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>PW’s Rick Simonson has some uncomfortable questions for Chelsea Green, the publisher who is wrapping itself in virtue and giving Amazon first dibs on its new Obama book at the same time. Fuse #8 has been hosting a serendipitous discussion on the propensity of book blogs to link to you-know who.

I’m so old I remember when Amazon was cool.

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Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.



  1. >If you took that last sentence you wrote and put it on a t-shirt you could easily retire to Barbados on the incoming wealth. I’m just saying.

  2. Roger Sutton says:

    >How about you make ’em, we split the dough 50-50, and both move back to Chicago?

  3. >Well, if you live in an area without a bookstore, amazon is still vaguely cool. Powell’s is good too, of course. Seriously, it is almost an hour’s drive for me if I want to buy books somewhere other than the grocery store or walmart. Quibbles about the size and power of online book companies quickly becomes a secondary issue. Of course, if I still lived in a place with other options, I would do that.

  4. Roger Sutton says:

    >Nobody ever said Amazon wasn’t useful, and it’s very, very good at a lot of things. But back when it was a bookstore and a pioneer in e-commerce, it was a lot more fun. It also used to be faster–more books were available more quickly. Now it’s kind of like going to the CVS–indispensable but utilitarian, and so crowded with goods and encumbered with reviews, discussions, you’ll-also-like, communities, Amazon marketplace, etc., that shopping there is more work than pleasure.

  5. Anonymous says:

    >CVS! (Shudder) At least Amazon doesn’t make you listen to crap music while you shop there. Though that’s probably in beta somewhere.

  6. >I do remember those early days fondly. In the city I used to live in (one with many independent bookstores), people referred to amazon as evil. Most of these people had never lived in a small town.

    I’m actually pretty good at blocking out the things on the site I don’t care about. And some of the customer reviews are hilarious! Of course, I study writing so there are other reasons I find the reviews interesting.

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