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Amazon swallows Book Depository

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annis
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Amazon swallows Book Depository

Post by annis » Tue July 5th, 2011, 7:22 am

Not content with taking over Abebooks, Amazon has now acquired popular online bookseller Book Depository. Ho hum!

http://www.smh.com.au/business/amazon-s ... 1h00b.html

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Post by Vanessa » Tue July 5th, 2011, 8:56 am

Amazon is obviously all set to take over the world! :rolleyes: It'll be Waterstone's next (UK bookseller)!! :eek:
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Post by Divia » Tue July 5th, 2011, 3:45 pm

It feels like Amazon is turning into Walmart. :eek:
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Post by Madeleine » Tue July 5th, 2011, 3:55 pm

Or, in this country, Tesco.
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Post by LoveHistory » Wed July 6th, 2011, 1:14 am

[quote=""Divia""]It feels like Amazon is turning into Walmart. :eek: [/quote]

And Walmart sucks, so that is not a good thing. Bad Amazon, no biscuit!

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Post by annis » Wed July 6th, 2011, 1:39 am

I see a tweet from BD in response to customer concerns, saying "we're still operating independently and no plans to charge postage". Here's hoping that remains the case.

There is concern in the UK over what this domination of the market by Amazon will mean there.
"Amazon is estimated to account for 70% of UK internet book sales with The Book Depository and Play.com its largest rivals. Neill Denny, editor of the Bookseller magazine, said: "The publishing industry will be worried about the concentration of power in Amazon's hands. They don't like the stranglehold it has over online bookselling as it is." The Office of Fair Trading said it was "too early" to say whether it would launch an inquiry into the deal."

See full article at the Guardian here:
Booksellers fear "stranglehold"

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Post by Divia » Wed July 6th, 2011, 1:54 am

[quote=""LoveHistory""]And Walmart sucks, so that is not a good thing. Bad Amazon, no biscuit![/quote]

Agreed. :(
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Post by Alisha Marie Klapheke » Wed July 6th, 2011, 3:04 am

My God. This is just sad and overwhelming. What is the end game here?

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Post by fljustice » Wed July 6th, 2011, 3:50 pm

[quote=""Alisha Marie Klapheke""]My God. This is just sad and overwhelming. What is the end game here?[/quote]

World domination!
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Post by John Sliz » Tue September 11th, 2012, 7:35 pm

I thought that Google was trying to take over world. Or was that so last year? ;)

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