Bully-ish move on Amazon’s part

I love Amazon. I especially love how they have SO many books, how I can get books cheaply, and how I can *instantly* get so many books on my Kindle. Oh, yes, and I love my Kindle.

But Amazon has just made a real bully-ish move, an underhanded, cruddy move, attacking local and indie bookstores. Amazon is giving people $5 to go to a store, find and scan a book, and then walk out and buy the same book on Amazon. Really, Amazon?? In what universe do you think it’s okay to stomp on indie bookstores and smaller businesses? Come on; I know you can do better.

People–please do NOT do this! We NEED our indie bookstores. It would become a pretty scary place if there was only ONE major bookstore. Besides that, local bookstores offer so much. Besides being able to walk in, page through a book, read passages from any page until you know whether you want it or not, you also have the specialty advice and experience from your local bookseller, books offered to you that you might not otherwise see or pick up, and enthusiastic book lovers who want to help you find the next book you love.

I buy from Amazon–but I also buy from my local indie bookstores, and indie online bookstores. I hope you do, too.

About Cheryl Rainfield

I write the books I needed and couldn't find as a teen. I write teen fiction--paranormal fantasy and gritty realistic fiction. I'm the author of SCARS (WestSide Books, 2010) #1 ALA QuickPicks, and Governor General Literary Award Finalist, HUNTED (WestSide Books, Oct 2011), STAINED (Harcourt, 2013), The Last Dragon (HIP Books, Sept 2009), and Walking Both Sides (HIP Books, 2011). I also enjoy drawing, surfing the web, connecting with people I like, doing crafts, and being with my dog.
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5 Responses to Bully-ish move on Amazon’s part

  1. Pam says:

    Not to mention where will you sign books when there is only Amazon left?

  2. Yes! And where will you celebrate books. And how awful to imagine not being able to browse books!

  3. Sabrena says:

    And here I thought they couldn’t get any stupider…

    I was wrong.

    WTG Amazon… I’m glad I’ve stopped buying from you already.

  4. Tara T. says:

    I don’t think that Amazon is directly attacking the local and indie bookstores. I believe it’s any store anywhere which would include the big box stores that have taken away a lot of business from the bookstores as well.

  5. Sabrena, I don’t like what they’re doing, either.

    Tara–but where’s the first place most people think to buy books? A bookstore. Sure, they’re including big box stores, but most people would think to go to a bookstore.

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