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  •  To be fair to what's happened: (3+ / 0-)
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    Bcre8ve, Creosote, cotterperson

    Amazon decimated local bookstores, removing vast sweeps of small business from the marketplace.

    While there are other purveyors of various things, for books, Amazon is king. Borders has fallen. Barnes & Noble may not be far behind.

    Ebay is not primarily a book seller at all.  At least it started as a sort of online garage sale auction.  Now, particularly in the case of cars but for many other products, it is highly commercialized. At any rate, Ebay is not a choke-point, because it allows more producers (sellers) and more consumers (buyers) to come together to conduct a transaction.  

    And Amazon increasingly competes for sales of all types of products, rather than just books.

    The statement that a Book may not be For Sale if it is not sold on Amazon may not literally be accurate, but practically speaking in the real world marketplace, if your book cannot be sold on Amazon, it will not sell in large volumes. I wish that weren't so.

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Mon Jul 30, 2012 at 08:17:05 PM PDT

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