Jeff Bezos

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 [...]

Amazon’s $30M K-12 e-book contract from NYC postponed: Kindles hostile to people with vision impairments?

By David Rothman
August 26, 2015 // 4 Comments

I’ve begged Jeff Bezos and crew to restore text to speech to E Ink Kindles. A decent selection of fonts—including the all-bold ones dear to me—would also help. Those specifics may or may not have counted, but whatever the exact accessibility reasons, the New York City Department of [...]

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 [...]

An Amazonian’s response to ‘Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace’

By Nick Ciubotariu, an Amazon engineer
August 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

Nick Ciubotariu kindly granted TeleRead permission to run in full his rebuttal to the New York Times article on Amazon’s workplace culture in Seattle. I discovered the rebuttal on LinkedIn and, out of fairness, wanted it here to provide a different perspective. The essay has also appeared at [...]

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 [...]

‘Hunger Games’ in Seattle? New York Times portrays Amazon as a Darwinian sweatshop

By David Rothman
August 15, 2015 // 3 Comments

I’ve praised, praised, praised Amazon’s pros, such as knock-out customer service, well-built e-readers and other goodies. But at what human cost is this happening? If you believe Jodi Kantor and David Streitfeld of the New York Times, we’re talking about a Darwinian sweatshop where employees [...]

ePub and other sacrileges on the Voyage and Paperwhite: Easy jail-breaks ahead?

By David Rothman
June 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

Nathan ran a great write-up on the challenges of rooting the Kindle Voyage, the Paperwhite and other recent Kindles. He was following up on a how-to video on taking the Voyage apart. Meanwhile, at MobileRead, buzz persists about hacking the recent-model Kindles. Remember, Kindles are little [...]

Cheap blind-friendly E Ink Kindles with read-aloud and audio nav capabilities: A how-to for Amazon

By David Rothman
February 9, 2015 // 2 Comments

I hope that Amazon’s CEO never becomes a blind visionary. But if Jeff Bezos’s eyes should ever go downhill in a serious way—a risk for millions of aging baby boomers—he could still enjoy e-books on inexpensive E Ink Kindles. All he has to do is follow advice from Shaun K. Kane, the [...]

No Paperwhite read-aloud for you! FCC again lets Amazon and friends diss people with disabilities

By David Rothman
February 2, 2015 // 1 Comment

Text to speech would cost a pittance to add to current E Ink readers like Amazon’s Paperwhite and the $200 Voyage. In fact, some earlier Kindles even came with read-aloud. No longer, though. With all the laws on the books, can’t Washington stop this dissing of people with disabilities? In one [...]

Want read-aloud in Kindles and other readers? Use FCC’s easy online form by Jan. 9

By David Rothman
January 3, 2015 // 13 Comments

Update: See the most recent version of the LibraryCity post with mention of an unofficial Jan. 9 deadline and a link to the FCC’s easy comment form. You need to submit formally. Please e-mail the FCC ASAP. The agency deals with accessibility matters and will soon make an important [...]

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 [...]

The Nine Billion Names of Bezos

By Chris Meadows
June 12, 2014 // 1 Comment

Remember how I pointed out Salon’s Amazon hit pieces were getting sillier and sillier, and the next one would be on the order of “Amazon’s Mama Dresses It Funny”? Well, Salon’s just posted a piece on all the different epithets (positive and negative) the media has conferred on Jeff Bezos [...]

Customers use Amazon Mayday button in unique ways

By Susan Lulgjuraj
April 13, 2014 // 3 Comments

Kindle Fire HDX owners may have used the Amazon Mayday button for assistance with their gadget, but not everyone is looking for technical help with their devices. In a letter from Jeff Bezos to shareholders on Thursday, Bezos recounted some of the more interesting ways customers have used the [...]

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