Amazon Chronicles

Tim Carmody
A weekly (for now) round-up of news about Amazon and the industries in its shadow.
Created 24 Jan 2019
  • Working Backwards: Dave Limp on Amazon’s Six Page Memo
    12 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 4 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 • 5 min read • 3 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 min read • 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 • 4 min read • 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 • 10 min read • 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 • 5 min read • 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...
  • A Glimpse of the City
    27 Aug 2021 • 4 min read • 3 0
    This will be (I hope) a brief coda to my earlier post, “Tolkien and Amazon’s Fight for a Franchise.” In that post, I claim that J.R.R. Tolkien’s First Age stories, collected in The Silmarillion, The C...
  • Tolkien and Amazon’s Fight for a Franchise
    24 Aug 2021 • 7 min read • 6 0
    Image via Amazon Studios Amazon is spending a huge amount of money on its new multi-season television series set in J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy universe: an estimated 250 million USD for the rights and 4...
  • Moderating Amazon Web Services
    22 Jul 2021 • < 1 min read • 4 0
    I’m trying something a little different here: a forum-style post where I pose a question or problem, usually after describing it at some length, and ask for your comments and feedback. To be honest, I...
  • Who Is Blue Origin For?
    20 Jul 2021 • 3 min read • 5 0
    It’s a tricky thing when you’re writing and reporting a newsletter about Amazon, perhaps especially when you’re writing about Amazon in a very broad sense as both a company and a cultural phenomenon, ...
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