Oh Yeah, Amazon Sux
I’m sorry if you read my previous post where I ever so slightly defended the Amazon Kindle as a dedicated reading device. As a way of bringing me back to earth, I have been alerted to the latest Kindle television commercial:
“I thought you were going to the bookstore.”
Seriously, how can independent bookstores compete with blatant, cocksure advertising as that? “Look how stupid you would be if you went to a bookstore.”
By the way, if you live in California, please, please, please don’t listen to the people parked outside your Trader Joe’s pushing people to sign Amazon’s ballot initiative petition. Despite what they may tell you, the issue is not about raising taxes or any such nonsense. (The petition is being put forward by a campaign committee called “More Jobs Not Taxes” which has exactly one donor, to the tune of $3 million. Right, Amazon.) All the new law requests is that out of state online retailers (like Amazon) charge sales tax to customers from California – just like every single California based online retailer has always had to do.
A few recent articles on the subject:Bloomberg KPBS San DiegoNew York TimesHell, just Google “California Amazon tax”
And the world has been reset.