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  1. Yes, but what you are failing to realize is that ... (pausing briefly as I get on top of my chair to yell as loudly as I can) THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH RACE!! Amazon actually adversely affects FAR MORE white people than Black people. How many websites are there like AALBC.... Answer: None! Is it because of racism? No, it is because the world wide web is dominated by a few companies who crush competitors big and small in ways you don't appreciate. Great Black book websites have been killed in the crib and the barrier to entry for new ones is far too high. Sure, Amazon is run and largely owned by white people. Now some of white people may actually be racist, but that is immaterial, as the motivation of these people is making more money. Amazon does not discriminate; they will crush a Borders and B&N just as quickly as they would an AALBC -- indeed Amazon isn't even thinking about an AALBC. You are so desperate to attribute the actions of white people to racism that you'd rather believe poor white people are "actors" or willingly sacrificing themselves in the name of racism while completely ignore what another Black man is telling you about his experience in the real world. The problem of the 21st century is still the color line, but that color is green.
  2. Yep I spoke to Calvin at PW a day or two after I published the Blog post. A indie publisher in Brooklyn, Melville House, also covered the piece. You should check out their article, as well as the articles they link to in their coverage. They wrote about Amazon converting their Audible audio into ebooks -- in defiance of publishers wishes! Amazon just doesn't give a f*uk, they are so gangsta! While Amazon is not providing the entire text to read at once (it is apparently being providing as the audiobook is read), this is a technically which essentially give the consumer an ebook when the buy the audiobook. As you know Amazon also owns Audible.
  3. As a bookseller, I'm only going to consider open ebook and audiobook book formats to sell in this website. I focus primarily on physical books, as I have not designed the site to accommodated the site to accommodate multiple formats of the same book. It is not something I plan to do in the short term. So, if a book is only available in ebook format, I'm only selling and open version. @richardmurray does the Kindle handle Kobo ebooks? I actually have two kindle ebook readers and have not used wither in years. I also have a Nook and I guess this products is obsolete for all practical purposes... I'll probably resuscitate these devices as I begin my research.
  4. To be clear, I meant white supremacists are ignorant or dumb. White supremacy is, of course, quite real. It is interesting to see I was not the only one who had not heard of Nipsey Hussle until his passing. Again, the media covers the dysfunction (his murder) but not the good he was apparently doing in the community. It is also interesting to hear from Black people who knew nothing about Blank Panther, despite the outsized media coverage -- especially by Black media. I saw the movie and was entertained, but I took it for what it was a low brow Marvel action flick created by white boys for mass appeal. It was visually appealing because it had so many attractive Black people. The film was also refreshing because Black people are shown in powerful roles. I've have always rejected the notion of doing the "Wakandan salute" or embracing anything in Black Panther as if if was some actual representation of Black culture or history. Doing so just reminds me of the void left in old culture because of the european transatlantic slave trade.
  5. @Kalexander2 you keep saying most people what him out. I'm not sure where you are getting this information. I don't even want 45 before out before the election next year because that will mean Pence, an evangelical Christian, would become president -- potentially for 9 years! Between the two options I pick 45 for another year.
  6. I'll have to research this as it is a real issue for authors who use Amazon for ebook publication because they lack a suitable alternative. My refusal to sell Kindle ebooks only exacerbates the problem for these authors making them even more dependent uoon Amazon for marketing -- since Amazon is their only retailer. Have you ever considered Kobo? I have not looked into it yet, but it is the solution the ABA uses.
  7. You only need some, not most, to win an election and hold office. I agree with this as the middle ckass is squeezed and the poor have nithing to realistically aspire to we have the potential for serious problems. I heard a talking head say that Obama's accomplishment was keeping the pitch forks at bay. Occupy started under his presidency and was summarily squashed. The pitch folks will come... poor whites are stock piling weapons as we speak, but I'm afraid they have the wrong targets immigrants and Blacks are not the cause of their problems. The Republicans hold the Senate so the effort is a waste of time. 45 has liitle over a year to go and will finish his term. Another Republican will replace him as long, as the person is "normal" they will feel like a breath of fresh air.
  8. You give white supremacists too much credit. People who believe in white supremacy are either ignorant or dumb. The fact we are still discussing the concept of race and the supposed superiority of one over the other is just plain stupid. Now America's oligarchs, who are white, are devilishly brilliant at acquiring and retaining wealth and power. These people will engage anything from genocide to slavery -- even of their own so called race. Racism is another tool they use. The white boy working in the coal mine, who is addicted to cigarettes, whose livelihood was destroyed by the BP oil spill, or who lost their home in the motgage crisis is not an actor, but is exploited and as disposable as you or I to the oligarchy.
  9. **THE OPINIONS EXPRESSED HERE DO NOT REPRESENT THOSE OF THE OWNER** @Pioneer1 I'm surprised you'd expouse a belief in eugenics. No man is smart enough to make the devision on who needs to be dropped from the gene pool. Nature does a pretty good job of handling that. Pioneer when did the wheels comes off? All the white people i see in the gutter begging for money are actors? All the whites boys ODing and committing suicide are actors? White people shortening their life spans to haem Black people? Do you believe people have been abducted by aliens or big foot?
  10. You don't want the user to share the file with anyone else. Can the users read the ebook on different devices they own?
