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Dennis Johnson, Melville House Publishing

Welcome to Late Night Conversation. This week Paul speaks with Melville House publisher Dennis Johnson about US V Apple, Amazon’s vertical monopoly, Amazon’s business relationship with the U.S. government, Amazon’s grant funding strategies, and heartbreaking Amazon-induced book culture realities.

In Paul’s opening monologue, he announces that we’ve posted website links for the 50 independent publishers and 55 independent bookstores participating in our One for the Books Campaign , and Paul’s Uncle Alfonso calls upon every writer in the world to boycott Amazon.com.

Sunday, July 28th is the deadline for The First and Hopefully Last Annual Judge Denise Cote Antitrust Poetry Contest . Participants needn’t self-identify as poets, but they must write creatively! Email submissions to douglas@latenightlibrary.org 

“As we go forward we can see a glimpse of the future . . . and it’s going to be a world in which we have a government-sanctioned monopoly. I don’t have to say much for people to realize this isn’t a good thing.”

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About our guest:

Dennis Johnson is the publisher of Melville House, one of America’s leading independent publishing houses. Johnson has published, among others, Nobel Prize-winners Imre Kertesz and Heinrich Boll, Lewis Lapham, Banana Yoshimoto, Regis Debray, Yoani Sanchez, cult sensation Tao Lin, and the final books of Anna Politkovskaya and Jacques Derrida. Johnson is also the founder of the legendary MobyLives, noted by the New York Times as one of the world’s first and most beloved book blogs, as well as one of the most influential blogs in the international book industry. He is the author of the book The Big Chill: The Great, Unreported Story of the Bush Inauguration Protest, and the editor, with Valerie Merians, of the anthologies Poetry After 9/11 and What We Do Now.

 

 

Posted on: July 23, 2013 · Late Night Conversation ·

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