Amazon Chronicles

Tim Carmody
A weekly (for now) round-up of news about Amazon and the industries in its shadow.
Created 24 Jan 2019
  • A new Amazon Chronicles post!
    13 Apr 2022 4 1
    Dear Amazon Chronicles Members, Some of you have read (or have in your inboxes right now), the first Amazon Chronicles newsletter entry since December. That’s right, I am back at the steering wheel, w...
  • Amazon Chronicles on Hiatus
    08 Dec 2021 6 0
    Dear Readers, I wanted to let you know that I’m putting Amazon Chronicles on indefinite hiatus. Paid subscribers should have billing paused as of Wednesday, December 8th. Free readers will have to suf...
  • What Is Amazon Spending Money On?
    04 Nov 2021 3 0
    Amazon’s latest quarterly earnings report was its most dour in some time: the company missed Wall Street expectations and was accordingly conservative in its guidance for the usually blockbuster holid...
  • Amazon’s Push and Pull With Its Marketplace
    28 Oct 2021 2 0
    One way to read a good chunk of the last week or so of news stories about Amazon is as a complex push and pull between Amazon and the third-party sellers that make up its marketplace. On the one hand,...
  • Working Backwards: Dave Limp on Amazon’s Six Page Memo
    12 Oct 2021 8 0
    At The Verge, my old colleague/boss Nilay Patel has a new Decoder interview with Dave Limp, SVP of the devices group at Amazon. It’s available as a podcast or lovingly transcribed, and is well worth l...
  • So Many Cameras, in Search of a Vision
    29 Sep 2021 4 0
    Image of Astro Robot by Amazon Maybe we’re just fools, but one reason why tech PR events announcing a new set of products and services have caught on as quasi-pop culture is that they offer a chance t...
  • State Lawmakers Want Public and Workers to Know What Amazon’s Up To
    23 Sep 2021 1 0
    A California law signed by Governor Gavin Newsom on Wednesday aims to regulate and make more transparent warehouses run by Amazon and other employers. Here is Suhauna Hussain’s summary in the Los Ange...
  • What Could E-Bookstores Be Like?
    14 Sep 2021 6 0
    Images via Amazon and Techcrunch A small news story slid in over the weekend, but I think it’s noteworthy enough to take a second look. It’s an interview with’s Andy Hunter by Techcrunch’...
  • Alec MacGillis on Amazon and the Evolution of Work, Part 2
    09 Sep 2021 1 0
    (This is the second part of an interview I did with reporter Alec MacGillis, author of the book Fulfillment, in the spring about Amazon and the evolution of mostly blue-collar work across the United S...
  • Alec MacGillis on Amazon and the Evolution of Work
    01 Sep 2021 2 0
    Back in the spring, I interviewed Alec MacGillis, author of Fulfillment: Winning and Losing in One-Click America. This was while union elections were taking place at an Amazon fulfillment center in Be...
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