Krysta continues her discussion on the possibility of Amazon eventually signing the death warrant of Barnes and Noble.
I’ve been giving this more thought and while my Barnes and Noble experiences haven’t always been stellar, there is value in having actual, physical bookstores in areas that wouldn’t have any but for Barnes and Noble. I am blessed to be in an area where I have options other than Barnes and Noble, but not everyone does.
I don’t want to absolve Barnes and Noble of any responsibility for their own demise but as a logical consistency, I should shop much less at Amazon for the same reasons I try to avoid Walmart.
Still mulling this thing over, but it’s worth considering what types of business practices we want to support with our dollars.
Amazon’s Low Prices Hurt the Book Industry
Last week I wrote about “Why I Won’t Buy Books on Amazon” to highlight some of their unethical business practices. These practices, as I explain, are typically great for customers but terrible for authors and publishers. Those low, low prices everyone raves about often occur because Amazon is selling at a loss, which means less revenue for the people who work on those books. However, once Barnes and Noble goes out of business, Amazon will have no reason to keep their prices so low, and I predict you will see those book prices rise.
Some of the comments raised questions about how dire the need to avoid Amazon is. After all, Amazon offers fantastic services customers want. And those low prices remain tempting to customers even if they know that buying on Amazon will hurt publishing in the long run. And…
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