Author tricks Amazon into distributing union materials to its own employees via book cover

I haven’t learn Mike Monteiro’s new book Ruined by Design, so I can’t say whether or not it’s any good. But I wouldn’t be stunned if it isn’t accessible at Amazon for all that for much longer, now that its cover encourages Amazon staff to type a labor union.

This previous Thursday, Monteiro tells The Verge, he realized he might change his self-published book’s cover as simply as importing a brand new PDF — and used it to add a brand new message to Amazon staff they’ll presumably see as they print and bundle it for supply.

It’s not clear whether or not the bait-and-switch will truly work; if any Amazon employees have been swayed. While Monteiro says he’s offered over 10,000 copies of the book to this point, solely 150 paperbacks have been printed since he modified the cover, which isn’t a variety of alternatives for it to catch the fitting individual’s eye.

Monteiro says he was engaged on some union organizing when he got here up with the thought: “We were discussing how to get messages in front of people and I realized ‘Oh, huh. I have this thing that Amazon workers see every time a book gets ordered. Let’s put a message there.’”

Amazon hasn’t contacted him but, he says — despite the fact that the book’s up to date cover went via one in all Amazon’s QA processes.

We’ve been monitoring Amazon employee protests following the information that the corporate robotically tracks and terminates staff who fail to meet quotas, a few of whom skip lavatory breaks simply to hold their jobs. You can learn a few of these tales on the hyperlinks under.

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