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Stephen Colbert gives Amazon the finger

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“I’m not just mad at Amazon, I’m mad prime,” said Stephen Colbert on his show last night.

That was just the first in a barrage of zingers against Amazon, which is currently in a legal battle with Colbert’s publisher Hachette Book Group over sharing profits. Colbert put Amazon and CEO Jeff Bezos on blast for what many see as bullying tactics to make Hachette titles difficult to order, such as eliminating discounts and delaying shipments. “If you ordered Hachette’s 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart, by the time it arrives, you’re still fat,” Colbert joked. The rant culminated in Colbert pulling two middle fingers out of an Amazon package and declaring, “Watch out, Bezos, because this means war.”

Joking aside, Colbert is taking real action against the corporation by encouraging readers to slap “I didn’t buy it on Amazon” stickers on books. And after plugging debut novel California by Edan Lepucki, the title shot to number one at the indie bookstore Powell’s in Portland.

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On the Books: Maya Angelou, Judy Blume sign open letter to Obama on standardized testing; Emily Dickinson manuscripts digitally archived

Today’s bevy of book news includes an open letter, another digital archive, and a retirement that’s up in the air. Read on for more top headlines: READ FULL STORY

Stephen Colbert tells us why America has the best health care system -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

If there is one person who should lecture us on the greatness of America, it’s Stephen Colbert.

The Colbert Report host has followed up his children’s book I Am a Pole (And So Can You!) with America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren’t, which will surely become the bestselling book of all time. (After all, as the cover proclaims, Colbert is already a “Number One (1!) New York Times Bestseller.”) America Again was published on Tuesday, but for those of you who can’t bear to read the book without Colbert’s own dulcet tones to guide you, we’ve got an exclusive clip from the audiobook. So sit back, grab a Bud Light Lime and let Papa Bear Jr. tell you about why America’s got the best health care system. (Hint: It’s the same reason Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is the best show on Broadway.)

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