Here's an unusual situation, and thanks to The Big Bad Book Blog for highlighting this one: According to this article in the Guardian, an author in the U.K. was horrified to see his book on Amazon.uk and wants it removed. The author is a huge supporter of the independent bookstore channel and doesn't want Amazon to steal sales from the little guys.
That's a noble cause and all, but his comments show he doesn't quite understand how Amazon operates. He is quoted as follows:
What they (Amazon) are actually doing is getting the independents to do their market research. When a book gets a certain amount of attention, they will attempt to stock it and cut the independents out. Not with my book!
Huh? First of all, I've never really noticed Amazon trying to copy anything from brick-and-mortar accounts. If anything it's the other way around. Secondly, thanks to its virtual nature, Amazon stocks pretty much every book, so they're not waiting for success at the independent level before taking on inventory of their own. Again, my experience has been that certain books show early success on Amazon, resulting in stock-up opportunities at the brick-and-mortar accounts. This author seems to think the opposite happens...