Fox News’ Steve Doocy and Michelle Malkin, discussing the Amazon “book store” and the “new threat” of e-books.
A New York Times columnist wrote that “bookstores are like supermarkets, only the prices are lower.”
And a former Wall Street Journal editorial page editor said that “people are going to be spending their money on e-readers.”
A professor at Columbia University told Fox News that he would prefer to have e-book versions available on the same platform as physical books, but the “bookstore model is an awful, terrible model” that “will be in a very bad position to compete with a store like Barnes & Noble.”
“We don’t have a market for e-Books,” a New York-based bookseller told Fox.
“They’re not going to do that.
They’re not interested in that.
We have a big market for physical books.
I’ve sold hundreds of thousands of books to people who have been able to pay $200 or $300 a year.”
A new book by a New Yorker writer on Amazon: A man and his wife who live in Brooklyn.
“I want to be able to write my book without having to have a store in my house,” the writer told Fox, explaining that he does not want to have to pay the $300+ for a digital version of his book that he will have to ship to his girlfriend in the future.
“That’s not fair.”
“Amazon is like the supermarket,” the author said.
“It has a monopoly on the whole market.
You can’t compete with them.
You have to have an e-reader in your house, which is a nightmare.”
“You know, it was the big publishers that were so against the idea of ebooks.
They were so scared of people going to bookstores and buying books,” he said.
But when Amazon opened its “books” store in New York City in November, critics were excited to see the company offer a “digital book” that will be free of charge.
“The new book that you’re reading now is being made available on Amazon in the same way as the physical book,” Amazon said in a press release announcing the launch.
“And this will be available as a free download to you anytime you want to use it.
We will make it available to anyone anywhere, anytime.”
The release also said that all purchases will be made on Amazon’s own servers, and that all sales will be tracked and logged.
“Amazon wants to give you a free, easy way to buy books, and we want to help you make it easy to find the books you need,” Amazon spokesperson Anna B. Mazzucato said in an email to Fox News.
“Our goal is to make the best-selling books on Amazon easier to find and to sell to customers.
We believe in making our online shopping experience as easy as possible for everyone.
And as we have seen with other new digital services, it can be challenging to do this without hurting your online experience.
We are committed to making it as easy for people to buy the books they want.”
“I think it’s important to remember that the books that you have on Amazon are actually Amazon’s business model, and they have the ability to charge whatever they want for the right to do so,” the bookseller added.
“If I was a small business owner, I would want to charge the right price to Amazon, to get people to booksellers who would actually want to sell the books I wanted to sell.”
Mazzuco said Amazon would allow publishers to create their own “books stores,” and “offer free access to the books.”
“If a publisher can create an Amazon bookstore, they can create a new type of book store, which has no price tags on the books,” she said.
Amazon’s CEO, Jeff Bezos, said that the company’s goal is not to “own the entire book market” but to “have the largest bookstore on the planet, and the best store for the best books.”
The New York bookseller said that if Amazon is successful, it will be an “opportunity for other bookseller chains to take a page from Amazon’s playbook.”
“This will be a game changer in terms of how we make our books,” the former bookseller wrote.
“In the next 10 years, I think you’re going to see other bookstores offering free access and letting people buy their books anywhere, anywhere, any time, anywhere.”
The former booksellor, who asked to remain anonymous to protect his privacy, said the only way to make e-reading easier and more convenient for book buyers would be to remove all physical barriers.
“You need a physical store to do it.
If Amazon was a bookstore, it would have to be a physical bookstore,” he wrote.
If they were a bookseller, it should be possible to get a discount, even