WAH! I missed a post. Even in the most knackering of days after no sleep whatsoever when my boys were born I didn’t miss a post. Now…? Oh well. It had to happen eventually I suppose.
Anyway, I was going to talk about this tomorrow, but I guess I can pop it up now and talk about something different tomorrow. Easy. 🙂
Just when I was congratulating myself on keeping up with the news I found this little gem lurking in the back of the press releases section. Well… it wasn’t really lurking but I wouldn’t have found it without already being there.
Amazon has acquired Goodreads.
For those of you who don’t know, Goodreads is a fabulous forum of readers and writers all talking about what they love. Books. They review, share, discuss and hotly debate the merits, pitfalls and cheery memories of their favourite books.
I log in there once a week to sniff out the ripples of conversation with regards to books I’m reading or plan to read. I like to get an idea of the lay of the land, though reviews seldom influence my choices any more. It’s also a great place to hook up with fellow book lovers across the world and promote your own works. When I finally have a release of my own to rave about, you’ll be sure I’ll head there.
So what’s so the problem? Any of you familiar with this blog and my style are, by now, probably already aware of the fact that I’m unhappy. You’re certainly right. I am unhappy. Why?
Because Amazon has enough. Enough already, damnit! Do they really need to jam whatever fingers they have left into any more pies? Can’t they leave something alone for other people to enjoy? Can’t they leave one scrap of the book writing, promoting, publishing process to someone else? Apparently not.
At the end of the day, Amazon is rather like methane gas. You hate the smell of it, you’d rather it wasn’t around, but in truth, it’s bloody useful at times, so you grudgingly use it. There are few better substitutes, right? I’ll readily admit; if there is something I want to buy online, there are three places I look first; Amazon, Play.com and Ebay. Usually in that order. But every time I do it a little piece of me dies when I realise I’m feeding more and more money into the guzzling maw of a company on the verge monopolising everything.
What can I do about it on my own? Very little (other than shop elsewhere and it’s not like they’ll miss me. And I’ll just end up paying through the nose at other places that can’t afford to keep their prices low because they just don’t have the customer base).
What I can do, is piss and moan about it and write a jerky, irritated blog post.