Are consumers starting to turn on Amazon?

Jeff Bezos is obsessed with customer satisfaction. In the past, he’s gone so far as to say that Amazon’s mission “is to raise the bar across industries, and around theRead more »

North Carolina poet laureate resigns amid controversy

Less than a week after being named poet laureate of North Carolina, self-published poet Valerie Macon has resigned from the post. As we reported on Moby Lives, her appointment causedRead more »

The Big Five haven’t signed on — so where did Amazon get 600,000 books?

Oh, look, you still have both eyes! That means you didn’t stab them out yesterday when the phrase “Netflix for books” was used another hundred thousand times, this time describingRead more »

NYPL President Tony Marx takes to public television to defend controversial Central Library Plan

In an interview with Jack Ford on New York public television’s MetroFocus program, New York Public Library President Tony Marx defended the so-called “Central Library Plan” to convert the 42nd Street MainRead more »

Looking for manuscripts in bars

Douglas Cleverdon, the producer of Dylan Thomas’s radio play, “Under Milk Wood,” found himself with an unusual task in October of 1953. As Stephen Sedley recounts in a post onRead more »

Is Amazon going to buy Simon & Schuster?

Yesterday, The Digital Reader’s Nate Hoffelder speculated—and indicated at several points that he was only speculating (there’s literally a question mark in the headline)—that Amazon may be interested in buyingRead more »

Chicago proclaims its Independent Bookstore Day a smash success

Over the weekend, Chicago held its first Independent Bookstore Day throughout the city, after—as Claire Kirch describes it in Publishers Weekly—not much more than a month of planning. By all accounts,Read more »

What’s juicier, soccer match-fixing rings or scholarly peer review rings?

In the wake of the New York Times’ two-part report by Declan Hill and Jeré Longman on match-fixing in soccer and last week’s news, announced on the blog Retraction Watch, about 60 articlesRead more »