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Amazon Studios head suspended after harassment allegations – CNNMoney

Friday, October 13, 2017

Roy Price, the head of Amazon Studios and global content at Amazon Video, was put on a leave of absence Thursday following a report that the executive made obscene comments to a TV producer. Amazon spokesman Craig Berman said “Price is on leave of absence effective immediately.” The move came hours after The Hollywood Reporter posted an article detailing harassment allegations lodged by Isa Hackett, a producer of Amazon’s critically…

Amazon is making it easier for teens to use their parents’ credit cards – Washington Post

Friday, October 13, 2017

(Getty Images/iStock photo) Amazon.com, already the most popular online retailer among adults, is setting its sights on a new demographic: teenagers. The company’s newest efforts are aimed at getting shoppers ages 13 to 17 to purchase items on its site — with approval from their parents. Teens can now log into Amazon.com using their own accounts to buy items and stream videos. Their parents, meanwhile, can approve their purchases by…

Weinstein Books Is Shuttered by Hachette Book Group – New York Times

Friday, October 13, 2017

Hachette’s quick and decisive reaction to the scandal stands in contrast to the publishing industry’s reaction to sexual harassment allegations against the former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly. Even after Mr. O’Reilly was fired by Fox, his publishing career has been largely unaffected: He released a new book in his best-selling “Killing” series last month, and promoted the book on television shows. Major book retailers like Barnes & Noble carried…

Book review: Naomi Alderman delivers in “The Power” – The Denver Post

Friday, October 13, 2017

The Power, By Naomi Alderman Little, Brown. 400 pp. $26 Excitement about Naomi Alderman’s dystopian novel “The Power” has been arcing across the Atlantic since it won the Baileys Prize for Women’s Fiction earlier this year in England. Now, finally, Americans can feel the jolt of this extraordinary book for themselves. Alderman has written our era’s “Handmaid’s Tale,” and, like Margaret Atwood’s classic, “The Power” is one of those essential feminist…

The Virtues of Studying Literature – New Republic

Thursday, October 12, 2017

LITERARY CRITICISM: A CONCISE POLITICAL HISTORY By Joseph North Harvard University Press, 272 pp., $39.95 For all the debates that have roiled literature departments over the past 60 years, the history of the discipline itself is a source of surprising consensus. According to the standard narrative, mid-twentieth-century literary studies served a conservative agenda, fostering traditional values and upholding a canon of dead white men. The dominant school of interpretation was…

Bavaria Fiction at 10: German Production Company Eyes International TV Market – Variety

Thursday, October 12, 2017

When U-boat U-612 sets sail from La Rochelle in France, it will be a major TV moment, the sequel to the iconic 1981 German war film and 1985 TV series “Das Boot.” With a budget topping $30 million over eight episodes, it is one of the priciest series ever out of Germany, and marks the freshly re-named Bavaria Fiction’s biggest-ever push into the waters of international TV. The German producer…

7 Ways Self-Publishing Can Make You 6 Figures – Entrepreneur

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Over the past few years, several individuals have told me effectively the same thing: “Books are business cards on steroids.” When I published my first book in 2016, I found out what they meant. I’d suddenly and dramatically increased my credibility, and I was invited to speak at events (and get paid for it). Even better, I generated more leads for my business interests. There’s nothing quite like walking into a sales meeting and…

Amazon to surge more than 25% as internet giant disrupts ad business: Analyst – CNBC

Thursday, October 12, 2017

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Amazon is hiring 120000 people for the holiday season – CNBC

Thursday, October 12, 2017

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Amazon wants to win over a new customer: your teen – Business Insider

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Parents can approve or reject their teen’s purchases. Amazon Amazon has launched a new kind of account specifically for teens. Tied to a parent’s account, a new kind of log-in introduced Wednesday allows teens to purchase items off Amazon.com and from Amazon services using a parent’s credit card and Prime account. Parents can provide a set allowance for shopping on Amazon using the service. They can also approve purchases teens…

Writers step in to defend author accused of plagiarism in New York Times – The Guardian

Thursday, October 12, 2017

More than 70 authors, including Pulitzer prize winners Jennifer Egan and Louise Glück, have come to the defence of the editor and poet Jill Bialosky after she was accused of plagiarism, saying that Bialosky’s “inadvertent repetition of biographical boilerplate was not an egregious theft intentionally performed”. A scathing review of Bialosky’s memoir, Poetry Will Save Your Life, by the poet William Logan in the Tourniquet Review last week accused her…

Dog’s tales and meowmoirs: the irresistible rise of endearing animal books – The Guardian

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Picture the scene: it’s the end of a long day. You’re tired, you’re cold, you need to curl up with a cup of tea and something comforting to read. But wait! You also love animals. What better, then, than a copy of A Pug Like Percy, Fiona Harrison’s tale of a cute canine who has been dumped in an animal shelter, but who brings a “little miracle” to Gail and…

From Amazon, a Change That Hurts Authors – New York Times

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Blemished books also seem to feed the gray market for “new” books. Bookstores will return shopworn books or those damaged in shipping under the category of “hurt books.” The publisher sells these books as used books. Online bookstores may buy them in bulk, sort through them, and resell as “new” the least damaged through Amazon. Publishers sell books to international wholesalers at large discounts on a non-returnable basis. By contract…

What’s the Future of Literary Studies? – New Republic

Thursday, October 12, 2017

LITERARY CRITICISM: A CONCISE POLITICAL HISTORY By Joseph North Harvard University Press, 272 pp., $39.95 For all the debates that have roiled literature departments over the past 60 years, the history of the discipline itself is a source of surprising consensus. According to the standard narrative, mid-twentieth-century literary studies served a conservative agenda, fostering traditional values and upholding a canon of dead white men. The dominant school of interpretation was…

Publishing’s Unfair Gray Market – New York Times

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Blemished books also seem to feed the gray market for “new” books. Bookstores will return shopworn books or those damaged in shipping under the category of “hurt books.” The publisher sells these books as used books. Online bookstores may buy them in bulk, sort through them, and resell as “new” the least damaged through Amazon. Publishers sell books to international wholesalers at large discounts on a non-returnable basis. By contract…

Jeffrey Eugenides, Great American Novelist, Turns to the Story – New York Times

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Photo Credit George Wylesol FRESH COMPLAINT Stories By Jeffrey Eugenides 285 pp. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. $27 In 1993, soon after the publication of Jeffrey Eugenides’s first novel, “The Virgin Suicides,” my sly and thoughtful high school English teacher handed me a copy. In those days, my knowledge of contemporary literature ended with “The Catcher in the Rye,” so Eugenides’s book came as a thunderclap. Here was a modern writer…

Do You Have a Favorite Novelist? – New York Times

Thursday, October 12, 2017

John Green has written a new young adult novel, his first since “The Fault in Our Stars” (2012), and in some ways it is very much a John Green production. It features a small cast of tenderhearted, manically articulate teenagers. (Green does Aaron Sorkin better than Aaron Sorkin does Aaron Sorkin.) They’re irrepressible nerds. (Among the festive topics they discuss: geography, astronomy, the hermeneutics of Star Wars.) As always, one…

‘It feels divine’: Auburn-based publishing house aims to fill literary publishing need – Auburn Citizen

Thursday, October 12, 2017

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Amazon finally makes a waterproof Kindle, after 10 years of Kindles … – The Verge

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Amazon has been selling Kindles for 10 years now, but “waterproof” hasn’t appear on its list of incremental technological advancements until now. The company just announced a new version of its popular e-reader that builds on last year’s Kindle design and now has an IPX8 waterproof rating. The new Kindle Oasis — the same name as last year’s premium Kindle — has jumped up in size, moving from a 6-inch…

Wisconsin extends pitch for Amazon’s 2nd headquarters beyond Milwaukee – USA TODAY

Thursday, October 12, 2017

x Embed x Share CLOSE A city in Georgia has offered Amazon an interesting branding opportunity in the race for the company’s second North American headquarters. For more on the story here is Zach Devita. Buzz60 The local pitch for Amazon.com Inc.’s second headquarters will extend beyond Milwaukee to the other sites in southeastern Wisconsin.(Photo: Associated Press) Southeastern Wisconsin’s long-shot pitch to land Amazon.com Inc.’s second headquarters will extend beyond Milwaukee…