vs. The Universe?


In The New Yorker this week, George Packer covers what sounds like a battle between serf states but is actually the heated war between Amazon, Apple and the Big 6 publishers. He gives us the low-down on Amazon’s tumultuous foray into online publishing and their monopoly on the ebook industry.

This isn’t the first time that the oligarchic online store has come under scrutiny, in 2012 Mac McClelland wrote about her brief, treacherous experience as an Amazon warehouse “picker”. Packer also highlights Amazon’s sketchy shipping practices and the super store’s all-around history.

Julie Morse lives in San Francisco and is a poetry teacher. She can be found @JulieMorse16. More from this author →