Richard Russo interviewed several best selling authors about the recent amazon trickery, and the results were comforting, at least. The authors, including, Scott Turow, Stephen King, and Dennis Lehane all found amazon’s tactics less than a stellar business practice. However, the comments to the article were typical in the ‘oh you elitists’ and ‘poor amazon’ and ‘who cares a crap about indies if I can get a cheaper book’ which isn’t so comforting. The reality is, people are very self absorbed, and sometimes selfish, and can’t bother putting themselves out for the long term welfare of their local communities.
Many of course likened the writers’ criticism to the horse and buggy argument, which doesn’t hold water–no one is trying to keep progress from marching on, just trying to keep the marchers from obliterating everything under their feet.
Take a gander at the article-he was able to articulate far better than I!