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Resist Amazon

To coincide with the release of Danny Caine's phenomenal How to Resist Amazon and Why, we outfitted the Orange Room with some of our favorite books about what Big Tech is building, the ramifications on our lives, and what shopping independent saves (like quirky local bookstores).

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How to Resist Amazon and Why

The Fight for Local Economics, Data Privacy, Fair Labor, Independent Bookstores, and a People-Powered Future!

By Danny Caine
Narrated by: Danny Caine
Length: 3 hours 39 minutes

When a company's workers are literally dying on the job, and its business model relies on preying on local businesses and even their own companies, and its CEO is the richest person in the world while its workers make minimum wage with impossible quotas...wouldn't you want to resist? Danny Caine, owner of Raven Book Store in Lawrence, Kansas,... Read more »

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Fulfillment

Winning and Losing in One-Click America

By Alec MacGillis & Stefan Alexander MacGillis
Narrated by: Danny Gavigan
Length: 12 hours 21 minutes

An award-winning journalist investigates Amazon’s impact on the wealth and poverty of towns and cities across the United States.

In 1937, the famed writer and activist Upton Sinclair published a novel bearing the subtitle A Story of Ford-America. He blasted the callousness of a company worth “a billion dollars” that underpaid its workers while... Read more »

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Beaten Down, Worked Up

The Past, Present, and Future of American Labor

By Steven Greenhouse
Narrated by: Fred Sanders
Length: 15 hours 34 minutes

“A page-turning book that spans a century of worker strikes.... Engrossing, character-driven, panoramic.” —Zephyr Teachout, The New York Times Book Review

We live in an era of soaring corporate profits and anemic wage gains, one in which low-paid jobs and blighted blue-collar communities have become a common feature of our nation’s landscape.... Read more »

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The System

Who Rigged It, How We Fix It

By Robert B. Reich
Narrated by: Robert B. Reich
Length: 6 hours 7 minutes

From the bestselling author of Saving Capitalism and The Common Good, comes an urgent analysis of how the "rigged" systems of American politics and power operate, how this status quo came to be, and how average citizens can enact change.

There is a mounting sense that our political-economic system is no longer working, but what is the core... Read more »

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On the Clock

What Low-Wage Work Did to Me and How It Drives America Insane

By Emily Guendelsberger
Narrated by: Christine Lakin
Length: 12 hours 6 minutes

"Nickel and Dimed for the Amazon age," (Salon) the bitingly funny, eye-opening story of finding work in the automated and time-starved world of hourly low-wage labor
After the local newspaper where she worked as a reporter closed, Emily Guendelsberger took a pre-Christmas job at an Amazon fulfillment center outside Louisville, Kentucky. There,... Read more »

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Don't Be Evil

How Big Tech Betrayed Its Founding Principles -- and All of Us

By Rana Foroohar
Narrated by: Rachel Fulginiti
Length: 11 hours 58 minutes

A penetrating indictment of how today’s largest tech companies are hijacking our data, our livelihoods, our social fabric, and our minds—from an acclaimed Financial Times columnist and CNN analyst 
 
WINNER OF THE PORCHLIGHT BUSINESS BOOK AWARD • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND EVENING STANDARD

“Don’t be evil” was... Read more »

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The Warehouse

A Novel

By Rob Hart
Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller, Jason Culp & Karissa Vacker
Length: 13 hours 8 minutes

The Warehouse

“This is one of those way-too-close-to-reality-for-comfort books. In a very near future, local economies have been all but obliterated by Cloud, a company that you'll recognize as bearing a striking resemblance to a contemporary online mega-retailer. Jobs at this company are highly sought after. Employees live where they work, in MotherCloud communities, where they are subject to low wages, sub-par living conditions, and the often misguided social theories of the company's folksy, faux-everyman founder. But the company has secrets that will bring it down from the inside, with the help of two very different employees. It's up to all of us to keep this vision of the future from coming to pass. If you buy just one audiobook from an independent bookstore this year, make it this one.”

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Move Fast and Break Things

How Facebook, Google, and Amazon Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy

By Jonathan Taplin
Narrated by: Jonathan Taplin
Length: 8 hours 23 minutes

Move Fast and Break Things

“With the fallout from Cambridge Analytica still fresh in our minds, and the sense that our collective slide into tech dystopia is moving apace, Move Fast and Break Things — which is out now in paperback — provides an excellent primer on how we got to where we are, and why it didn’t have to be this way. Come for the power-hungry data collectors lobbying for lax regulation, stay for the Silicon Valley bigwigs saying things like, “I no longer believe that freedom and democracy are compatible.” This book connects a lot of important dots, and despite the urgency of its subject matter is a surprisingly enjoyable read.”

