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Impact on Local Businesses & Communities          Working Conditions
Impact on Authors, Readers & Publishing   Pro-Amazon Commentary
Impact on Third-Party Sellers              Jeff Bezos Profiles
Additional Information Sources   Bold = Articles by AMIBA Staff
Competing v Amazon and Other Topics      


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It's Bezos v Bezos in Battle Over Amazon's Alleged Tax Evasion
Bloomberg BNA, February 15, 2015 

Is Amazon.com Good for Readers? A Live Debate (video)
Presented by Intelligence Squared. January 23, 2015

Supreme Court Rules Against Worker Pay for Screenings in Amazon Case
by Adam Liptak, New York Times, December 9, 2014

To Gain the Upper Hand, Amazon Disrupts Itself

The War of the Words (How Amazon Became Literary Enemy No. 1)
by Keith Gessen, Vanity Fair, December 2014 issue

Unlike Other Tech Giants, Amazon Doubles Down on Coal
by David Pomerantz, Clean Technica, November 11, 2014


Impact on Employment, Local Business and Communities

Amazon Spends and Grows, but Still Wants for Money
by David Streitfeld, New York Times, October 23, 2014

At Amazon, It's All About Cash Flow
by Justin Fox, Harvard Business Review, October 20, 2014

Amazon’s Monopsony Is Not O.K.
by Paul Krugman, New York Times, October 20, 2014. Counterpoints by an Amazon advocate.

Why We Need to Break Up Amazon...And How to Do It
by Matt Stroller, Medium.com, October 16, 2014 

Amazon.com Creates 5,000 Jobs, Destroys 25,000 in the Process?
by Alex Daley, Casey Research

Amazon Sales Take Hit in States With Online Tax, Report Shows
by Adam Satariano, Bloomberg BNA, April 22, 2014

Amazon.com, Predatory Pricing and Small Business (3rd of 3-part series)
by Christopher Zara, International Business Times, December 20, 2013

Amazon: 20 Years and No Profits, but Investors Don't Seem To Care* (1st of 3-part series)
by Meagan Clark and Angelo Young, International Business Times, December 18, 2013

Amazon.com Makes 2.5 million Price Changes Every Day
Profitero, December 11, 2013 

Amazon’s Investments in Technology Shape the Future for Retailers Everywhere
by George Anders, Technology Review, November 7, 2013

Amazon.com and the President's Blind Spot on Job Creation
by Jeff Milchen, Bloomberg Businessweek, July 31, 2013

The Truth About Amazon and Job Creation*
by Stacy Mitchell, ILSR, July 30, 2013 

Amazon Inc. Recruits Customers to Spy on Competitors
by the American Independent Business Alliance, December 2011. Of related interest: Seven Ways to Counter "Showrooming" by Jeff Milchen and Casey Woods,  November 26, 2012* 

Amazon a Virtual No-show in Hometown Philanthropy
by Amy Martinez & Kristin Heim, The Seattle Times, March 31, 2012

Amazon Price Check Flap Is No Strategic Blunder
by Janet Novack, Forbes, December 12, 2011

Amazon Price Check May Be Evil but It's the Future
by Erik Kain, Forbes, January 14, 2011


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Impact on Authors, Readers & Publishing

Amazon Can't Discount the Power of Community
by Betsy Burton, Salt Lake Tribune, August 16, 2014 (Burton serves on our Advisory Board)

Hachette CEO Replies to Emails Generated by Amazon.com
by Todd Bishop, Geekwire, August 10, 2014 

Plot Thickens as 900 Writers Battle Amazon
by David Streitfeld, New York Times, August 7, 2014 (Authors' letter here)

Amazon.com Statement Re Hachette / Amazon Business Interruption
by Amazon.com Inc., posted here June 1, 2014

Bringing Down the Hachette
by Evan Hughes, Slate, May 30, 2014 

Bye Bye Buy Links: Buy Local
by Louis Greenberg, Books Live, May 23, 2014

As Publishers Fight Amazon, Books Vanish
by David Streitfeld and Melissa Eddy, The New York Times, May 23, 2014 

Amazon Sabotages Sales of Publisher Resisting the Corporation's Demands
by David Streitfeld, New York Times, May 14, 2014 

Cheap Words: Amazon is good for customers. But is it good for books?*
by George Packer, The New Yorker, February 17, 2014

Amazon Offer Met With Chilly Reaction From Indies
by Sydney Jarrard, American Booksellers Association, November 7, 2013 

