How much more can be said?

Amazon had a bit of a blunder this weekend, misrepresenting a quote by George Orwell in their continuing fight to cripple large publishing houses. The NYT has a nice write up about it here.  I’m not sure what to make of Amazon’s continued fight in this. At some point, they will have more to lose than to gain. As the fight drags on, I have to believe it will eventually begin to drag in other publishers as their deals come up for renegotiation, and they are slowly and surely giving competitors time to suck away customers. If they’re not careful, the publishing houses themselves might even wake up and decide to enter the marketplace, opening up their own stores and hawking their own wares. Other than fear of the unknown, the idea of cutting out the online retailers and taking all of the profits would seem a damn appealing idea.




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