29 Jun '14, 10pm

How Amazon Controls What You Read while Abusing Employees

How Amazon Controls What You Read while Abusing Employees

For book lovers, Amazon.com has become a sort of Mecca. Thousands of titles, electronic or hard copy, matched with rock-bottom prices and efficient customer service. It’s hard to go wrong, and for those of us that own a Kindle, accessing new books has never been simpler. What is the price we are paying for this access and how much control are we actually giving Amazon? If I ask the question: “Should corporations be allowed to dictate the books we read?” the answer would likely be a resounding ‘no!’ That said, how many people are really willing to take Amazon to task for their unfair business model? First we must understand that Amazon basically owns more than half the market on book sales. Around 50% of all books sold in the USA are sold through Amazon and 65% of electronic books sales are also theirs. As George Packer at the New Yorker put it , “Amazon is a global superst...

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