I’ve thought long and hard about how to respond to this merger/buyout/world domination thing, and I’ve started this blog post four times. Four. Enough – what it boils down to is this:
Amazon, yes, is the biggest bookseller in the world. It’s cheap, it’s convenient. Are they killing the industry, trying to take down indie bookstores? Maybe. Not a damn thing I can do about it. They’ll continue selling cheap and convenient, at All on the Same Page Bookstore we’ll keep doing what we do best: topnotch customer service, personal touch, community building, and supporting other indies – our authors and publishers.
(Seems like the indies who are complaining and bemoaning what they consider a sellout by Goodreads are the ones who support indie bookstores, and indie shops, and indie artists – but not indie authors or indie publishers. Had to get that out, because frankly, it smacks of hypocrisy.)
I’ll continue to use Amazon – for research, to look up authors and dates and titles. I might even buy non-book items – heck, I know I will: free two-day shipping, right? I might even order a book for a customer because I can get it cheaper and quicker from Amazon than I can from a publisher – how about that?
And I’ll keep selling my own books on Amazon and those of our publishing house. Why? Because I can sell more that way and that’s the bottom line. It’s business.
As for Goodreads, nope, not ditching my account there. Why? Because now I can save time – when I post a review on GR, it’ll likely go to AZ too. Two birds, and all that. Besides, what’s the point? Sixteen million users, minus a handful who deleted their accounts this weekend – are they gonna miss me? Nope.
Sure, they were “indie.” To a point. I couldn’t list the store as a place to buy books, because we don’t list our stock by ISBN. When’s the last time you, as a reader, used an ISBN to look for a book? What a joke. And Amazon has always been a choice. Nothing’s changing there.
So, yeah, for what it’s worth, here’s what I think. Probably tick off a lot of people, but remember: it’s business, not personal.