The World Looks at America

In the days after the 2001 terrorist attacks, people across the United States asked, “Why do they hate us?” President George W. Bush responded with characteristic certainty, “They hate our freedoms, our freedom of religion, our freedom of speech, our freedom to vote and assemble and disagree with each other.” Here at Berkshire Publishing, where we

By |2015-09-11T09:29:23-05:00September 11th, 2015|Karen's Letter|4 Comments

Antitrust investigation of Amazon called for

Amazon just celebrated its 20th birthday with something called Prime Day. The Authors Guild simultaneously announced a call for a Department of Justice investigation of the company. You may remember my letter last August, “Amazon update: when will the Justice Department step in?” I wrote: “I suspect that Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, is alert to the

By |2015-07-17T10:58:05-05:00July 17th, 2015|Karen's Letter|0 Comments

Karen’s Letter: A 97th Birthday Party

We celebrated Bill (William H.) McNeill's 97th birthday a couple of weeks ago, in the Connecticut house where he has lived full-time since retiring from the University of Chicago. This year's party was a last hurrah, a bon voyage, because the following day he moved to an apartment in a senior living complex. Bill took the change more easily

By |2014-11-20T14:01:32-05:00November 20th, 2014|Karen's Letter|1 Comment

Amazon update: when will the Justice Department step in?

A lot has happened since I wrote about how Amazon has pressured Berkshire Publishing (“How Amazon.com is hurting readers, authors, and publishers” –  4 June 2014). There have been accusations, petitions, and even a network TV documentary. I received many thoughtful emails and was interviewed on BBC TV Newsnight and by the New York Times (“Amazon,

By |2014-08-21T11:29:01-05:00August 21st, 2014|Karen's Letter|2 Comments

@BerkshirePubGroup @BIBF

The Beijing International Book Fair takes place at the end of August, and Berkshire Publishing will be represented by Tom Christensen, speaking at the International Digital Publishing Forum Conference on the 29th. Tom has been our “China guy” since he was a teenager. This photo shows him teaching at Langzhou University in western China in 2009,

By |2014-08-21T10:59:51-05:00August 21st, 2014|Karen's Letter|0 Comments

Train Campaign success!

I’ve written before about the Train Campaign, an effort that began in 2011 after author David Christian and I took the existing train line from New York to visit Berkshire Publishing in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. We received stunning news in July: the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Board of Directors had authorized an investment of almost

By |2014-08-21T11:01:54-05:00August 21st, 2014|Berkshire Blog, Karen's Letter|0 Comments

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