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Amazon founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos: Twenty years ago, he started the tech giant in his basement.  Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

It’s hard to imagine a time when buying online was not only possible but a perfectly acceptable way of shopping. These days, it’s commonplace to downl(...)

Hachette will set consumer prices of its e-books, and benefit from “better terms” Photograph: AFP

Amazon. com and Hachette Book Group have resolved their dispute over the sale of print and digital books with a multi-year agreement in the US, endi(...)

Amazon overwhelmingly dominates online book sales, with a market share comparable to Standard Oil’s share of the refined oil market  in 1911. Photograph:  Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Amazon. com, the giant online retailer, has too much power, and it uses that power in ways that hurt America. Okay, I know that was kind of abrupt. Bu(...)

Not yet Unlimited: Steve Kessel of  Amazon with a Kindle in 2009. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The battle for the future of the written word entered a new phase this week with the launch here of Kindle Unlimited, an ebook subscription service to(...)

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos: ‘Can you improve upon something as highly evolved and well-suited to its task as the book? And if so, how?’ Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty

In a garage outside Seattle 20 years ago this summer a one-time Wall Street trader called Jeff Bezos made a decision that would change the retail w(...)

Slow lane: Amazon has delayed delivery of Hachette titles from its warehouses while it puts pressure on the publisher to change its terms. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

When Waterstones opened its first US store, in 1991, the historian Robert Massie told a packed Boston audience at one of our first events: “You do rea(...)

The Amazon warehouse in Peterborough, England. ‘Music and print media are among the industries most fundamentally changed by digitisation. When Amazon likens the change to the arrival of the paperback, it makes a grave underestimation – the invention of printing is a better analogy.’ Photograph: Reuters/Phil Noble

A group of leading authors, including Donna Tartt, Stephen King and Malcolm Gladwell, has attempted to intervene in the dispute between publisher H(...)

Unavailable: Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans in Marvel’s ‘Captain America: the Winter Soldier’. Photograph: Zade Rosenthal

Shoppers on Amazon are unable to pre-order physical copies of some upcoming Disney films, as the entertainment company appears to have joined the g(...)

Amazon has been waging a battle against Hachette, the fourth-largest US book publisher, over the price the online retailer can charge for e-books. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Amazon. com has halted pre-orders of some Disney movies, the Wall Street Journal reported, in what appears to be another contract dispute after the on(...)

Harper Lee: after years of resistance from her, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ was published for Kindle by HarperCollins last month. Photograph:  Chip Somodevilla/Getty

‘Don’t tell me there is no romance in buying ebooks,” Margaret Drabble recently wrote in an article in praise of the digital platform. “What could (...)

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