I suspect many of you on here have been following the story of the battle between Amazon.com and the publisher Macmillan over e-book pricing which (presumably) has resulted in the delisting of all Macmillan titles from Amazon's website. (Used copies through 3rd party sellers still show up, but, for example, if you search for Jeff VanderMeer's Shriek you won't be able to buy a new copy from Amazon at the time of this posting.) (If you don't know what I'm talking about you might want to read this: http://www.boingboing.net/2010/01/29/amazon-and-macmillan.html#more
which I think lays out the situation so far quite well.) It's hard to resist the lure of Amazon, I'll be the first to admit, and how quickly it can get a book or music into my hands (or electronic device), but I have seen at first hand the decline and closing of an awesome local bookstore, where I worked once, and which a number of people I'm close to still worked at the time of its closing--I know Amazon is just a business like any other, and I'm not supposed to fault the free market from working freely, but I think people in this town lost more with the closing of that bookstore than they will gain by having to resort to Amazon.com from now on. I think this incident, whatever eventual excuse/explanation comes out, is kind of the last straw for me, and I'll be doing my very best not to use Amazon from now on.