and for an elite, and e-readers are the product of another elite, who want to lock readers and authors into their own patented technologies.

    It’s about much more than cost. If you can’t understand that, there’s not much point in talking to you.

    • Yep, the Kindle was developed for those elite 1% who are able to afford that crazy price of $70. Nevermind that they are saving trees in the process, or allowing people to read more books at a percentage of the price they used to. You’re right about something, there’s not much point in us talking. You keep on buying your hard cover books (talk about completely unecessary, hard covers, only the elite can afford those, us 99%ers have to wait for the paperback copies to come out)

      • You are putting words in my mouth. Read the post again. I said that illuminated mss were produced by and for an elite, but that e-readers are produced only by an elite. I never said they aren’t relatively cheap for customers in first world countries. Even so, $70 is a lot for people in developing countries. And Amazon has consistently sold below cost in its product range as a business strategy to gain market share. How do you think they lost $3 billion in their first 8 years? Make no mistake about it – Amazon is aiming for a monopoly in the online retail market while trying to put as many of their brick and mortar competitors out of business.

        Free markets are often good, but they need to be regulated to ensure an even playing field. That way consumers get a choice instead of being suckered into favouring what’s cheapest and ending up with a corporate monster that calls the shots in the end.

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