Friday, October 24, 2014

ST 37 - A Huge, Rare Cheese

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Big Bill Broonzy - The Glory of Love

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Grateful Dead - Playing In the Band

A song in 10/4.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Krugman on Amazon

I knew that Amazon was engaging in some pretty predatory behavior, but I'm still surprised at some of this. Krugman explains.

So far Amazon has not tried to exploit consumers. In fact, it has systematically kept prices low, to reinforce its dominance. What it has done, instead, is use its market power to put a squeeze on publishers, in effect driving down the prices it pays for books — hence the fight with Hachette....And on that front its power is really immense — in fact, even greater than the market share numbers indicate. Book sales depend crucially on buzz and word of mouth (which is why authors are often sent on grueling book tours); you buy a book because you’ve heard about it, because other people are reading it, because it’s a topic of conversation, because it’s made the best-seller list. And what Amazon possesses is the power to kill the buzz. It’s definitely possible, with some extra effort, to buy a book you’ve heard about even if Amazon doesn’t carry it — but if Amazon doesn’t carry that book, you’re much less likely to hear about it in the first place.

So can we trust Amazon not to abuse that power? The Hachette dispute has settled that question: no, we can’t.