The Impact of Amazon, Google, and Facebook on the “Black Book Ecosystem”

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s House: Saturday, June 2rd 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Amazon, Google, and Facebook provide many benefits to their users including; Amazon’s free, same-day delivery of a dizzying array of products and steep discounts on books; Google’s amazingly fast search results, free software including GPS navigation and video content; and Facebook’s News Feed and ability to connect us to family and friends promising to keep us better informed and deepen our relationships with each other.

Indeed, the success of these three companies is reflected in their staggering combined market capitalization of more than 1.5 trillion dollars and combined revenue of $68.49B in just the first three months of 2017 alone. They are true American success stories, benefiting Americans in innumerable ways—or are they?

Johnson will explore the impact of Amazon, Facebook, and Google on African Americans in general and the “Black Book Ecosystem” in particular. Are we truly benefiting as the “Big Three” grow bigger and more powerful? The results might surprise you.

If you care about Black culture, how and who tells our stories, then this talk is for you. The talk will last 60 minutes and be followed by a question and answer session. Come share your ideas and thoughts.

Presented by Troy Johnson

Troy Johnson is the founder and webmaster of (African American Literature Book Club). Started in 1997, is the oldest, largest, and most frequently visited web site dedicated to books by or about people of African descent. Johnson holds graduate degrees in business and Engineering. Learn more about him at his website: