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James Patterson wants Amazon to do more to promote reading
November 20, 2014 | 7:16 am

Salon Magazine has an interview with bestselling author and literary franchise James Patterson that is refreshingly free of the anti-Amazon rhetoric that has characterized both institutions of late. At least they’re not currently trashing Amazon for what it’s doing. They’re complaining about what Amazon ought to be doing but isn’t. And I can’t say that I necessarily disagree. Patterson is planning to launch a new public awareness campaign to encourage reading, following on the heels of his $1 million in grants to bookstores. The campaign will include a TV ad featuring a public book-burning (a bit of a cliché,...

In dismissing Amazon’s Orwell quotation, Laura Miller misinterprets Orwell herself
August 26, 2014 | 9:15 pm

There she goes again. Salon’s Laura Miller has penned the latest in a series of tirades against Amazon, this one summing up the squabble thus far and taking issue with Amazon’s quotation of Orwell’s discussion of paperbacks in its “Readers United” letter explaining that lower prices were good for everyone. We’ve already discussed Miller’s biases in some of the links above, but the most interesting thing has to do with her understanding (or lack thereof) of the Orwell quotation. Miller writes: To top it all off this month, the retailer posted an open...

Authors lost the book war long before Amazon vs. Hachette
June 19, 2014 | 12:28 pm

publishersI meant to cover this piece from The Weeklings when it popped up on The Passive Voice the other day. To my surprise, it’s reprinted on the normally rabid pro-publisher/anti-Amazon Salon Magazine this morning, so I guess I have no excuse now. In this article, J.E. Fishman traces authorial woes all the way back to the 1930s when Penguin began to flood the market with cheap paperbacks. This kicked off a paperback revolution among US publishers. Through all of this disruption no one asked authors what they thought. When it came to business, authors were...

Salon’s Laura Miller: Self-published authors should side with Hachette
June 18, 2014 | 8:08 am

And there goes Salon again with another ridiculous Amazon hit piece, this time with Laura Miller (she who’s Sworn Off Amazon And She Really Means It This Time) proclaiming that, if they know what’s good for them, self-published authors really should be cheering for Hachette rather than Amazon—because as long as the big publishers keep their prices high, it means more people are more likely to buy their cheaper, shoddier works. Well, okay, she doesn’t outright call them “shoddier,” but she suggests that editors-for-hire, for those writers who do hire them, aren’t likely to be as tough on a manuscript...

The Nine Billion Names of Bezos
June 12, 2014 | 2:45 am

Remember how I pointed out Salon’s Amazon hit pieces were getting sillier and sillier, and the next one would be on the order of “Amazon’s Mama Dresses It Funny”? Well, Salon’s just posted a piece on all the different epithets (positive and negative) the media has conferred on Jeff Bezos over the years. Some of them are pretty amusing, I’ll grant, but still—I was just kidding, guys, you didn’t have to take me seriously....

Salon Magazine to Amazon: ‘Your mama dresses you funny!’
May 30, 2014 | 4:46 pm

Well, all right, that’s not a literal quote, but it might as well be. Salon has never made any pretense of its anti-Amazon leanings (as we saw recently with Laura Miller’s piece claiming she was swearing off Amazon), but lately it seems to have gone a little round the bend. Over the last couple of days, it’s started coming up with whatever Amazon hit pieces it possibly could. I’m talking serious scraping of the bottom of the barrel here. For starters we have this article by Neil Drumming. He went back to various literary nonprofits Salon had profiled a...

Salon’s Laura Miller swears off Amazon: Not many dead
May 23, 2014 | 12:44 pm

compete with amazonSalon has been the venue for plenty of gratuitous Amazon-bashing in the past. And the latest contribution is from senior Salon writer Laura Miller, who headlines her piece "Goodbye, Amazon: We’re through!" and adds, "I quit Amazon because of its monopolistic tactics. Is it impossible for book publishers to do the same?" "I used to be an Amazon Prime member myself," she admits, but continues, "I stopped buying any books, print or digital, from the company. What I knew of the predatory, proto-monopolistic practices of Amazon caused concern. I believe no single corporation should have as much control over the book...

Indie bookstores doing fine: Now stop demonizing Amazon?
April 10, 2014 | 10:31 am

amazonSalon, rarely the most Amazon-friendly of venues, has just run another story on the state of the indie bookstore sector in the U.S., and found surprisingly positive trends. And naturally, being Salon, it saw fit to headline the report with a hit at Amazon like: "The independent bookstore lives! Why Amazon’s conquest will never be complete." In the article, Andrew Leonard picks up on the same kind of data that I instanced previously on the relative fortunes of indie bookstores and major book chains (Borders in particular, of course) in the era of digital disruption. "Brick-and-mortar bookstores aren’t dead, yet," he...

