AMAZON IS A COMPLETELY BAD THING. There is no simpler or more needless equation than to say that Amazon = Wal-Mart. In many ways the entire Amazon warehousing model was built by Wal-Mart veterans. To call Amazon a tech company is at this point obscurantive. Amazon is a fulfillment business, and a cruel and manipulative one. To that end, they’re working to convince people that cheap fast fulfillment is all that matters. And I know you’d be among the first to argue otherwise.
I agree that the big six (and Russo and King and that reactionary Turow) are not the purest of spokespersons for a world of literature divorced from bloodthirsty capitalism, but to say that Amazon is not a bad thing—or I guess not that bad a thing—because Wal-Mart and Target are also bad things is facetious Chad.
Anyhow, let’s argue about it more in person soon.