“They don’t tell us the rules and don’t let us have a say. But they squeeze us for every penny.”

A Tennessee bookseller speaks as Amazon faces questions about how it “edits” its content.

  • Gregory Delzer, Defunct Books.
  • A New York Times reports details questions about how Amazon decides to remove certain books that some may deem offensive. While the content appears to be related to topics like Nazism and White Supremacy, some wonder what may happen if Amazon decides to edit other categories, such as political perspectives.
  • Amazon defends its decisions as the same choices any bookseller makes on a daily basis.
  • Why It Matters: Amazon controls two-thirds of the U.S. book market, and nearly all of online book sales; what it decides to sell (or not) impacts what the average consumer has access to.

In Amazon’s Bookstore, No Second Chances for the Third Reich
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/09/technology/amazon-bookstore-nazis.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage

The Enormous Numbers Behind Amazon’s Market Reach
https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2019-amazon-reach-across-markets/