Hail & Farewell: Gabriel Garcia Marquez

There is a bookstore in Cartagena, Colombia, called Ábaco Libros y Café. Along a wall lined with wine near the entrance is a collage of black-and-white photographs of all the writers who’veRead more »

Amazon offers an employee buyout with a side of condescension

Amazon is offering warehouse employees a cash buyout to leave, according to USA TODAY. This being Amazon, the offer is composed of a bland and unappetizing dollar amount wrapped in a jagged,Read more »

Four publishers in Norway suspected of violating competition laws

Evan Hughes nearly convinced us all to move to Norway this week in an article for The New Republic. Norway seems like a great place to work in books: theRead more »

Do Amazon employees feel naughty using indie bookstores?

Amazon employees are frequenting indie bookstores in Seattle, the New York Times reports, and they may have something to do with the greater well-being of book culture across that city.Read more »

The new biography

In a post on The Millions last Friday, Niamh Ní Mhaoileoin examined the use of authors’ archival material in the digital age: After centuries of shuffling papers, biographers must now deal withRead more »

Amazon will unveil a phone in June; water is still wet

Amazon is set to ship their first smartphone in September, according to the Wall Street Journal. Other breaking news; the Earth continues to orbit the sun, puppies remain cute, andRead more »

Replacing Maria Miller with Sajid Javid means more of the same for British culture

Hurrah! Britain’s unbeloved culture secretary, Maria Miller, has left the building. Miller was responsible for an 8% cut in government spending on the arts, and will be remembered for urgingRead more »

Barnes & Noble is optimistic about its future, even if no one else is

Late last week, America’s eleventh favorite big box toy store, Barnes & Noble, suffered a major blow when Liberty Media announced it would be selling most of its 17% shareRead more »