Competing with Amazon is not an easy thing to do


Amazon has three pretty powerful things going for them, and two are entirely their own doing.

Number one: Amazon is, by far, the most book-industry-focused company that is actually active in endeavors much larger than the book business.

Number two: Amazon executes.

Number three: Amazon is the runaway market leader in the only two segments of the book business that are growing — ebooks and the online purchasing of print — and they are cleverly leveraging the leadership position they have to make challenging them even more difficult in the future.

Details on the three points


Headline needs amending to "Completing with Amazon is an Impossibility". Particularly when they're offering to pay customers to stay out of brick & mortar retailers.

Stores should ban the use of smart phones in their stores so that Amazon cannot be looked at.

Damn those companies doing a good job.
They are providing people with what they need. If anything we are the reason things are bad, not them.

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