I try not to be a proponent for or against Amazon. But I have to say, I was a bit worried after reading David Streitfeld's article in The New York Times a few days ago, "Amazon, a Friendly Giant as Long as It's Fed." If the title wasn't ominous enough, the sentiment of one of Amazon's authors, Vincent Zandri, was.
Is the resistance to Amazon a last-ditch bid to keep the future of American literary culture out of the hands of a rapacious corporation that calls books "demand-weighted units," or an effort by a bunch of dead-enders and snobs to forestall a future that will be much better for most readers and writers?
Mr. Zandri, who 15 years ago had a $235,000 contract with a big New York house that went sour, has an answer.
"Everything Amazon has promised me, it has fulfilled - and more," he said.