Bill Petrocelli, owner of Book Passage in Corte Madera (and also a lawyer) makes clear how Amazon, an economic force unto itself, is slashing and burning through the world of writing, publishing, and bookselling. His article, published in yesterday’s Huffington Post, was aptly titled Amazon Goes for the Jugular.

Petrocelli points out many concerns in Amazon’s dominance of the market. His point below applies in particular to how its practices could wipe out other retailers, including yours truly. All of this reminds me of what Wal-Mart has done to the American manufacturing and retailing market.

Amazon has made sure that e-books sold on Amazon can only be read on Kindles and that Kindles will not accept downloads from any bookseller other than Amazon. This is all part of a consistent approach by Amazon.com — including flouting state sales tax laws — to gain market share at any cost.

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