Obama, Amazon and Booksellers – All Wrong

shutterstock_99762050Booksellers are up in arms that President Barack Obama gave a jobs speech at an Amazon warehouse in Tennessee. They accuse Amazon of actually killing jobs, not creating them, despite the company’s hiring record.
 
The administration has defended itself, calling Amazon a job creator and touting that the company announced 5,000 new jobs it would hire for starting this week.
 
They’re both wrong.
 
Companies like Amazon (big companies, that is) don’t generally create jobs. And, despite popular acceptance of this theory, it’s not small businesses like your local indie that’s been around for years.
 
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The rest of the day’s top news:
 
Amazon Bashing: Worth It? (Pub Perspectives)
Some people in publishing love to hate Amazon and are fairly vocal about it. It’s a waste of time, says the ubiquitous author of the Ether.
 
Obama to Become Second Kindle Single Interview (USA Today)
A Kindle Single of an interview with President Obama will be released today. The interview was conducted following his jobs speech and is the second such title to come out in the new Amazon series.
 
Publishing Infrastructure: The Key to Unlocking Value? (DBW)
Publishing isn’t getting any easier as a business. That said, publishing houses can do a lot to reduce costs and increase the quality and quantity of their output by making the right decisions when it comes to publishing IT infrastructure.
 
Three Reasons Educational Publishing Is Booming (DBW)
Falling tech prices, the common core and the democratization of publishing are all contributing to a renaissance in educational publishing.
 
Governments Back Librarians, a Trend (The Digital Reader)
It’s small at this point but all trends have to start somewhere: Local governments are voting for librarians. Specifically, two east coast governments have taken up causes to help libraries get cheaper access to ebooks.
 
Peru Falls Behind (Good E Reader)
When it comes to ebook adoption, two things need to happen: Publishers need to publish ebooks and readers need to buy them. In Peru, publishers only published 250 ebooks last year, far below what other countries in the region have done.
 
Amazon Updates Kindle iOS App (Apple Insider)
Now Kindle for iOS readers can preview books and read free samples before buying all through the app, among other new features.
 
Vancouver No. 1 Well-Read City in Canada (Vancouver Sun)
According to new data from Amazon, Vancouver, Canada’s second-largest city, is the most well-read city in the country. Toronto, Canada’s largest city, was No. 7. According to April data from Amazon, Alexandria, Va. is the most well-read city in the U.S.
 
Broccoli With Cheese (Forbes)
How do you get kids to eat their veggies? Some hide them in things kids like to eat. One inventive parent turned his child’s video game addiction into an engine for reading graphic novels.

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