Amazon notoriously avoids paying corporation tax in the UK (despite doing £millions of business here), treats its warehouse employees dreadfully, intentionally drives small competitors out of business and never seems to advertise in what the web fondly refers to as the ‘dead-wood’ press (at least, I think not – I pay scant attention to ads), so it’s quite surprising that, despite all of this, their new battery-powered book got lots of high-profile reviews literally everywhere last week – most of which even featured a quote from David Limp, ‘senior vice president of devices’ (the puns must abound!) that “society is a better place if we all read more” (with not even the tiniest hint of irony).
Here’s the thing: society is a better place if we all behave ethically and contribute fairly. The sharks behind this tax-shy sales behemoth have become millionaires because they operate with no scruples and the penny-pinching populations of the richest nations on Earth are seemingly happy to shop with them without it even pricking their consciences. Meanwhile, high-street shops are boarded up, public services are cut and A&E departments are closed.
I’m not one to be judgemental or to bear ill will but I hope the lot of you drop your ‘books’ and crack the bloody screens.