Amazon Books Team Invokes Orwell Incorrectly in War Against Authors

Zara Golden · 08/09/14 12:12PM

Earlier this week , author Douglas Preston—from his quaint-but-internet-connected summer shack on the coast of Maine—posted a letter imploring his readers to write Amazon's chief executive Jeff Bezos and demand that he stop taking books as hostages in its on-going negotiations with Hachette Book Group. Some 900 other authors, including the likes of Stephen King and Donna Tartt, have joined him in his call to action. Together they call themselves Authors United, and they've taken out a full-page ad in Sunday's New York Times to get their message out.

"Mad Prime" Stephen Colbert Enlists In the Boycott of Amazon

Michelle Dean · 06/05/14 10:10AM

Amazon, known 'round these parts as the "Cthulhu of retail," saw its bad PR stretch got worse last night when Stephen Colbert took up the sword. Colbert's books are published by Grand Central, an imprint of Hachette Book Group. Hachette is the company currently struggling with Amazon over pricing. In a negotiating tactic straight out of a Coen brothers movie about rotund 1930s industrialists, Amazon is artificially delaying the shipment of Hachette books while driving a hard line.

​Let's Boycott Amazon! Now Where Do We Buy Stuff?

Tom Scocca · 05/28/14 03:55PM

Amazon has gone too far. Now. Now that it is apparently trying to extort ebook concessions from Hachette by delaying delivery and blocking preorders of regular Hachette books—this is it.

Amazon Deserves All of Its Bad PR

Hamilton Nolan · 05/28/14 11:05AM

Amazon, the Cthulhu of retail, finds itself embroiled in a spat with a major book publisher. It's gotten nasty. And, remarkably, Amazon is losing the PR battle. Why? Perhaps because Amazon—where workers are "ground into a tired heap"—deserves to have a bad reputation.

Amazon Is a Time Thief, by an Amazon Employee

Hamilton Nolan · 04/30/14 11:35AM

Amazon is the future of retail, so it's always useful to hear from real live Amazon warehouse workers about what their jobs are really like. Today: one worker details just how much Amazon values its own time over that of its employees.

Amazon and the Squeezing of the Middle Class

Hamilton Nolan · 04/24/14 10:53AM

Huffpo reporter Dave Jamieson wondered why so many of his Amazon Prime packages were being delivered not by UPS or Fedex, but by "independent" courier drivers. The answer says a lot about the dark side of our delivery-dependent future.

Amazon Can Read Your Mind

Hazel Cills · 01/19/14 04:30PM

Amazon gained a patent on Saturday for what the company calls "anticipatory shipping," which will let them ship items to customers before they've even technically purchased them. Basically, Amazon can read your mind.

Hamilton Nolan · 01/16/14 09:29AM

The first ever union vote at an Amazon facility in America is in: workers in Delaware voted 21 to 6 against joining a machinist's union. For unions, these types of votes are often hard to win. Amazon remains union free, for now.

Ken Layne · 01/10/14 05:59PM

If you've never read Howard Zinn's delightful and fast-paced A People's History of the United States, now is a good time to start. Amazon's got the e-book priced at $2.49 today, so do some e-commerce in the service of the coming socialist revolution!

Amazon Could Get a Union

Hamilton Nolan · 12/17/13 03:04PM

Amazon is the future of retail in America. Like its biggest competitors, it is not unionized. But that could change soon.