Just one more on #amazonfail
And it’s a link, to a blog from my new favorite bookstore. Vromans says:
By now, you’ve probably heard all you care to hear about Amazon’s incredibly stupid decision to “de-list” books with adult content (and especially books with gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender themes and subject matter). You’ve readthe excellent blog posts, the well-written letters to Jeff Bezos, followed along on Twitter and the retorts by independent booksellers. You’re probably about ready to turn the page on that whole mess and continue with your life.
This is more important than that, and now is the perfect time to think about whether you want to trust one company to dominate the book market, or any market, for that matter. The benefit of having a rich, diverse ecosystem of vendors and suppliers has never been more obvious: many sources of information equals choice, and choice equals freedom. It’s actually your freedom that’s at stake here, and putting things back the way they were, fixing the notorious “glitch,” won’t change that. Because your freedom was at stake long before this recent de-listing experiment. Anytime you limit yourself to fewer suppliers, especially of something as vital as information (and if you purchase a Kindle, you’re effectively doing just that, limiting yourself to a single information provider), you’re putting yourself at the mercy of that provider.
Amazon.com isn’t bad. But they are too powerful. And that has to stop.