Wednesday, June 04, 2008
Breaking up (with Amazon) is hard to do--veinglory
It seems like every week or so someone seems to think they invented the idea of boycotting Amazon.com. Right now it's Allison Randal. Who? Apparently someone worth commenting on if you are galleycat, Andrew Savikas, Brian Morearty and Paul Jessup. I'm not saying it's a bad idea, but seriously. Even boycotting Amazon specifically over the POD thing is hardly an idea that was new and interesting on May21st.
See also this post about the trouble with giving up your affiliate links. The thing is I'm boycotting giving them my money, not taking theirs. Call it enlightened self-interest or call it hypocrisy, it's my line and that's where I draw it. I mean, what next, not submitting to publishers who sell through Amazon?
So, for those of you not buying from Amazon, how is it going? Pain in the ass, right? Overstock.com sucks. There are other online book stores but they won't also sell you a bicycle, diamond earrings and pesto. Still, we do what we must. I haven't cracked yet.