Amazon

I’ve been carrying these links around for a while and Black Friday seems like as good a day as any for a post of all the Amazon related content that caught my eye the last couple months. What prompted this the last time was news Amazon wanted to hire 50,000 seasonal employees for the holiday season. Not mentioned in this link is the fact many of these people will be temps working under fairly awful conditions. Amazon had been rumored to be looking into same-day delivery, but can’t really figure out how to make it scale.

Also, Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos is Fortune’s Businessperson of the year.

Amazon

Best Books of the Year?

The Omnivoracious blog on Amazon compared their year end top 100 books list, with the New York Times 100 Notable Books and Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2009 to get a composite of the best books of 2009. There were 11 books that were on all 3 lists this year, plus 2 that were not on the Notable 100, but were on other NY Times lists. For what it’s worth, there were 13 last year and 11 in 2007. No women authors made the cut, only 2 novels, and 2 graphic novels.

Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli
Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon
Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead
The Age of Wonder by Richard Holmes
Born Round by Frank Bruni
Cheever by Blake Bailey
Columbine by Dave Cullen
Fordlandia by Greg Grandin
The Good Soldiers by David Finkel
The Lost City of Z by David Grann
Shop Class as Soulcraft by Matthew Crawford
Momofuku by David Chang and Peter Meehan (not in NYT’s 100 Notable, but in their best cookbooks list)
The Jazz Loft Project by Sam Stephenson (not in NYT’s 100 Notable, but in their Gift Books list)

Best Books of the Year?