  11. Honestly I had not heard of him before he died myself. I imagine i must have heard his music, because i do hang out, but to this day I cannot tie his name to a single song. There are apparently some conscious rappers out there but they are underground (obscure) and enjoy very little mainstream notoriety, for the reasons previously described. I hope you brothers don't remain depressed. That is wasted energy. Work to change something -- anything -- for the better every little bit helps and you'll inspire others. As you've inspired me -- knowing there are others with similar attitudes who support what im doing -- who can also disagree without running away but hopefully take something away and maybe look at something differently and build upon what they have. We need warriors. The newsletter I mailed today was dedicated to the warriors who oppressor tried to erase from history. A couple of the books shared i discovered here fron y'all. As you make progress and grow depression will be a distant memory.
  12. Probably. Can you claify this statement by describing the steps on the process; "without saving a copy" is tripping me up. Google isa evil they can create proprietary extensions to HTML then require people to use them. For wordpress it is as easy as installing a plugin. for my site we are talking about some development work that I dont have time or money for.
  13. K2 I see you simply can't wrap your head around the fact that some people love 45. Here in the deep south you can see evidence of it everywhere. Some people believe the treason allegations are a smear campaign -- for real!
  14. The problem K2 is that your statement: is simply not true. Many people love him. Therefore the reaction you expect will not happen.
  15. The video describes the situation but not why. When you have multiple competing vendor specific platforms this lowers adoption and sales. Amazon's effective monoply and proprietary kindle has actually made things worse. Imagine if the only place you could buy and listen to music was on Apples Itunes and Apple hardware.
  16. AMP, developed by Google, is also used to rank pages in search by mobike devices. All of my Wordpress websites use AMO fir this reason alone. I even considered making the entire AALBC website AMP. I decided against it for now. But given Google's dominance I may be forced to implement there nonstandard HTML markup... I'll check out your story now. BTW @Mel Hopkins the link to the Black Enterprise article is broken. I seem to remember reading it before but it would interesting to reread it now.
  17. Yes because ADOS are greedy too. @Pioneer1 half the country lives in, or near, poverty. Most of these people are white. Again, our media highlights the Black dysfunction that exists and they highlight white success and diminish their dysfunction. 45, before he became POTUS, was presented as a successful businessman when he was little more than a crook.
  18. Long time @Kalexander2 My understanding in the human need to survive leads me to understand that it is trumped by greed. Politicians bolster the fossil fuel industry allowing it to put the planet on a path of not being able to support human life. Allowing 45 to get into, or even remain, in office is a small thing, relatively speaking.
  19. @Pioneer1 there are far more people who think like me (speaking for myself) than you might realize. We just are just marginalized in the poular Black press. Consider my stance on Amazon. It was covered by white business media: https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/bookselling/article/81153-aalbc-cuts-buy-links-to-amazon.html which is only read by a few Black people. Now the media most people consume cive3rs the dysfunction you described. Sure it exists, but it is not nearly as dominant as we are all led to believe. Africans are subjected to the same prograganda which highlights ADOS dysfunction.
  20. 45 will finish his term unscathed and will be followed by another criminal. Yiu can send my $50 in the same fashion. Ill put it to good use.
  21. As far as African immigrants dissing us. It actually went both ways with ADOS disrespecting Africans as the larger Anerucan culture did. Divisiveness is not something I'm in favor of. But I not interested in sacificing focus of clarity in favor if it. When people talking abiut "people of color," a term i don't use it muddies the water. I'll begin to use ADOS. Is it pronounced "A Dos?" Today Africans are the "model minority" while ADOS are continually marginalized. This is currentlt evident in the literature elevated by mainstream publishing. I have no problem with actress cast to play Tubman; she is very talented and it is not like Tubman's warrior spirit is that far removed from Africa. Who would ya'll rather play the part, Zoe Saldana?
  22. ROTFLMBAO! Yeah you are the reference to Wakanda was everywhere. It got to the point where I was sick of seeing it because young white boys invented it and now Black people embrace it believing it is real and are trying visit the fictional place. We are so needy having so much of our history stolen from us -- you ain't missing anything. I see you missed the reason i keep the book on my site. Also there are plenty of books on the site that i dont believe in or even particularly care for personally, but the are on the site because I know there is an audience for them. I'm not sure what definition of capitalism you are working with but aalbc is fundamentally a capitalist entity, but I'm also mission driven and will call hoaxes out as i become aware if them because I care about ADOS.
  23. ADOS is certainly more descriptive. I like the term too -- especially if it includes decendants of the enslaved across the Americas. These 4 letters is an easy way to help explain the difference between a Barack Obama and me. It focuses more on culture rather than skin color or so called "race." However, does anyone think the term might be divisive for the reason i just mentioned?
  24. Then why lead with the big image of the newspaper. Obviously it was put there fir a reason. What was the reason? Then what point were you making for introducing the film? @Kareem I'll take you at your word, but I find hard to believe that you are completely unaware of the most popular "cultural" reference associated with Blackness in recent memory. That would be an inaccurate asssessment. If you look at the page I make it quite plain the the book is a hoax with a link to a page explaining why. The book was on the sites before I became aware that the letter was a hoax. Today if you search the site fir the letter you will discover content explaining the same. I keep the book on the site just for that reason. Beside you must know that real capitalist would NEVER run this site. There are far easier ways to make money. This is correct, but @Delano's comment was appropriate, because you wrote, The implication being that I shouldn't do it. I'm not aware of a book promoting a conspiracy theory or something that is factually inaccurate, on the cover, that is worth opening. There are too many other books and life is short.
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