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The Truth about Amazon and Job Creation
by ILSR, July 29, 2013

Amazon Facts

Amazon: How a Single Company Gained a Stranglehold over Online Shopping and the Future of Retail (Infographic)
by ILSR, Jun. 5, 2012

Book Industry

As Competition Wanes, Amazon Cuts Back Discounts
David Streitfeld, New York Times, July 4, 2013

Justice Department Abets Amazon’s E-Book Monopoly
by Stacy Mitchell, ILSR, June 20, 2012

The Amazon Effect
by Steve Wasserman, The Nation, May 29, 2012 Trying to Wring Deep Discounts from Publishers
by Amy Martinez, Seattle Times, Apr. 1, 2012

Publishing’s Ecosystem on the Brink: The Backstory
Authors Guild, Jan. 31, 2012

Why Publishers, Not Amazon, Should Set Book Prices
by Stacy Mitchell, ILSR, Jun. 23, 2011

Local Economies

Amazon Unpacked
by Sarah O’Connor, Financial Times, Feb. 8 , 2013

Tax Advantages

Amazon’s (Not So Secret) War on Taxes (subscription required)
by Peter Elkind with Doris Burke, Fortune, June 10, 2013

After 20 Years, Congress May Finally Pass Internet Sales Tax. Is it Too Late?
by Stacy Mitchell, ILSR, May 13, 2013

States Fight Back Against’s Tax Deals
by Jim Brunner, Seattle Times, April 2, 2012

Amazon’s Billion-Dollar Tax Shield
by Tom Bergin, Reuters, Dec. 6, 2012

Third-Party Sellers

Amazon Sellers Complain of Tied-Up Payments, Account Shutdowns
by Amy Martinez, Seattle Times, Nov. 17, 2012

From Warehouse to Powerhouse
by Barney Jopson, Financial Times, July 8, 2012

Competing With Amazon on Amazon
by Greg Bensinger, Wall Street Journal, Jun. 27, 2012

Warehouse Workers

Amazon Warehouse Jobs Push Workers to Physical Limit
by Hal Bernton and Susan Kelleher, Seattle Times, April 3, 2012

I Was a Warehouse Wage Slave
by Mac McClelland, Mother Jones, March/April 2012

Inside Amazon’s Warehouse
by Spencer Soper, Allentown Morning Call, Sept. 18, 2011

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About Stacy Mitchell

Stacy Mitchell is co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, and directs its Community-Scaled Economy Initiative, which produces research and analysis, and partners with a range of allies to design and implement policies that curb economic consolidation and strengthen community-rooted enterprise.  She is the author of Big-Box Swindle and also produces a popular monthly newsletter, the Hometown Advantage Bulletin.  Connect with her on twitter and catch her TEDx Talk: Why We Can’t Shop Our Way to a Better Economy. More

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