Brick-and-mortar Bookstores Play the Print Card Against Amazon
by Lynn Neary, NPR, October 30, 2013 

Indie Booksellers' Concerns Snubbed by Obama
by Arit John, The Atlantic Wire, August 28, 2013 

Independent Booksellers Respond to the President's Promotion of Amazon.com
A compilation of commentary from indie booksellers and their trade associations, August 1, 2013

As Competition Wanes, Amazon Cuts Back Discounts
David Streitfeld, New York Times, July 4, 2013

Amazon’s $1 million secret
by Alexander Zaitchik, Salon, April 8, 2013 

Do You Truly Own Your E-book?
by Laura Miller, Salon, February 28, 2013

Justice Department Abets Amazon’s E-Book Monopoly
by Stacy Mitchell, ILSR, June 20, 2012

The Amazon Effect
by Steve Wasserman, The Nation, May 29, 2012

Amazon.com Trying to Wring Deep Discounts from Publishers
by Amy Martinez, The Seattle Times, April 1, 2012

Amazon Bullies Independent Publishers
by Denise Johnson, Melville House, February 24, 2012

Author Discovers Amazon Can Reprice His Books and Cut His Royalties at Will
by Cory Doctorow, boing boing, February 26, 2012 

Amazon Yanks 5,000 Titles from Independent Publishers Group, a Chicago Book Distributor
by Corilyn Shropshire, Chicago Tribune, February 23, 2012 

Publishing’s Ecosystem on the Brink: The Backstory
Authors Guild, January 31, 2012

Why Publishers, Not Amazon, Should Set Book Prices
by Stacy Mitchell, ILSR, June 23, 2011

Hold the Applause for Amazon.com
by Jeff Milchen, AlterNet, August 12, 2005* 

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Subsidies & Sales Tax Avoidance

Franklin Foer Confuses Amazon's Subsidies From the Government With Profits
by Dean Baker, Beat the Press blog, October 10, 2014

Member of British Parliament Calls for Amazon Boycott Over Tax Dodging
by Juliette Garside, The Guardian, May 10, 2014 

The Latest on the Amazon Tax in States, Courts and Congress
by Penelope Lemov, Government Technology, October 25, 2013

Amazon’s (Not So Secret) War on Taxes (link to overview by Columbia Journalism Review
by Peter Elkind with Doris Burke, Fortune, June 10, 2013

Inside Amazon's Tax Fight
by Peter Elkind, CNN Money, May 23, 2013 

After 20 Years, Congress May Finally Pass Internet Sales Tax. Is it Too Late?
by Stacy Mitchell, ILSR, May 13, 2013

Amazon's Sales-Tax Victory: How the Internet Giant and a Supine Congress Delayed Online Taxes...
by Jacob Weisburg, Slate, April 30, 2013

Amazon’s Billion-Dollar Tax Shield
by Tom Bergin, Reuters, December 6, 2012

by Amy Martinez, Seattle Times, Sep. 1, 2012
Amazon Attempts to Negate CA Sales Tax Law, Uses Affiliates as Smokescreen
AMIBA news release, July 12, 2012

States Fight Back Against Amazon.com’s Tax Deals
by Jim Brunner, Seattle Times, April 2, 2012

Loophole for Cheap Labor: Amazon Accused of Systematic Job Subsidy Abuse
by Janko Tietz, Speigel Online, November 28, 2011 

To Help Main Street, Close the Internet Sales Tax Loophole
by Jeff Milchen, Bloomberg Businessweek, April 28, 2011 

Impact on Third-Party Sellers

Is Amazon Undercutting Third-Party Sellers Using Their Own Data?
by George Anderson, Forbes.com, October 30, 2014

Wholesale Slaughter? Amazon.com Moves Into B2B Sales
by ClareO'Connor, Forbes, May 26, 2014 issue 

Amazon Ramps Up $13.9 Billion Warehouse Building Spree
by Danielle Kucera, Bloomberg News, August 19, 2013

While espousing support for sales tax fairness, Amazon continues bullying states, affiliates
(description, not article title) by Mark Davis, Kansas City Star, August 16, 2013 

Amazon Sellers Complain of Tied-Up Payments, Account Shutdowns
by Amy Martinez, Seattle Times, November 17, 2012

From Warehouse to Powerhouse
by Barney Jopson, Financial Times, July 8, 2012

Competing With Amazon on Amazon
by Greg Bensinger, Wall Street Journal, June 27, 2012


