Amazon’s Low Price Business Model

Here is a video by Colin Robinson on how Amazon’s drive to become the worlds’ largest book seller and its business tactics to get the lowest price has negative consequences for writers, publishers, and consumers.

Thenation.com video link

Since its launch 15 years ago Amazon has grown to be, by some margin, the largest bookseller in the world. According to its founder Jeff Bezos, this ascent has been achieved by giving customers what they want: convenience, wide choice and low, low prices.

Of course everyone likes the availability of two million books on the site. And who could complain about discounts of 50% or more on bestsellers? But look beneath the surface and a less rosy picture emerges. It turns out that the way Amazon does business can be seriously damaging for the health of publishers, authors and, yes, those beloved customers too.

http://www.thenation.com/video/37426/commentary-colin-robinson-amazons-bad-business

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About repplinger

John has served as a Reference Librarian at Willamette University since 2002. He is the liaison to the Science Departments, and is responsible for maintaining the collections related to the life & physical sciences. His research interests range over the entire spectrum of libraries and information sciences, but includes: - Google and its influence on information & society - The Internet's influence on information seeking & sharing behaviors - Trends of scholarly communication - Electronic learning environments - Traditional pedagogy - GIS use in academic libraries

Posted on July 22, 2010, in Consumerism, Libraries, Writing and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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