Thursday, December 8, 2011
Why Should I Be Surprised?
I’d say it’s the last straw, but I’m sure it isn’t. It never is. There’s always another outrage coming. What is it this morning?
My stepdaughter posted on Facebook a link to the latest murderous move by the online behemoth bookseller whose name I do not include here because they already get enough free publicity day and night from news media, and this is my blog, thank you very much, so please respect me and don't put their name in any comments, either! What’s their deal now? This is it: You, the buyer of books, can go to your local bookstore, scan an item, walk out without making a purchase, order the item from Behemoth, and they will pay you five dollars! I’m sure Behemoth will have takers on this one, but this is not my world, and it’s not a world I want any part of creating. We are involved, you know, in co-creating the world, by every choice we make, every action we take. Five dollars. Are you for sale that cheap?
In my world, Leelanau County, bookselling has always been a collegial affair. From Glen Arbor to Northport, those of us in little bookshops see and treat one another as colleagues. We send each other customers. We believe every town deserves a bookstore, and we want all county bookstores to succeed.
Obviously, we are living in La-La Land, wouldn't you say? The new bookselling model is not cooperation but warfare. Exterminate the “enemy” in every city and small town across America! Again, not a world I want any part in creating.
Have you noticed that there is no link in this post to the fabulous online deal? Again, why would I advertise for someone intent on exterminating me?
Don’t forget tomorrow’s event at Dog Ears Books in Northport. Come at 5 p.m. for a reading by and discussion with Susan Newhof, author of Spirits and Wine. We will have fun! But please don’t bring a scanner and don’t mention that hated name to me! Susan is coming to help me sell books in my bookstore! My little corner of the world!
I'm sorry. I'm still having trouble believing it. It's so hard to believe that people in the business of selling books, of all things, would be so intent on total world domination. Selling books/promoting reading + total world domination: can you put those two pieces together in any coherent way. I just can't.