It’s great to hear more authors voicing concern about Amazon’s ruthlessness, with Scott Turow and the Author’s Guild getting some press recently and really talking about the issues. Sherman Alexie, who’s been fighting this fight for years and is one of the few authors we know whose site prominently displays a “Shop Indie Bookstores” logo with a link to Indiebound (and not buried under the other guys, either!), points his readers to Scott Turow’s recent Salon interview about why we should fear Amazon.
Alexie says he continues to be “mystified” by authors who defend Amazon, calling themselves rebels. “When I attack Amazon, I am not attacking Internet literary culture, which I am firmly and happily a part of,” he writes. “No, I am attacking a huge corporation that has escaped most liberal and literary rebel moral and economic scrutiny. I don’t think many or most people realize that Amazon wants to put bookstores out of business. All bookstores. That’s the only explanation for their business practices. And for you e-fundamentalists who are addicted to that $9.99 e-book price, you will be sobered up when Amazon gets their monopoly and begins to raise praises. To put it in recent terms, Amazon is in the 1% and independent bookstores are in the 99%. So who are you going to fight for?”
Will someone please get him a billboard?