Today in mergers and standoffs: Lagardère releases sales info (Updated)

You remember that Hachette recently acquired Perseus and changed distribution for 400 indie publishers. The sale wasn’t completed yesterday, as they’d initially announced, but the deal is expected to close at the end of August.Read more »

The Amazon Fable

Aesop is the mind, or voice, or storyteller most able to capture the story of Amazon. Some talking animal indigenous to the Greek imagination must have died from an inabilityRead more »

“The Little Red Schoolbook” is back! Expect playground sit-downs, principled truculence, children confronting you about masturbation…

It’s been a long time coming—over forty years—but the full, unexpurgated edition of The Little Red Schoolbook, a controversial book of advice and information for children written by two DanishRead more »

Some of the books on the Man Booker longlist aren’t out yet. Is that a problem?

Last week, the Man Booker Prize committee unveiled the thirteen books that made its 2014 longlist. Joshua Ferris, Siri Hustvedt, David Mitchell, and Ali Smith all made the cut; DonnaRead more »

Books in space

The glory days of NASA, of space shuttles and sending people to the moon, are at an end. With our astronauts currently relying on hitching rides from the Russians toRead more »

Amazon’s shares drop again

Live-blogging Amazon’s quarterly report announcements has got to be one of the more frustrating experiences in the range of human experience. The story is so often the same: revenue’s up,Read more »

Mayor de Blasio and Queens borough president dismiss library trustees in ongoing investigation

The New York Daily News broke the story on Wednesday that Mayor Bill de Blasio and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz have dismissed eight library trustees who voted to allowRead more »

Amazon wants Hachette to stop “using its authors as human shields”

Once upon a time, you could expect one sentence in nearly every article published about Amazon: “An Amazon spokesman declined to comment.” As of this writing, a Google search forRead more »

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 »