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Sunday, January 31, 2010

An Update on Amazon

John Scalzi and Scott Westerfeld have written up my favorite summaries of the internet's weekend with Amazon.

There have been a lot of talk with readers wanting to boycott Amazon, boycott Macmillan, or boycott Amazon and Macmillan.  Personally, I was very unhappy with how Amazon handled everything--especially since as a non-e-book reader, I was unfairly affected by a dispute that had nothing to do with me.

In light of Amazon's response (in their Kindle forums where normal visitors to Amazon don't venture) I am pretty disappointed with them.  Macmillan wasn't too much better, but I have to keep in mind they responded first, albeit in a paid ad to a publishing website.

Amazon will probably never apologize to the customers they clearly don't care about: people who don't own Kindles and frankly, don't want one, and now will never buy one (even as a gift).  All talk of e-book pricing and business practices aside, this was not handled well at all.

Concerning JRT: I am still reading Watership Down, if that explains to anyone who was curious as to why I haven't put up a review in the past week. :)

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