Worlds & Time

Monday, February 01, 2010

The Amazon-Macmillan Thing

Amazon and the publishing company Macmillan have been having a tiff recently. As far as I can tell Macmillan wanted to raise prices and break Amazon's monopoly and Amazon wanted to continue to make more per book and keep prices low.

What do I think about all this?

Neither of these sides represents the end consumer and no matter what happens the consumer loses. As Mr. Buckell says, there really isn't anything that we can do about this except watch from the sidelines. Amazon will continue to be the largest online retailer of physical books and Macmillian will continue to publish many of my favorite writers. I won't stop utilizing either of them.

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