Debate: Is Amazon The Reader's Friend?

Jan 22, 2015

Amazon owns 41 percent of all book sales and 67 percent of all e-book sales mainly because it offers lower prices. But the e-commerce company came under fire in late 2014 when Amazon and the publishing house Hachette faced off over who should set the price for e-books. The debate raises questions about Amazon's growing place in the market, the changing role of publishers and the value of books in our society.

Every year, JumpStart offers millions of children around the world an opportunity to engage with college students for a day of fun-filled reading. Read for the Record has been a yearly event with the hopes of having every student start kindergarten prepared to succeed. Senior site manager for JumpStart Columbia Chrissie Bennett says the purpose of the Read for the Record event is to give a literary boost to kids who may be at an economic disadvantage.