Salon Magazine

Amazon, Authors United, and anti-trust issues

By Chris Meadows
July 16, 2015 // 1 Comment

Here we have a few articles about putative Amazon malfeasance. The subject seems to be getting a lot of attention lately, and it’s probably going to get more. The snowballs have begun rolling down the hill, and they’re only going to pick up more momentum as they go. First, here’s a piece from [...]

Salon wishes Amazon an unhappy 20th birthday

By Chris Meadows
July 11, 2015 // 6 Comments

Amazon is just about to turn 20, and Salon has a hit piece with five reasons to wish Amazon an “unhappy birthday.” Of course, the fact that Salon dislikes Amazon is not exactly a surprise. In this article, Scott Timberg blames Amazon for all but destroying bookstores, mistreating its employees, [...]

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 [...]

In dismissing Amazon’s Orwell quotation, Laura Miller misinterprets Orwell herself

By Chris Meadows
August 26, 2014 // 12 Comments

There she goes again. Salon’s Laura Miller has penned the latest in a series of tirades against Amazon, this one summing up the squabble thus far and taking issue with Amazon’s quotation of Orwell’s discussion of paperbacks in its “Readers United” letter explaining that lower prices were [...]

Authors lost the book war long before Amazon vs. Hachette

By Chris Meadows
June 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

I meant to cover this piece from The Weeklings when it popped up on The Passive Voice the other day. To my surprise, it’s reprinted on the normally rabid pro-publisher/anti-Amazon Salon Magazine this morning, so I guess I have no excuse now. In this article, J.E. Fishman traces authorial woes all [...]

Salon’s Laura Miller: Self-published authors should side with Hachette

By Chris Meadows
June 18, 2014 // 2 Comments

And there goes Salon again with another ridiculous Amazon hit piece, this time with Laura Miller (she who’s Sworn Off Amazon And She Really Means It This Time) proclaiming that, if they know what’s good for them, self-published authors really should be cheering for Hachette rather than [...]

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 [...]

Salon Magazine to Amazon: ‘Your mama dresses you funny!’

By Chris Meadows
May 30, 2014 // 6 Comments

Well, all right, that’s not a literal quote, but it might as well be. Salon has never made any pretense of its anti-Amazon leanings (as we saw recently with Laura Miller’s piece claiming she was swearing off Amazon), but lately it seems to have gone a little round the bend. Over the last couple [...]

Salon’s Laura Miller swears off Amazon: Not many dead

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

Salon has been the venue for plenty of gratuitous Amazon-bashing in the past. And the latest contribution is from senior Salon writer Laura Miller, who headlines her piece “Goodbye, Amazon: We’re through!” and adds, “I quit Amazon because of its monopolistic tactics. Is it [...]

Indie bookstores doing fine: Now stop demonizing Amazon?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 10, 2014 // 3 Comments

Salon, rarely the most Amazon-friendly of venues, has just run another story on the state of the indie bookstore sector in the U.S., and found surprisingly positive trends. And naturally, being Salon, it saw fit to headline the report with a hit at Amazon like: “The independent bookstore [...]

Novelist claims Amazon search result tied to publisher bribes

By Chris Meadows
March 4, 2014 // 1 Comment

Salon Magazine has never made any secret that it leans strongly against Amazon, and it’s found yet another silly reason to pile onto the bandwagon with this complaint from novelist Stephan Eirik Clark. Because Amazon’s search algorithms are “for sale,” he concludes, Amazon “buried my [...]

Self-promotion tip of the day: Bitch up Amazon on Salon

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 4, 2014 // 2 Comments

Yes, why throw money at Author Solutions packages? Even when “I have a major publisher and a buzzed-about debut,” I can maybe do with a little extra push, eh? Even if I is Stephan Eirik Clark, whose novel “Sweetness #9” will be published by Little, Brown in August. All I [...]

It’s Amazon’s world, we just live in it

By libertyc
July 19, 2013 // 7 Comments

Discovered another pair of posts with interesting, almost complementary things to say today about Amazon, from opposite sides of the fence. It’s interesting and instructive to look at them both together. If Barnes & Noble fails, so will Amazon Is that the heady aroma of sour grapes I catch [...]

Paper books vs. e-books and the clash of bookstore cultures

By libertyc
June 30, 2013 // 10 Comments

Salon Magazine’s culture editor Anna North recently posted an article about how much she “hates books.” Not the collections of words—she loves reading—but the physical artifacts that have the words in them. She’s moved seven times in eight years, and has gotten tired of hauling dead [...]

Salon Magazine still alive and kicking

By libertyc
July 25, 2012 // 0 Comments

Digiday has a brief piece on beleaguered online magazine Salon. I remember the days, a dozen years or so ago, when Salon was the face of the future of online news media. It had many fascinating feature articles. It was where I first learned about the Palm Pilot, and began my ever-since love affair [...]

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