Originally Posted by frahse
Exclusivity allows Amazon or B&N to spend more money on advertising and promoting a book. It will provide more money to the authors who will eventually put out more books for the consumer.
If the authors can't make it, they will go elsewhere to make a living.
I don't care if they go beg for money on the street instead of write books. If they want to make exclusive deals that are not good for the customer, they don't deserve to sell. Anyone who signs an exclusive deal is not doing so for the good of customers. Amazon is the worst one for this. If B&N is also doing it, then that's just as bad. But really, when is exclusive good for everyone who reads? It's not. Not ever.