“Amazon is a global superstore, like Walmart. It’s also a hardware manufacturer, like Apple, and a utility, like Con Edison, and a video distributor, like Netflix, and a book publisher, like Random House, and a production studio, like Paramount, and a literary magazine, like The Paris Review, and a grocery deliverer, like FreshDirect, and someday it might be a package service, like U.P.S.” But it all started with selling books and Amazon has completely altered that marketplace. The New Yorker’s George Packer provides a brief and interesting history of Amazon and wonders: Is Amazon bad for books?