OBLONG ONLINE: Danny Caine, "How to Resist Amazon and Why"

Event date: 
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
EST via Crowdcast

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Author Danny Caine talks with Oblong's Suzanna Hermans about the fight for local economics, data privacy, fair labor, independent bookstores, and a people-powered future!

Danny CaineHow to Resist Amazon & Why by Danny CaineSuzanna Hermans

Image credit: Suzanna Hermans c. Seth Harrison.

When a company's workers are literally dying on the job; when their business model relies on preying on local businesses and even their own vendors; when their CEO is literally the richest person in the world while their workers make low wages with impossible quotas... wouldn't you want to resist? Danny Caine, owner of Raven Book Store in Lawrence, Kansas has been an outspoken critic of the seemingly unstoppable Goliath of the bookselling world: Amazon. In this book, he lays out the case for shifting our personal money and civic investment away from global corporate behemoths and to small, local, independent businesses. Well-researched and lively, his tale covers the history of big box stores, the big political drama of delivery, and the perils of warehouse work. He shows how Amazon's ruthless discount strategies mean authors, publishers, and even Amazon themselves can lose money on every book sold. And he spells out a clear path to resistance, in a world where consumers are struggling to get by. In-depth research is interspersed with charming personal anecdotes from bookstore life, making this a readable, fascinating, essential book for the 2020s.

Danny Caine is the author of the book How to Resist Amazon and Why and the poetry collections Continental Breakfast, El Dorado Freddy's, and Flavortown. His writing has appeared in Literary Hub, Publishers Weekly, Barrelhouse, Hobart, and other places. In 2019, he was named the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association Bookseller of the year. The owner of the Raven Book Store, he lives in Lawrence, Kansas. More at dannycaine.com