Amazon announced it is ending its experiment in opening small
bookstores and pop-up kiosks. Normally, I would mourn the loss of any
bookstore, but this is a gain to the book world — not a loss.
These amazon bookstores did not serve small presses, self-published books, or unknown authors. They just sold books that were already popular or best-sellers, feeding the public just a handful of titles. That is not what a bookstore is supposed to do. We need bookshelves filled with diverse, experimental, and less commercial books as well as the tried and true.
Further, the amazon store did not hold book signings or author events. They lacked cafes and just did not give off a community vibe. These corporate boxes are to books what Marshall’s is to clothes: bland functionality.
I recently entered an amazon store to see what was there. I was not impressed and won’t cry when they get folded back up into their robot-controlled warehouses. These stores have the personality of a modular home.
My only hope is that indie bookstores will fill the void and replace the locations owned by Dr. Evil.
I know some authors find amazon a helpful publishing partner, though Ingram Spark is a great rival, and I understand the landscape had changed for books, but we need to not forget that letting amazon grow unchecked will eventually lead to compromises on free speech and competition.
So, as amazon backs up the moving vans, lend a hand. I am sure their tax-abated, retail-killing, real estate compromising, job-killing robot workforce will appreciate the help.
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