RIP: “Is Amazon Evil or Malicious?” (2012 – 2015)

RIP: "Is Amazon Evil or Malicious?" (2012 - 2015) Conferences & Trade shows humor The topic of "Amazon as a force for evil or good" died 27 May 2015 in New York City, at the IDPF 2015 conference.

This hot industry topic was born with the rise of the Kindle ebook store in the dawn of the modern ebook era. After a long career as a topic on blogs, discussion forums, and at cocktail parties, "Is Amazon Good for Readers?" reached the pinnacle of its career in 2014 and 2015 during the long running contract dispute with Hachette.

"Amazon: Business as Usual?" was the subject of not one but two webcast debates in 2014, garnering much attention as all turned to gawk. It moved on to become one of the more talked about sessions at DBW 2015, but alas, the attention was short-lived.

The topic abruptly died in May 2015 near the beginning of its last performance, "Is Amazon Good for Readers?". It was done in by panelists who were unable to summon anything to say other than clichés.

The first blow was struck by Andrew Albanese, who said that Amazon was a reader's friend but then turned and stabbed the topic with an allusion to chickens coming home to roost. Dazed but still mobile, the topic was struck by recycled argument after recycled argument before finally receiving the coup de grace when one of the panelists compared Amazon's efforts to Olive Garden.

It was unable to recover.

"Amazon: Font of All Evil" is survived by many illegitimate children, but mourned by no one. Its corpse has already been scavenged by consultants and turned into the source for three books, 4 conference sessions, and a lamentations for the good old days.

***

So one of the sessions today at the IDPF conference was called "Is Amazon Good for Readers?". As you can imaging when three publishing industry insiders get together to discuss Amazon, the debate was philosophical.

It was also tired, boring, and repetitive. (When I say that they used cliches, I'm not kidding.) As a result, it fell to this blogger to call the time of death for the topic, and declare it dead.

P.S. I'll let you in on a secret: it actually died six months ago but was embalmed and perfumed in order to hide that fact.

image by Kool Cats Photography

 

Nate Hoffelder

View posts by Nate Hoffelder
Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: He's here to chew bubble gum and fix broken websites, and he is all out of bubble gum. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills at the drop of a hat. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

10 Comments

  1. fjtorres27 May, 2015

    Like Lenin, it will still be trotted out regularly by the faithful. Probably every time BPH aggregate market share and/or profits decline.

    Which is to say: quarterly.

    Reply
    1. Nate Hoffelder27 May, 2015

      Yes, I expect to hang around like a persistent mold infestation.

      Reply
  2. Bob W27 May, 2015

    Does that mean from this date forward it’s going to be a brain sucking Zombie? I thought it already was.

    Reply
    1. fjtorres27 May, 2015

      It *was* a shambling zombie.
      By now it’s stopped even twitching.
      But they have it stuffed and mounted on a dolly so they can roll it out on “special” occassions.

      Reply
      1. Bridget McKenna28 May, 2015

        Well, it was already smelling to high heaven last year, so we can hope it will soon be too ripe to be recycled into barely-disguised panel topics in future.

        Reply
        1. Nate Hoffelder28 May, 2015

          I thought the corpse smelled ripe at DBW, but I ignored the smell. And I thought the two webcasts last yearwere passably interesting.

          Reply
  3. Reader27 May, 2015

    As I have purchased e-readers from Amazon at very good prices, I consider Amazon to be this Reader’s friend.

    Reply
    1. Nate Hoffelder28 May, 2015

      I see my relationship as a business deal, and nothing more.

      Reply
  4. eFTy2 June, 2015

    Funny article, but since I started working for a small publishing house making ebooks, I’ve come across so much bull from Amazon I really wish this topic would stay live and healthy and get a big YES at the end…

    Reply
    1. Nate Hoffelder2 June, 2015

      If one of these conference sessions were turned into “Amazon Anonymous” then that would be interesting. But the topic, as presented, has gone stale.

      Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Scroll to top