How to Resist Amazon and Why : The Fight for Local Economics, Data Privacy, Fair Labor, Independent Bookstores, and a People-Powered Future!
This Updated & Expanded Edition is Great! The entire thing has been re-worked, resulting in 40% NEW material. This makes clear the impact on ALL local businesses and ALL local communities.
When a company's workers are literally dying on the job, when their business model relies on preying on local businesses and even their own vendors, when their CEO is literally the richest person in the world while their workers make low wages with impossible quotas... wouldn't you want to resist?
Danny Caine, owner of Raven Book Store in Lawrence, Kansas has been an outspoken critic of the seemingly unstoppable Goliath of the bookselling world: Amazon. In this book, he lays out the case for shifting our personal money and civic investment away from global corporate behemoths and to small, local, independent businesses. Well-researched and lively, his tale covers the history of big box stores, the big political drama of delivery, and the perils of warehouse work.
He shows how Amazon's ruthless discount strategies mean authors, publishers, and even Amazon themselves can lose money on every book sold. And he spells out a clear path to resistance, in a world where consumers are struggling to get by. In-depth research is interspersed with charming personal anecdotes from bookstore life, making this a readable, fascinating, essential book for the 2020s.
This book is an expanded and detailed edition of the super popular zine that's sold nearly 9,000 copies since September 2019. Now 192 Pages, with cited resources and further reading.
In a survey of more than 850 small independent businesses, 90% of them reported Amazon had a negative impact on their revenue, with 28% describing the degree of negative impact as "significant".
Appeals to consumers who want socially responsible alternatives to eCommerce giants such as Amazon.
A strength of this book is that it does not shame consumers but lays out
the reasons why supporting independent businesses matter.