Amazon has a tendency to polarize people. On one hand, there is the ruthless, relentless, ferociously efficient company that’s building the Sears Roebuck of the 21st Century. But on the other, there is the fact that almost 20 years after it was launched, it has yet to report a meaningful profit. This chart captures the contradiction pretty well – massive revenue growth, no profits, or so it would seem. But actually, neither of these lines gives you a good sense of what’s really going on.

The rapid rises of digital publishers can often hide warning signs of other fundamental problems. ~ eP

ccording to a report from The New York Times, more than 1,000 writers from Germany, Austria and Switzerland, supported by several hundred artists and readers, have signed an open letter to the online retailer, Inc. which attacks its trustworthiness and accuses it of manipulating its recommendation lists and lying to customers about the availability of books published by the Swedish-based publisher Bonnier group and the authors who are published under its name. 



"A forthcoming paper by researchers in France and Norway suggests that there may be some cognitive drawbacks to reading even short works of literature on a screen… ."

An interesting study on comprehension and ereaders. The difficultly isn’t quite what you’d expect, but after I thought about my own ereading experience, it started to make sense. Thoughts?