Jack has a bit of a call-out on his blog, saying this:
"I was about to write to Duncan McGeary and ask him whether he's read the article about Amazon in the New Yorker, but I see that he already read it."
I have a tawdry relationship with Amazon. Like an abused spouse.
My publisher believes that 'mid-list' print books don't do well in bookstores -- and I think he's right. So he sells only on Amazon. (He sells the e-books on all digital platforms).
He sells the print book at conventions, and he sells on Amazon, and he gets more of the slice. As the author, I get a discount, but not as big a one as I would get from a wholesaler. Just enough to make it worthwhile for me. (Like I wouldn't carry my own book!)
So, as a writer I'm completely dependent on Amazon.
As a bookstore owner, the opposite.
But I have always said, the big box stores are way more damaging to my business. Because going online takes what I call "The extra click." Online customers are already lost to me, so I'm competing for the customers who buy from stores, and that's where the big boxes hurt.
Either way, I have to make my peace with it.
5 hours ago