Amazon Goes Toe to Toe with the Big Six Publishers   Leave a comment

Amazon Goes Toe to Toe with the Big Six Publishers

As much as I think the New York traditional publishing model is past its prime, and that the publishing industry as a whole needs to come into the twenty-first century and de-homogenize, I’m not wild about the idea of Amazon.com trying to replace the existing behemoths. I have this nagging feeling that what we’ll end up with is a monopoly on the written word–or at least the written word than anybody expects to get paid for writing. All Amazon has to do is squeeze out the Big Six and then refuse to distribute books from third-party sellers after that.

Is it likely? I don’t know. Nothing about Amazon.com has been likely from day one, and yet, here they are.

cross-posted at The Editor’s Pen for relevance

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Posted October 17, 2011 by April L'Orange in Uncategorized

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