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"I can't let this remark by Chris pass without comment: "I can see where he’s coming from with the concern, but I believe that if Amazon ever actually does cross that line, someone will push back and the courts will sort it out. It’s already happened at least once, when Amazon tried to force all small publishers to use its own POD service." I happen to know the POD publisher who fought that Amazon policy—THE publisher. ..."

Michael W. Perry on "What would make an Amazon competitor competitive? - Posted on October 23, 2014


"Create an Amazon competitor at all levels and you'd also be pushing into these sorts of business practices with warehouses: http://www.buzzfeed.com/jessicagarrison/how-our-shopping-harms-the-lungs-of-california-children#12muj1r Although what the discusses isn't just Amazon. It's an intense concentration of warehouses to feed an entire industry of stores: "It either passes through or stops off at distribution centers serving Amazon, Wal-Mart Stores, Target, Costco, Home Depot, Restoration Hardware, Baskin-Robbins, Nike, Nordstrom, Kraft Foods, Toys ‘R’ Us, Ford, BMW… the list goes on and on." If there's ..."

Michael W. Perry on "What would make an Amazon competitor competitive? - Posted on October 23, 2014


"The other day I had a really good discussion/argument with a friend over this in Internet chat. His position is that Amazon's huge market share in online book and e-book sales and ability to dictate terms to suppliers is troubling regardless of whether they earned it or not, because it could be used to stifle innovation down the road. Whether it meets the dictionary definition of monopoly or monopsony is beside the point, and so ..."

Chris Meadows on "What would make an Amazon competitor competitive? - Posted on October 22, 2014


"I sell two formats of ebooks: PDF and ePub, DRM free. I take PayPal. The only snag is immediate delivery which I have yet to work out. I ship them via the buyer's email. I am only one person in my company, which I have been operating for about 7 years. I have gone through the Amazon wringer -- thrice. Once from CreateSpace, and twice with KDP (it was DTP when I signed up). Even ..."

Theresa M. Moore on "What would make an Amazon competitor competitive? - Posted on October 22, 2014


"Thanks for the instructions. I'm pretty sure it's counter-intuitive on purpose. Like most device manufacturers, Amazon want you to be online as much as possible for various reasons. "Convenient" backups, syncs and anything else they come up with. (ie easier to control) "

Stan on "Turning off WiFi on Kindle Paperwhite - Posted on October 22, 2014


"@Richard, no, Amazon is not a monopsony. There are clearly many buyers for ebooks in the marketplace. What they are is convenient. Once you are set up as an Amazon customer, buying a book is easier than anywhere else. Real life example. Brandon Sanderson (one of my must-buy authors) just released a novella, and, wise author that he is, it's available everywhere, including from his own site. I know that he makes the most money ..."

Juli Monroe on "What would make an Amazon competitor competitive? - Posted on October 22, 2014


"Add these to your list: 1. Locate your shipping centers in areas where unemployment is high and people are desperate for any sort of work. 2. Use a third-party agency, so technically those working in your huge warehouses are not your employees. When those conditions are exposed, that adds deniability, aka as lying. 3. Build computerized tracking systems that force those employees to be constantly on the move double-time. Hire many people only for rush seasons and lay ..."

Michael W. Perry on "What would make an Amazon competitor competitive? - Posted on October 22, 2014


"It's crazy to think about the problem this way. A wise man once said "you don't tug on Superman's cape". Everybody knows that if you want to beat Superman, you go find your Kryptonite first, then you sneak up on him. Jeff Bezos didn't frame his problem as "how can I create a better chain bookstore than B&N". Apple didn't set out to build a better laptop when they came up with the iPad. Likewise, ..."

William Ockham on "What would make an Amazon competitor competitive? - Posted on October 22, 2014


"@Chris -- That's an argument for Amazon having monopsony power, which, according to Nate at the Digital Reader and other fanazons, Amazon supposedly does not have. @Juli -- Your argument also supports the idea that Amazon is a monopsony. If it can continue to convince authors to be exclusive to Amazon, it is exercising tremendous power in the marketplace. As for your question, Juli, about what it would take, as a reader I would like Amazon's customer ..."

Richard Adin on "What would make an Amazon competitor competitive? - Posted on October 22, 2014


"Of course. I agree with you completely, and have mentioned that aspect of the situation elsewhere in relation to this case. Nonetheless, investors often trust the person who brings them to the investment. Not all investors can fully-understand the nuances of a business plan or the accompanying financials. That doesn't mean they shouldn't invest. But in the case of Bilbary, SOMEBODY up the line, but NOT the founders, should have done some ..."

Richard Dean Starr on "Atavist Books to close down at the end of 2014 - Posted on October 21, 2014


"If that's true, then by the same token, their investors should have known, too, and been smart enough to put their cash elsewhere. If you don't know what you're investing in, you have no business risking your money. Caveat investor. :) "

Chris Meadows on "Atavist Books to close down at the end of 2014 - Posted on October 21, 2014


"Chris: A nicely-written piece that reflects an encouraging hope for innovation in publishing. However, If I didn't know how how badly failures like this affect investors who should have put their money in a more realistic, market-reflective business, I'd probably agree with your general statement about innovative approaches to publishing. In this case, some market research would have shown that starting this company was almost guaranteed to fail. You essentially knew that yourself; if you did, then ..."

Richard Dean Starr on "Atavist Books to close down at the end of 2014 - Posted on October 21, 2014


"I used to be a Vine reviewer and still have high reviewer ratings on Amazon, so I'll give a bit of the background. You get to be one by being a top-rated reviewer. Some do that by being helpful and honest. That was my goal. Some please others by gushing with excitement or dripping with criticism. Each lifts your review out of the ordinary. As I understand it, that rating comes from reviewing any of Amazon's products. ..."

Michael W. Perry on "Margo Howard takes up New Republic's anti-Amazon banner, disses Vine club for daring to review her - Posted on October 21, 2014


"Ok, as more info comes out about Grisham's friend, I have definitely changed my opinion. He's a Creeper with a capital C. I was giving this guy the benefit of the doubt that it was an actual mistake, cultural mix up, or fantasy play gone wrong. No. None of these are the case. If the allegations are true, this guy is bad news. Grisham needs to distance himself from this man, and this "friend" needs ..."

Sarah on "John Grisham testified for his friend who downloaded kiddie porn: Reports - Posted on October 21, 2014


"@Chris, I completely agree with you. This was more of an intellectual exercise than anything else. Amazon's convenience is huge, and it's why I look with suspicion at the indie author argument of "if Amazon becomes a big bully, we'll just go someplace else." Authors can go someplace else with ease. Doesn't mean their readers will follow them. Some will, but I think most won't. That's the problem with the easy availability of books. There's enough ..."

Juli Monroe on "What would make an Amazon competitor competitive? - Posted on October 21, 2014


"Chris, I would bet that it will cost at least $400, if not more. "

Nate Hoffelder, editor of The Digital Reader on "Does the Hemingwrite reflect the true nature of modern writing? - Posted on October 21, 2014