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September 4, 2012 | by Carolyn Kellogg
A best-selling British author has been caught red-handed slamming others' books on Amazon while praising his own under a number of pseudonyms. It was the assiduous work of Jeremy Duns, another writer, that laid out a case demonstrating that prize-winning mystery writer R.J. Ellory had been writing the "sock puppet" reviews on Amazon. Ellory has admitted to using the sock puppetry -- pseudonymous handles to post positive Amazon reviews of his own books and one-star reviews of others'.
July 17, 2011 | Michael Hiltzik
Greed, we are told by the moral philosophers, brings out the worst in human beings. As is about to prove, the same rule applies to big corporations. Last week, the giant online retailer announced that it was backing a ballot referendum to overturn a new state law mandating that it collect the sales tax due on purchases by its California customers. That law, which was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown at the end of June, was designed to eliminate the price advantage enjoyed by Amazon, and many other online retailers, over brick-and-mortar stores.
November 21, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are fast approaching, but according to one research group, consumers have crowned the retailer they think provides the best value: The online retailer has many of its brick-and-mortar competitors hustling to compete. Rivals such as Best Buy, Wal-Mart and Target have unleashed holiday initiatives such as price-matching guarantees, same-day delivery and shopping aisles synced with smartphones through QR codes . Target trailed Amazon in second place in the BrandIndex report from consumer research firm YouGov.
August 13, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
The much-publicized $1.45-million Monet listed on Amazon could soon sell, although not through the e-tailer. Claude Monet's portrait of his infant son was among the artworks listed last Tuesday when Amazon launched a new section of its site dedicated to fine art. Within a day, the portrait had garnered a lot of attention from Amazon users, who playfully commented on the million-dollar Monet like it was one of site's common household wares....
February 7, 2012 | By David Lazarus
Here's your touch-me-in-the-morning Tuesday roundup of consumer news from around the Web: --You think you pay too much in taxes? Facebook's upcoming IPO will make founder Mark Zuckerberg a billionaire, but it will also stick him with an eye-popping tax bill that could reach as high as $2 billion . The gigantic tax hit is a consequence of Zuckerberg's plan to exercise stock options worth billions. The move will significantly increase his ownership stake in the company he founded eight years ago. Zuckerberg currently owns almost 414 million shares of Facebook, but he also holds options to buy an additional 120 million shares at the bargain price of 6 cents a piece.
February 14, 2013 | Meghan Daum
Just in time for Valentine's Day, Amazon, the behemoth online retailer and knower of all habits and tastes, has released a list of America's 20 most romantic cities. It's high time. Gandhi might have said the best measure of a society is how it treats its weakest members, but we all know that's a treacly platitude. The best measure of a society is how often its members dine by candlelight, walk along the beach at sunset and give and/or receive heart-shaped Mylar balloons. And that's why Amazon's No. 1 most romantic city is - Knoxville, Tenn.
November 12, 2010
There is a world of difference between a right to speak and an obligation to publish. That distinction became an issue this week when, the world's largest online book distributor, succumbed to pressure and pulled an electronic book on pedophilia. The book is the work of one Philip R. Greaves II, a self-evidently disturbed Colorado man who catalogued various perversions and inanities in "The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure. " Greaves is entitled to his shameful views ?
June 15, 2008
I WANTED to thank Reed Johnson for his piece on Lucio Flavio Pinto ["On the Beat in the Amazon," May 18]. It was very informative on a subject near to my heart: the conflicts of native peoples against money and politics in the wilderness areas of Brazil. It's a subject as far-reaching as Brazil's geography, and Johnson summed Pinto's view of the challenge well as "Enabling humans to learn 'how to use' the Amazon 'without destroying it.' " James Traynor Oxnard
April 13, 2009 | Carolyn Kellogg
The literary community was up in arms over the weekend after discovering what was perceived to be a new policy implemented by online retailer to remove books with "adult" content from its rankings. On Saturday, author Mark R. Probst noticed that his young adult novel, "The Filly," which includes gay characters, had lost its ranking, so he made inquiries. The response he received from Amazon's customer service explained: "In consideration of our entire customer base, we exclude 'adult' material from appearing in some searches and best seller lists.
September 9, 2009 | Randy Lewis
"Money can't buy me love," the Beatles sang in 1964, and Tuesday, it couldn't buy either the stereo or mono box sets of the remastered Beatles catalog at, which reported selling out of both a day before their official release. The online retailer is, however, continuing to take orders for the individual CD reissues, according to an EMI Records representative, who said Amazon will be restocked on both box sets "soon." As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, five of Amazon's 10 bestselling music titles were Beatles albums, and 12 of its top 20 were occupied by the Fab Four.
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