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Social Purpose Annual Report

Social Purpose Annual Report

As we look to the future as a Social Purpose Corporation, we’re committed to serving readers and independent bookstores. Read our 2020 Annual Report to see an overview of the year.

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Qualityland

By Marc-Uwe Kling
Length: 10 hours 42 minutes

In the near future sci-fi world of Qualityland, algorithms help create an idyllic life for its citizens, but what if the perfect world wasn't built for you?
Welcome to QualityLand, the best country on Earth. Here, a universal ranking system determines the social advantages and career opportunities of every member of society. An automated... Read more »

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Goliath

The 100-Year War Between Monopoly Power and Democracy

By Matt Stoller
Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
Length: 20 hours 17 minutes

“Every thinking American must read” (The Washington Book Review) this startling and “insightful” (The New York Times) look at how concentrated financial power and consumerism has transformed American politics, and business.

Going back to our country’s founding, Americans once had a coherent and clear understanding of political tyranny, one... Read more »

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Break 'Em Up

Recovering Our Freedom from Big Ag, Big Tech, and Big Money

By Zephyr Teachout & Bernie Sanders
Narrated by: Zephyr Teachout & Matt Godfrey
Length: 9 hours 41 minutes

"[We need] a grassroots, bottom-up movement that understands the challenge in front of us, and then organizes against monopoly power in communities across this country. This book is a blueprint for that organizing. In these pages, you will learn how monopolies and oligopolies have taken over almost every aspect of American life, and you will... Read more »

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The Radium Girls

The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women

By Kate Moore
Narrated by: Angela Brazil
Length: 15 hours 52 minutes

1917. As a war raged across the world, young American women flocked to work, painting watches, clocks and military dials with a special luminous substance made from radium. It was a fun job, lucrative and glamorous—the girls themselves shone brightly in the dark, covered head to toe in the dust from the paint. They were the radium girls. As the... Read more »

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Winners Take All

The Elite Charade of Changing the World

By Anand Giridharadas
Narrated by: Anand Giridharadas
Length: 9 hours 36 minutes

The New York Times bestselling, groundbreaking investigation of how the global elite's efforts to "change the world" preserve the status quo and obscure their role in causing the problems they later seek to solve. An essential read for understanding some of the egregious abuses of power that dominate today’s news.

Former New York Times columnist... Read more »

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The Four

The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google

By Scott Galloway
Narrated by: Jonathan Todd Ross
Length: 8 hours 31 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
USA TODAY 
BESTSELLER


Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google are the four most influential companies on the planet. Just about everyone thinks they know how they got there. Just about everyone is wrong. 

For all that’s been written about the Four over the last two decades, no one has captured their power and staggering... Read more »

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The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power

By Shoshana Zuboff
Narrated by: Nicol Zanzarella
Length: 24 hours 16 minutes

The challenges to humanity posed by the digital future, the first detailed examination of the unprecedented form of power called "surveillance capitalism," and the quest by powerful corporations to predict and control our behavior.

In this masterwork of original thinking and research, Shoshana Zuboff provides startling insights into the... Read more »

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A Collective Bargain

Unions, Organizing, and the Fight for Democracy

By Jane McAlevey
Narrated by: Jane McAlevey
Length: 9 hours 21 minutes

From longtime labor organizer Jane McAlevey, a vital call-to-arms in favor of unions, a key force capable of defending our democracy.

For decades, racism, corporate greed, and a skewed political system have been eating away at the social and political fabric of the United States. Yet as McAlevey reminds us, there is one weapon whose effectiveness... Read more »

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The Testaments

The Sequel to The Handmaid's Tale

By Margaret Atwood
Narrated by: Ann Dowd, Bryce Dallas Howard, Mae Whitman, Derek Jacobi, Tantoo Cardinal & Margaret Atwood
Length: 13 hours 17 minutes

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE

The Testaments is a modern masterpiece, a powerful novel that can be read on its own or as a companion to Margaret Atwood’s classic, The Handmaid’s Tale.


More than fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid's Tale, the theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead maintains its grip on... Read more »

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The Sum of Us

What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together

By Heather McGhee
Narrated by: Heather McGhee
Length: 11 hours 8 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • One of today’s most insightful and influential thinkers offers a powerful exploration of inequality and the lesson that generations of Americans have failed to learn: Racism has a cost for everyone—not just for people of color.
 
“This is the book I’ve been waiting for.”—Ibram X. Kendi, #1 New York Times bestselling... Read more »

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