New York Times

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 [...]

New York Times new-reader strategy focuses on free

By Chris Meadows
August 3, 2015 // 1 Comment

The Wall Street Journal has a piece looking at recent efforts by the New York Times to make more content available for free. The Times has a tricky tightrope to walk, as it’s long been one of the big boosters of subscriptions and paywalls—but evidence is mounting that kids these days get most [...]

TeleRead Links: Coffee and free NYT articles, anyone? Harper’s paywall. Soundtrack for reading? DMCA vs. anti-hacker tool to protect cars

By Chris Meadows
July 22, 2015 // 1 Comment

Some New York Times Articles to Appear Free on Starbucks App (New York Times) Beginning in the first half of next year, Starbucks loyalty members will be able to read daily and weekend briefings from The Times, as well as other articles recommended by Starbucks, using the coffee company’s mobile [...]

Hex marks the spot with Hex Publishers unhinged debut

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

Hex Publishers, a new Denver, Co.-based independent publisher “founded by award-winning author Josh Viola and longtime bookseller Dean Wyant,” has announced its first anthology, Nightmares Unhinged, due for publication in September 2015. According to the publisher’s [...]

Trying too painfully, achingly hard to write The Great American Novel

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

A recent post in the New York Times fingered the Stateside obsession with the Great American Novel, that white elephant that has crushed many literary aspirations and engendered all kinds of weird mutants that sprawl around the landscape. Indeed, there have been whole books written about the Great [...]

Digital piracy now about access more than cost, says New York Times

By Chris Meadows
October 5, 2014 // 13 Comments

The New York Times has an interesting piece about Hana Beshara, who ran pirate web site and chat community NinjaVideo from 2008 to 2010 until she was arrested and served 16 months in prison. Beshara still doesn’t believe she did anything wrong. Her position isn’t exactly helped by the fact that [...]

Grumpy Cat to get biography? No, it’s Jonathan Franzen!

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 2, 2014 // 0 Comments

Jonathan Franzen is not dead. It’s sad news for the world of English letters, I know, but he is still alive, writing (presumably), and talking (when his foot is not wedged firmly in his tonsils). Sad news for Oprah too. And for XX-chromosome-bearers who have the temerity to decipher words. [...]

Morning Roundup: Kobo Aura H2O available today. NYT needs to rethink strategy

By Joanna Cabot
October 2, 2014 // 0 Comments

Kobo Aura H2O Available Today (GoodeReader) The new Kobo Aura H2O is now available in Canada at major bookstores such as Chapters and Indigo. Americans who have pre-ordered it from the main Kobo website have their units shipped out today and international markets will be getting it soon. *** Not [...]

David Gaughran catches the stench wafting from the publishing industry

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 23, 2014 // 1 Comment

No one could accuse David Gaughran of being afraid to take a stand, or of supine impartiality in his readiness to listen to every side. And the author of Let’s Get Digital and Let’s Get Visible doesn’t leave much room for ambiguity in his latest title: “Publishing Is Rotten [...]

Social media self-promotion for writers Lesson One: Do not beat up on your readers

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 8, 2014 // 6 Comments

Best-selling crime author Chelsea Cain appears to have gone into social media meltdown in a really bad case of Author Meets Facebook. In a series of posts, she managed to diss on her readers for their asinine behavior and intrusive questions. She then managed to compound the damage. Her initial [...]

How many UK authors can you buy for the cost of an NYT ad?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
August 12, 2014 // 4 Comments

Class, today’s math question is: How many UK authors can you buy for the cost of a single full-page New York Times ad? And we’re going to compare the average median income of a British author, as calculated by the the UK Authors’ Licensing & Collecting Society (ALCS), with the [...]

Rich boys club buys space to say Amazon is bad

By Paul St John Mackintosh
August 8, 2014 // 4 Comments

The open letter against Amazon from Authors United, the group steered by founding author Douglas Preston, seems to be getting a lot of column inches. And just to make sure, Authors United is buying its own. That is, a full-page ad in the Sunday edition of the New York Times to get the message [...]

Barnes & Noble and Google – an Amazon-beating combo?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
August 7, 2014 // 1 Comment

A widely quoted report in the New York Times details a partnership between Barnes & Noble and Google to create a same-day book delivery service utilizing Google Shopping Express. According to the report, “book buyers in Manhattan, West Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area will be [...]

Virtual Unreality looks virtually imbecilic from the cover on in

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

This is a book non-review, because it’s in large part a review of a book cover. And I apologize unreservedly to any genuine worth in the contents that I may have traduced – but I won’t hold my breath. Because wouldn’t life be wonderful if every book cover in the world, [...]

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