Thursday, August 28, 2008

The 800-Pound Gorilla

In the last week or so has come more news about Amazon--first, it bought used book dealer AbeBooks.com and, second, it is getting ready to buy Shelfari, a book/reader/author networking site. The official announcement on the Shelfari deal is expected any day.

You can read more about it here.

When will Amazon feel they're big enough? And once they stop, will anyone be able to do anything except roll over and take it when Amazon roars?

Is this a bad thing? Or a good thing?

2 comments:

Tori Lennox said...

And the bigger they get, the worse their service becomes. *sigh*

Sherrill Quinn said...

That's certainly one for the "bad" side, Tori. I think for consumers this *could* be a good thing, but...

I dunno. I'm not an expert in anti-trust and monopolies, but it seems to me that Amazon's skating along on some thin ice here. But maybe not.