I filled my amazon cart with books of political and culture writing from Laurie Penny and Nick Cohen, then kept the tab open and found the books for cheaper from actual brick and mortar bookstores on abebooks.com. I kinda get off on books coming to me from California, Texas, and the UK. Indiebound is good too, although their UI for buying things is fucking awful. I then emptied my Amazon cart, because Amazon is terrible for everyone.
I’ve been telling people to stop using Amazon for a while now, but I don’t feel like I’ve done a great job of explaining why. I could do a lot of research, reflection, and interviews, but someone’s already done all that, so here:
From here, these links get hella nerdy. Here’s two for publishing industry nerds, or those who would like to be:
–This publisher may put out insuferably new-agey-hippy books, but she does a great job of explaining how Amazon is bad for readers, bookshops, and how they are outright stealing money from publishers.
Here are two decent explanations of how Amazon Studios is terrible for writers and filmmakers:
I’m interested in what people think. Comment!