Working Conditions

Amazon.com's Workers: Is This the Future? (2nd of 3-part series)
by Angelo Young, International Business Times, December 19, 2013

Area Woman Sues Amazon Over Off-the-clock Security Checks 
by Roger DuPuis, Times Leader, October 11, 2013

Amazon Faces Strike Threat in Germany Over Pay, Conditions
by Victoria Bryan, Reuters, April 29, 2013

Amazon Under Fire Over Alleged Worker Abuse in Germany
by Carol Matlack, Bloomberg Businessweek, Februrary 19, 2013

Amazon Warehouse Jobs Push Workers to Physical Limit
by Hal Bernton and Susan Kelleher, Seattle Times, April 3, 2012

Inside Amazon’s Warehouse
by Spencer Soper, Allentown Morning Call, September 18, 2011

Pro-Amazon Commentary 

(Amazon Critics) Wrong About Everything
by David Gaughran, David Gaughran.com, March 10, 2012

Don't Support Your Local Bookseller
by Farhad Manjoo, Slate, December 13, 2011 (see also this Response to Manjoo: Slate Magazine's Misguided Rant by Jarek Steele, Jarek Steele Blog, December 14, 2011

Jeff Bezos Profiles

Lawsuit Alleges Amazon Prime Buyers Are Victims of Fraud
by Tricia Duryee, Geek Wire September 25, 2014  

Citizen Bezos (a review of "The Everything Store")
by Steve Coll, The New York Review of Books, July 10, 2014 issue 

The Economist, June 21, 2014

Bezos' Quest for Total Retail Domination
by JJ McCorvey, Fast Comany, September 2013 edition
(see also Columbia Journalism Review'scritique of this fawning profile)

Jeff Bezos Does Rare On-Camera Interview
with Hanson Hosein, posted September 17, 2013

Jeff Bezos has Two Words for You: 'No Comment"
by Jack Shafer, Reuters, August 19, 2013

Expecting the Unexpected from Jeff Bezos
by David Streitfeld and Christine Haughney, New York Times, August 17, 2013

Washington Post Myths About Its New Owner, Jeff Bezos
by Dean Baker, Beat the Press, August 11, 2013 (media critic's response to "Five Myths About Jeff Bezos") 

What Amazon Lobbies for in D.C. and Ready for Washington Post Prime?
by Brad Plumer and Ezra Klein, Washington Post, August 6, 2013 

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to Buy Washington Post
by Paul Farhi, Washington Post, August 5, 2013

Amazon's Jeff Bezos: The Ultimate Disrupter
by Adam Lashinsky, CNN Money, November 16, 2012

Jeff Bezos Owns the Web in More Ways Than You Think
by Steven Levy, Wired, November 13, 2011

Birth of a Salesman
by Richard Brandt, Wall Street Journal, October 15, 2011

Competing vs. Amazon and Other Topics

Amazon Must Be Stopped
by Franklin Boer, The New Republic, October 9, 2014

Amazon Under Attack
by Jillian D'onfro, Business Insider, September 8, 2014 

Seven Ways Businesses and Communities Can Counter "Showrooming"
by Jeff Milchen and Casey Woods 

Amazon, in Threat to UPS, Tries Its Own Deliveries
by Greg Bensinger and Laura Stevens, The Wall Street Journal, April 24, 2014

Amazon, Twitter and Oracle Draw Criticism as Biggest Users of "Dirty" Energy for Cloud Services
BBC News, April 3, 2014

Lucrative Role as Middleman Puts Amazon in Tough Spot (paywall protected)
by Serena Ng (not a typo) and Greg Bensinger, Wall St. Journal, January 22, 2014

U.S. Postal Service to Deliver Amazon.com Packages on Sundays
by Tiffany Hsu, L.A. Times, November 10, 2013

IBM Ad Campaign Attacks Amazon
by Spencer E. Ante, Digits, November 3, 2013

Ten Charts: Why Wall Street Loves Amazon and Hates Apple
by Phillip Elmer-DeWitt, CNN Money, July 29, 2013 

Amazon's Wikileaks Rejection Raises Cloud Trust Concerns
by Keir Thomas, PC World, December 2, 2010

Additional Information Sources 

Notable Quotes About Amazon.com

Moby Lives blog

Amazon.com Inc. Annual Reports and Proxies

Amazon.com Officers and Directors

Understanding Amazon.com: A Reading List

Best Sources on State Sales Tax and Reform of Internet Exemption


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