Amazon Posts A Loss: I Had No Idea I Bought Quite That Many Books

I just saw an article about how Amazon recently posted a loss in their most recent quarterly earnings. Man, I had no idea I bought quite that many books.

As most people who know me are aware, I read quite a bit during the course of a year. Around about a year and a half ago, I realized that I was buying most of my books through Amazon. I still supported my local independent, Tattered Cover, as well as other independent bookstores when I happened into one, but I bought a lot from Amazon because I tended to pick up books which just weren’t usually stocked. I decided to make a real effort to buy from independents and generally only buy from Amazon when it was a book that could only be bought there.

And, it was actually much more convenient than I thought. That was the only advantage Amazon had for me, convenience. I could just order a book when the whim struck me and sooner or later it would show up at my house. However, I discovered I could order books just as easily through the Tattered Cover website and have then shipped to the store. I literally walk in front of the store every workday, so it was really easy just to walk in and grab what I ordered when it came in. They even called me when it was in, no shipping necessary.

So, it was going good. Then I saw that Amazon posted a loss this quarter. My only thought was: Man, I had no idea I’d been buying that much. I guess they really miss getting the majority of my business.

About David S. Atkinson

David S. Atkinson enjoys typing about himself in the third person, although he does not generally enjoy speaking in such a fashion. However, he is concerned about the Kierkegaard quote "Once you label me you negate me." He worries that if he attempts to define himself he will, in fact, nullify his existence...
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