US indie sets up anti-Amazon blog

<p>An American independent bookseller has set up a blog warning consumers about the &#39;beast&#39; that is Amazon, despite being a judge for a prize sponsored by the retail giant. Jeff Waxman, of 57th Street Books and the Seminary Co-op Bookstores in Chicago, bills <a href="http://againstamazon.tumblr.com/" target="_blank">Against Amazon</a> as &ldquo;an online archive to educate consumers about the problems and politics of doing business with the beast&quot;.</p><p>The site warns: &quot;Cheap books are easy on our wallets but behind the scenes, publishers large and small have been deeply undercut by the rise of large retailers and predatory pricing schemes&quot;.<br /><br />Waxman is a judge for the US&#39; Best Translated Book Award, run by the University of Rochester&#39;s translation website, Three Percent. Amazon&rsquo;s $25,000 sponsorship has enabled the award to offer a cash prize for the first time. Prize organiser Chad Post said of Waxman&rsquo;s claims, on the site and in a <a href="http://quarterlyconversation.com/constant/notes-from-the-brouhaha" target="_blank">piece</a> for The Quarterly Conversation site, &quot;Jeff is one judge of nine for fiction, and as a young, outspoken bookseller, he&#39;s entitled to his opinion&quot;.</p><p>The shortlist for the 2011 Best Translated Book Award is announced at the end of January.<br /> </p>