The first article is mostly an editorial piece questioning the Justice Department's logic in going after Apple and five major publishers for price fixing on E-books, a policy that directly benefits Amazon's quest for more and more market share.
The second article deals with a publisher, Educational Development Corporation, that made a decision to no longer sell their 1,800 children's book titles through Amazon and forgo $1,500,000 in annual sales. “Amazon is squeezing everyone out of business,” said Randall White, EDC’s chief executive. “I don’t like that. They’re a predator. We’re better off without them.
What happened in February to Christy Reed, a sales consultant in Pleasanton, Tex., was becoming all too routine. Her school district decided to order 16 copies of a science encyclopedia and a science dictionary but then completed the deal on Amazon.
“I worked so hard to sell those books,” Mrs. Reed said. “I had to talk to so many different people. Then I lost the sale to a couple of clicks on the computer.”
She acknowledged that the district saved a few dollars but added: “I’m here, in the neighborhood. I went to school here. My kids went to school here. Yes, they got the books for less. But my earnings go back into our community. Amazon’s do not.”