I know I'm probably going to piss off a certain sect of the writing world by even suggesting I love Amazon. Hell, for all I know, I've just sealed my fate against ever being published by a big name publisher. :shrug: It's not like they're beating a path to my door. Know what I mean? Anyway, I love Amazon. And despite all the brouhaha in the industry, I still love Amazon.
I love Amazon because they get me what I want when I want it. I don't live near any bookstores. There's one indy about 20 miles from here and it's not convenient to where I need to go when I'm down that way. (Which is Walmart 24 out of 25 times, so I guess I love them, too, which also makes me hated in certain sects. Aren't I the little rebel?)
But it's not just books. As long as I can wait a week, I can get damn near anything from Amazon with little to no trouble. Hop online, place the order, bingbangboom, it's in my mailbox or on my frontporch.
Case in point... My last order from Amazon consisted of:
1 book by an author acquaintance of mine whose big name publisher had dropped her so basically the only place I can snag a hardcopy of her work is AMAZON.
1 10-pk of Max's favorite kitty treats - the soft kind he requires sprinkled on his wet food at every meal. (Cut me a break, he only has 4 teeth, so getting him to eat is a kind of special hell some days.) I can no longer find these treats at my go-to place (Dollar General) so Amazon is my only option for my special needs kitty.
1 LED lantern for emergency use. I don't even know who else would carry these things, but I can bet I wouldn't find it anywhere else for $30. And since I've bought from this manufacturer before, I know it's quality stuff.
And the shipping was free*.
It seems to me that in this world where people are reading less and less, alienating potential readers by calling for a boycott of a place so wonderful and necessary as Amazon is like cutting your face off to spite your ass.
Maybe big name authors published by the big 6 publishers don't need Amazon. They probably don't shop at Walmart either. Little ol' me? Well, after writing this and potentially pissing off the traditional publishers, I probably need Amazon more than ever. And at this rate - with no checks coming in for anything I've written - I really need Walmart, too.
Great Value trail mix, anyone?
*So that purchase actually cost me LESS - even if someone could've had those products in stock at those prices in this area - than it would've if I'd gotten into the car and driven. Especially at these gas prices.