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TeleRead’s Q. & A with Echo—on working conditions at Amazon

By David Rothman
August 29, 2015 // 2 Comments

The humans at Amazon can be famously mum on questions they don’t want to answer. But last night, I woke up with a solution. Who needed Jay Carney, the ex-Obama press secretary now on Jeff Bezo’s payroll as a senior VP handling PR and policy matters? In line with Amazon’s passion for robots [...]

Schrödinger’s ‘zon, and Rashomon

By Chris Meadows
August 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

It’s been a busy few days for Amazon, hasn’t it? I don’t remember this much to-do since the publication of The Everything Store. The New York Times came out with a steamy exposé on working conditions, and everyone from Amazon senior engineers to Jeff Bezos himself came out to rebut it—and [...]

NYT Amazon expose withstands attacks from the company’s defenders

By David Rothman
August 17, 2015 // 3 Comments

The New York Times’ expose of brutal working conditions at Amazon drew attacks over the weekend (here, here, here, here, here, via The Digital Reader—along with a memo from Jeff Bezos). I’ll still side with the Times. The defenses tended to center around individuals’ experiences. Keep [...]

James Patterson wants Amazon to do more to promote reading

By Chris Meadows
November 20, 2014 // 3 Comments

Salon Magazine has an interview with bestselling author and literary franchise James Patterson that is refreshingly free of the anti-Amazon rhetoric that has characterized both institutions of late. At least they’re not currently trashing Amazon for what it’s doing. They’re complaining about [...]

Simon & Schuster results show good performance as Amazon talks

By Paul St John Mackintosh
August 12, 2014 // 2 Comments

CBS Corporation, parent company of Simon & Schuster, has just released its second quarter 2014 financial results, with performance numbers for the publishing group that is reportedly in talks with Amazon. “Publishing revenues for the second quarter of 2014 increased to $211 million from [...]

Amazon’s Fire Phone is the smartphone for people who love Amazon

By Chris Meadows
June 18, 2014 // 0 Comments

Well, the Amazon launch event just wrapped, and there are articles covering all the details all over the place. (Here’s a good one at Ars Technica plus our own Juli Monroe wrote one.) The Amazon Fire Phone (what a creative and original name!) is pretty much as expected from all the rumors. It has [...]

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