It’s true that the indie bookstore has it hard. he struggle to find its niche in the new economy has been made indie bookstores reinvent themselves or die in the process. First they had to deal with competing with Amazon, then eBooks made the rise.
Having Amazon reach out to them with a deal that’s so obviously self-serving is a slap in the face. Hopefully it will get independent bookstores to take a better look at what they’re doing about eBooks and how they can compete in the eBook market. This may require thinking outside the box, which has been Amazon’s greatest strength.