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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....
August 9, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Commenters on Amazon can be brutal toward books, even those they haven't read. But when faced with an author accused of committing a horrible crime, they've turned to humor. Derek Medina was arraigned on a charge of first-degree murder on Friday in Florida. On Thursday, he allegedly posted a photograph of his dead wife on Facebook and the note, “Im going to prison or death sentence for killing my wife love you guys, miss you guys takecare Facebook people you will see me in the news.” Later that day he turned himself in to police; the postings, meanwhile, went viral.
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.
October 16, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
The editors of the British website the Kernel bought a copy of the e-book "Naughty Daughter Abducted ... (taboo daddy daughter erotica)" on Amazon, and did not like what they saw. "The book is a sick rape fantasy with language and details too graphic for a family-friendly publication to reproduce," they wrote in a story about pornographic e-books being sold by the online retailer. In its heated report ("How Amazon Cashes in on Kindle Filth"), the Kernel found hundreds of e-books that include scenarios of rape, incest and "forced sex" with young girls -- findings that have led to an outcry in Britain . Here in the United States, the 1st Amendment protects some such works as free speech.
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
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.
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 10, 2008 | Randy Lewis
Harry Dean Stanton stars in a new music video for a previously unreleased Bob Dylan song, "Dreamin' of You," streaming exclusively at in anticipation of the release next month of "Tell Tale Signs: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 8." Blurring the line between commerce and art, the sepia-toned video follows Stanton at multiple stops on what appears to be a cross-country search through Dylan archival material, echoing the song's atmospheric quest for someone or something that seems just out of his reach.
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