“Care of Wooden Floors,” by Will Wiles, is the kind of novel you’d expect to see on a “staff picks” shelf at an independent bookstore. A slim but sophisticated farce by a relatively unknown author, the book is full of witty asides and snappy comments about modern life; its wry, endearingly hapless narrator feels like he might have stepped out of a Nick Hornby story.
But many local stores, both independents and chains, are refusing to stock it. They don’t want to promote what they see as a predatory publisher. “Care of Wooden Floors” was issued this month by New Harvest, a new collaboration between Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and the arch-nemesis of brick-and-mortar bookstores: Amazon. (click link to read the rest of this article)
[I know this sounds a bit vindictive, but given the way Amazon has acted toward the publishing and bookseller community, I for one am glad that community is responding this way. I feel for those authors though, they are merely trying to get their work out in the public eye. However, Amazon has done nothing but shit all over the book selling and publishing community to get their own way and dominate the competition. So, this is a nice turn of events on them. This is an excellent article.]