Bemoaning Goodreads


While we are on the subject of bemoaning all things Amazon, why not turn our attentions to Goodreads (which I happily use – though with most things I’m sure improvements could be made). The link below is to an article which is essentially a whine about Goodreads and can I just add, an exaggerated description of the ‘difficulty’ in using Goodreads.

For more visit:
https://www.newstatesman.com/science-tech/social-media/2020/08/better-goodreads-possible-bad-for-books-storygraph-amazon

Bemoaning Amazon and Audible


The link below is to an article that is essentially a whine about Amazon and Audible, essentially over its developing monopoly over the audiobook market.

For more visit:
https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/libraries/article/84384-we-need-to-talk-about-audible.html

More Amazon Bashing


The link below is to an article that looks at the latest attempts at Amazon bashing and curbing the power of Amazon in the book industry. Don’t get me wrong here, monopolies are not necessarily a good thing in my opinion, however, has Amazon done anything illegal? I doubt it. Perhaps bookshops and bookstores need to change things up a bit – many still seem to refuse to mail order (I stress many, not all) for example.

For more visit:
https://lithub.com/bookseller-writer-and-publisher-organizations-want-congress-to-go-after-amazon/

‘Bookshop’ in the USA


The link below is to an article that takes a look at ‘Bookshop’ in the USA, which is taking on Amazon in the book selling space.

For more visit:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/04/24/little-book-sellers-that-could-how-coalition-indie-stores-managed-take-slice-amazon-business/

Problems with the Kindle Book Store


The links below are to articles that looks at problems with the Kindle Book Store.

For more visit:
https://the-digital-reader.com/2020/04/11/the-biggest-problem-in-the-kindle-store-are-the-folks-not-running-the-store/
https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2020/04/white-supremacys-gateway-to-the-american-mind/609595/

Kindle Direct Publishing – Being Used Easily By Hate Groups


The link below is to an article that is very disturbing, with allegations that Amazon’s self-publishing arm, Kindle Direct Publishing is being used to pump out messages of hate.

For more visit:
https://www.propublica.org/article/the-hate-store-amazons-self-publishing-arm-is-a-haven-for-white-supremacists