Novelist claims Amazon search result tied to publisher bribes
March 4, 2014 | 3:34 pm

Clark_Sweetness9Salon Magazine has never made any secret that it leans strongly against Amazon, and it’s found yet another silly reason to pile onto the bandwagon with this complaint from novelist Stephan Eirik Clark. Because Amazon’s search algorithms are “for sale,” he concludes, Amazon “buried my novel.” For a while. Until it didn’t. Clark has a novel called Sweetness #9 scheduled to release in August. But when he went searching for it on Amazon a few weeks ago, he didn’t find it in the results. But then he read George Packer’s article in the New Yorker about Amazon, and an...

Self-promotion tip of the day: Bitch up Amazon on Salon
March 4, 2014 | 2:38 pm

Yes, why throw money at Author Solutions packages? Even when "I have a major publisher and a buzzed-about debut," I can maybe do with a little extra push, eh? Even if I is Stephan Eirik Clark, whose novel "Sweetness #9" will be published by Little, Brown in August. All I have to do is go to those nice people at Salon and pen a little piece protesting that "Amazon buried my novel: Those search algorithms are for sale," and they'll even pay me for it. I mean, some writers these days get asked to write for free or to pay...

It’s Amazon’s world, we just live in it
July 19, 2013 | 8:37 pm

Discovered another pair of posts with interesting, almost complementary things to say today about Amazon, from opposite sides of the fence. It’s interesting and instructive to look at them both together. If Barnes & Noble fails, so will Amazon Is that the heady aroma of sour grapes I catch wafting over from Salon Magazine? Salon hasn’t made any attempts to hide its pro-publisher tilt lately. The last major story about Amazon I saw out of them was a marvelously revisionist little piece claiming to be “Everything you need to know about the great e-book price war” and...

Paper books vs. e-books and the clash of bookstore cultures
June 30, 2013 | 5:43 pm

Salon Magazine’s culture editor Anna North recently posted an article about how much she “hates books.” Not the collections of words—she loves reading—but the physical artifacts that have the words in them. She’s moved seven times in eight years, and has gotten tired of hauling dead tree pulp around. She’s come to love her iPad, and the ability to read e-books on it, The books she keeps, she keeps because they hold important memories and associations for her, but most new books she buys digitally. There’s not a whole lot new in this, of course. Accounts of people joyfully...

Salon Magazine still alive and kicking
July 25, 2012 | 7:57 pm

Digiday has a brief piece on beleaguered online magazine Salon. I remember the days, a dozen years or so ago, when Salon was the face of the future of online news media. It had many fascinating feature articles. It was where I first learned about the Palm Pilot, and began my ever-since love affair with e-books and e-reading which ended up bringing me here. I still remember the big to-do around 1998 when Salon broke the story of an affair House Judiciary Committee Henry Hyde with a married woman in the 1960s, as Salon founder/editor David Talbot wanted...

Implications of the paperback revolution for the e-book age
January 27, 2012 | 2:45 pm

electricSalon Magazine has republished an Imprint review of a book about two men who revolutionized the paperback publishing age back in the 1960s. The Electric Information Age Book is about publisher Jerome Agel and designer Quentin Fiore’s bold experiment in making paperback books that were more than just flimsy versions of hardcovers. Agel aimed to produce paperback books that best represented and conveyed the media realities of the era. The radical use of text, typography and illustrations challenged the traditional expectations of how the pages of a book could be presented to readers. The opportunity that...

The real reason e-readers must be put away on takeoff
December 13, 2011 | 6:15 pm

Responding to the incident in which Alec Baldwin was kicked off his flight for refusing to shut down his cell phone, Salon.com’s pilot columnist Patrick Smith has written a column about the question of interference from electronic devices—including e-readers—on takeoff. Much of it is about what you would expect—while it hasn’t been proven that cellphones are a flight danger, airlines choose to err on the side of caution. But I did find interesting the part that specifically addresses e-readers: As for the restrictions pertaining to computers, iPods and certain other devices during takeoffs and landings, this...

Salon Magazine sale falls through
February 28, 2011 | 11:38 pm

Back in November, I mentioned that Salon Magazine was seeking a buy-out or merger. The magazine was subsequently involved in talks with Michael Wolff of Newser.com, but the New York Times’s DealBook section reports that the talks have collapsed in the wake of the Huffington Post sale. Apparently the high $315 million selling price of the Post caused Salon’s board members to wonder whether they were pricing the magazine too low. Salon Magazine was one of the first magazines to recognize the potential of e-reading, strongly influencing me to take my first step into e-reading technology with the purchase...

Salon Magazine seeks buyer or merger
November 30, 2010 | 7:15 am

salon_comThe Wall Street Journal reports that Salon Magazine, one of the oldest and best-known Internet-only newsmagazines, is considering putting itself up for sale. Over its 15-year history, the magazine has tried just about every method possible of finding profitability—paywalls, advertising, subscription plans,, editorial decisions, and more. It has managed to survive this long, but apparently it is nearing the end of its rope. Like Newsweek, it is seeking a merger, new owner, or other means to survive. This revelation highlights some of the problems that newsmedia have making money on the Internet. The problem doesn’t just strike newspapers and...

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