Keeping an Eye on Amazon: Amazon as a Disruptive Force / Amazon’s Dominance and DRM

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February 2012
by Mike Shatzkin and Joseph J. Esposito

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“I’m usually the one wearing the target on my chest.”

The speaker was an Amazon executive. The setting was a meeting of publishers and booksellers confronting troublesome issues. The time was some years ago. But it’s easy to imagine the same scene playing out today as people throughout the book business express anger at Amazon and issue warnings about its enormous power and about how it is wielding that power.

Of course, there have been, and are, other 8,000-pound gorillas that throw their weight around in our industry, stimulating fear, resentment, and, sometimes, effective opposition. But Amazon seems to be the company causing the greatest concern today. The two articles that follow analyze aspects—and consequences—of this giant’s current M.O.

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