Amazon workers in 30 other countries protest on Black Friday

Amazon workers and activists in 30 countries marked the traditional start of holiday shopping season with a series of walkouts and protests to demand better pay and working conditions. In Manhattan, activists, labor unions and Amazon workers marched outside company founder Jeff Bezos’ penthouse in the tony Flatiron district. Outside St. Louis, a few dozen … Read more

Book Club Picks for August 2022

The latest from Jamie Ford, a debut novel by Anthony Marra, and two Jane Austen classics are among the many lucky titles selected by book clubs across the country for the month of August. To submit titles for inclusion in this roundup, email us. Amerie’s Book Club and Read with Jenna, the Jenna Bush Hager … Read more

Amazon’s iRobot Deal Would Give It Maps Inside Millions of Homes

After decades of creating war machines and home cleaning appliances, iRobot agreed to be acquired by Amazon for $1.7 billion, according to a joint statement by the two companies. If the deal goes through, it would give Amazon access to yet another wellspring of personal data: interior maps of Roomba owners’ homes. iRobot got its … Read more

Mass Market Paperback Sales Wither

No matter which way you look at it, sales of mass market paperbacks have been in steady decline since 2017. NPD BookScan data shows that unit sales fell 31.5% in 2021 compared to 2017, while the Association of American Publishers put the decline in dollar sales at a more disturbing 42.7% in 2020. Both data … Read more

Jonathan Karp and Stephen King Take the Stand

The second day of the DOJ’s trial to block Penguin Random House from acquiring rival Big Five publisher Simon & Schuster featured little star power: bestselling author Stephen King took the stand, telling the court about his rise from struggling freelance writer to mega-bestselling author , and bemoaning the continued consolidation of the publishing industry—which, … Read more

Pirated books thrive on Amazon, authors say web giant ignores fraud

Amazon is getting flooded with counterfeit versions of books, angering customers and authors alike who say the site is doing little to fight the literary fraudsters. Forgeries sold by third parties through Amazon range from e-books to hardcovers and fiction to non-fiction — but the issue is especially widespread for textbooks, whose sky-high sticker prices … Read more

Opinion: Big Tech shows its good to be big, as growth slowdown leads to stock gains while smaller rivals find only pain

After super charged, double-digital growth during the pandemic, the results from the five biggest US tech giants this week showed a slowdown as they grapple with inflation, looming recession and an overall slowing economy, but they were largely rewarded by Wall Street because of their size shows their strength. During the last week, all of … Read more