The Book Catapult

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.”
“Ssssshhhhhh!”
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 Diego
New York Times
Hell, just Google “California Amazon tax” 

And the world has been reset.
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3 comments on “Oh Yeah, Amazon Sux

  1. Anonymous
    August 13, 2011

    THanks for the retraction and the info regarding the petition. Was surprised by your previous post. Not the tenor of it but the Kindle reference.
    tracy

  2. Biblibio
    August 14, 2011

    Though I ultimately agree with your opinion regarding the Kindle, I don't think Amazon's “Don't buy from indie bookstores!” shtick is a new development. I think that since its inception, Amazon has preferred for potential customers to feel the convenience of shopping online rather than at a physical bookstore. Sure, the Kindle ad just emphasizes it far more, but this has been around for a while

  3. Seth Marko
    August 14, 2011

    Biblibio, it's definitely not anything new, you're right, and eliminating physical stores from our shopping equation has always been the ultimate goal of Amazon. That said, Amazon has gained unprecedented traction on that front since the introduction of eBooks and especially now with the downfall of Borders, they're really pushing hard to keep open all the tax loopholes that have given them their insanely unfair advantage all this time. The “don't buy from bookstores” ethos has always been there, hovering in the background, but now they're brazen enough to put it right in their advertising. Couple that with their ballot initiative here in California & you have some truly sinister shit going down.

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