This is a fairly academic look at how Amazon has affected the world of literary fiction, and genre fiction. It takes a brief look at the enshittification cycle that Amazon is embarking on as it changes it’s stance from growing the sellers on it’s platform, to driving prices down and extracting as much profit as possible from every place they can get away with.

It also spends a long section looking at “dead” fiction. Fiction that was written but no one will ever read because there is so much being published that it far outstrips the ability of the entire reading world to keep up with any portion of it.

If you’re looking for an academic look at the cultural affects that Amazon has had on literary fiction, then this might be the book you’re looking for. I found lots of big words, and references to “classics” that I have never read so while I did get some value from the book, I feel like I also missed much that could be gained by someone that understands the literary fiction world already.

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