Amazon analysis: " Widely linked-to already, Onnesha Roychoudhuri's Boston Review piece on Books After Amazon (which focuses on Amazon.com's business practices) is worth a look.
Among the interesting points:
Many publishers with distributors don't even know the name of the person who buys their books at Amazon. The relationship is almost exclusively handled by the distributor. Indeed, of the 20,000 employees at Amazon, just one is tasked full-time with working as a liaison between the company and publishers.
Unless publishers push back, Amazon will take the logic of the chains to its conclusion.
Then publishers and readers will finally know what happens when you sell a book like it's a can of soup.