68 pages, 8.5" x 5.5", $4.00, davida [at] leekinginc [dot] com + www.leekinginc.com
Editor Davida kicks the new issue off with a three-and-a-half-page article on the evils of Amazon. Like Davida, I haven't bought books from Amazon for years either, but for different reasons. I wasn't aware of their "sick" practises, rather I found AbeBooks a better option postage-wise, but it looks like it could be a smart and conscientious idea for Amazon book-buying customers to switch to AbeBooks too. From Davida's piece: "Consumers now assume they have to buy from Amazon." Well, I would strongly urge them to try AbeBooks. [And a public thanks to my bibliophile friend Pete ["Professor Slippy"] who hipped me to Abe back in 2008!] ... One more item I will share from Davida's Amazon article is this link to 'Worse Than Wal-Mart: Amazon's sick brutality and secret history of ruthlessly intimidating workers'
In other columns - Joe Biel writes about elements of the zine community's misguided attack on AK Press and Microcosm; Gianni Simone gives an excerpt of his interview with Mail Art networker Ruud Janssen; Jeff Somers reveals his blogging activities (as well as a recent near death experience where he came within an inch of falling through a skylight); Josh Medsker interviews magazine publisher Justin 'Lovers and Other Strangers' Bacolo; new columnist Kari Tervo contributes her thoughts on the unique appeal and importance of Zinedom; Ken Bausert interviews Andria Alefhi (We'll Never Have Paris zine and co-host of Brooklyn's annual Pete's Mini Zine Fest); and [phew!] Kris Mininger interviews Ned Brooks (It Goes on the Shelf zine).
Then there are fifty pages of zine reviews by the usual gang plus new reviewer Andria Alefhi! ... Hey! Where have I heard that name before?