Many folks in the fandom, I hear, have been dumping on Amazon lately for a whole host of perceived evils — and to a certain extent, I understand the fear. As my mother remarked just last week, "Amazon does everything." That’s not 100% true, of course; as far as I know, for example, Amazon has not yet gone the Netflix route and started offering "Amazon original" television content. When it comes to writing, however, Amazon is both a publisher in its own right and a major distributor, and its vertical integration and resultant influence have bankrupted booksellers and eaten into other publishers’ profits. But, per Frederic Bastiat, I would like to invite you to consider That Which Is Unseen: the positive impact Amazon has had on its consumers.

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