Saving the choice available in our British books by working to limit the power of Amazon
Bookshops like Albion Beatnik in Oxford provide choice and maintain demand on publishers to seek out new and varied writers. http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/bookshop/view/recommendation/3018
Today's Guardian shows that Amazon is not only damaging this choice of books available by reducing the margins of publishers so they have less finances to take risks on new authors with, they are also avoiding paying tax on their £3.3bn sales.
38 degrees members are the only people, along with waterstones boss and the bookseller magazine, as well as authors themselves to create pressure on government to support local booksellers through fairer local operating costs (providing business rate concessions, and monitoring the high street rents in all towns with bookshops). Moreover taxes by Amazon must be paid and ideally Amazon should support upcoming writers.
Elaine Hands-Heathfield commented
People need book shops.
Here is today's article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/apr/05/amazon-dangerous-ottakar-james-heneage