Monday, October 28, 2013

"As sure as eggs is eggs"

Watching Amazon duke it out with brick-and-mortar bookstores has felt kind of like watching the Republicans and Democrats (in no particular order...) go after each other. At some point, I don't really care who's right or who started it--I just want a productive solution.

Amazon's retreat from mainstream marquee publishing (and Larry Kirshbaum's retreat from Amazon) made the news last Friday, and with the news came many exultations and lamentations. Whether the evil leviathan is Amazon or Big Publishing, almost everyone seems convinced that something has risen from the sea bearing the mark of the beast.

In the midst of it all, I appreciate Chuck Wendig's perspective:
I'm not saying that Amazon is blameless here. I don't want a future in which the only bookseller is an online retail giant, but I also wouldn't want to see a vendor with extensive resources and reach pushed completely out of the market. A world with more readers, and where readers read more, is the best possible outcome, and I think we need Amazon, large brick-and-mortar bookstores, and indies alike to make it happen.

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