Inside an Amazon Warehouse, National Novel Writing Month, and More

Evan Smith Rakoff

Every day Poets & Writers Magazine scans the headlines—from publishing reports to academic announcements to literary dispatches—for all the news that creative writers need to know. Here are today’s stories:

“To work at Amazon is to spend your days at the coalface of consumerism. To witness our lust for stuff.” Investigative journalist Carole Cadwalladr lands a temporary job in an Amazon warehouse and reports on the retail giant’s challenging work environment. (Guardian)

Meanwhile, Amazon announced yesterday its second annual 12 Days of Deals, which lists select print and e-books at a steep discount. (Yahoo! Finance)

Oyster Books, the Netflix-like e-book service, is offering gift subscriptions for the holidays. (GalleyCat)

In our nation’s capital, Busboys & Poets—a business launched in 2005 that is a bookstore, restaurant, and performance space—will soon open a sixth location. (Shelf Awareness)

In the Harvard Business Review, Sarah Green suggests that with the average American looking at more content than ever before, the publishing industry is actually thriving. However, Green concedes, “As in many rapidly changing industries, the right business moves are not obvious.”

Carolyn Kellogg reports that over forty thousand participating writers completed novel-length manuscripts for this year’s National Novel Writing Month. (Los Angeles Times)

Did you know that Ray Bradbury was a descendant of one of the people sentenced to be executed during the Salem Witch Trials of 1692? Oliver Tearle offers this and other interesting literary tidbits at the Huffington Post.