Interesting data, this:
In certain circles Amazon enjoys a reputation as a slayer of all that is right and good and true. It doesn’t matter whether the topic is publishing, bookstores, or literature, Amazon is responsible for its imminent death.
For example, there’s been a growing urban legend that Amazon is out to kill all bookstores (and doom themselves, LOL). It’s been reported on time aftertime after time over the past few years. It has been repeated so much that many are taking it as the truth.
Pity there’s no actual evidence to back it up. … Amazon is so effective at killing bookstores that there are actually more indies today than there were 3 years ago.