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All About Amazon.com Corporation

Recent Headlines   Subsidies & Sales Tax Avoidance
Impact on Local Businesses & Communities          Working Conditions
Impact on Authors, Readers & Publishing   Pro-Amazon Commentary
Impact on Third-Party Sellers              Jeff Bezos Profiles / Other Topics
Additional Information Sources   Bold = Articles by AMIBA Staff

 

We created this curated archive of news and commentary to make it easy for people to gain a better understanding of this huge and influential corporation. We welcome suggested additions. Contact us if you seek expertise on a particular aspect of Amazon.com's operations.

Recent Headlines

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

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

Lucrative Role as Middleman Puts Amazon in Tough Spot
by Serena Ng and Greg Bensinger, Wall St. Journal, January 22, 2014

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

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

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

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

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


Click image for interactive graph from the Wall Street Journal. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Impact on Employment, Local Business and Communities

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 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

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* 

Impact on Authors, Readers & Publishing

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* 
 

Subsidies & Sales Tax Avoidance

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

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

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

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 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 / Other Topics

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

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

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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