May 25, 2022

Listen Online: “Is Amazon The Reader’s Friend?” Debated on NPR

From National Public Radio:

Before the debate at the Kaufman Music Center in New York, 41 percent of the audience voted in favor of the motion and 28 percent voted against, with 31 percent undecided. After the debate, 42 percent favored the motion, and 50 percent disagreed, making the side arguing against the motion “Amazon Is The Reader’s Friend” the winner of this debate.

For the Motion

  • Joe Konrathm Author
  • Matthew Yglesias, executive editor of

Against the Motion

  • Franklin Foer is the former editor of The New Republic
  • Scott Turow, Author, Former President of The Authors’ Guild

NOTE: The NPR web page provides bios of the debaters and TWO versions of the debate and text transcript.

  • At the top of the page is the broadcast version of the debate and text transcript. It runs 50 minutes.
  • Near the middle of the page is audio and transcript of the “full debate.” It runs 97 minutes.


About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.