Next Tuesday night the New York Public Library will be hosting a debate called Amazon: Business as Usual? It's scheduled for 7pm local time, and is going to be held in the Schwarzman Building, South Court Auditorium (42nd Street at 5th Avenue).
According to The Bookseller:
The event, taking place at the New York Public Library, will see author James Patterson and Grove Atlantic publisher and president, Morgan Entrekin, join attorney and founder of EMusic.com, Bob Kohn, Law professor and theorist, Tim Wu and political theorist and elected chair of the Pulitzer Prize Board, Danielle Allen in conversation moderated by Tina Bennett, literary agent at WME, titled "Amazon: Business As Usual?".
The discussion will focus on the Hachette-Amazon dispute, exploring what is at stake for the companies, authors and readers. It will also look at the larger issues of free-market capitalism and free speech at play, and what the dispute reveals about the future of publishing in the age of e-books.
It's supposed to be streamed live (here) under the Live from NYPL program, and I think we should all watch. From what I can see in the guest list, most of the panelists are anti-Amazon so I have to wonder what they will be debating.
I'm not being snide when I say that I don't understand the context of the debate, and that intrigues me. I don't see what there is to be debated; what is listed as the topic would seem to be a statement and not a question.