Amazon’s Drone Announcement Reveals Coming Book War

Kim Ukura

Staff Writer

Kim Ukura is a book lover, recovering journalist, library advocate, cat mom, and lover of a good gin cocktail. In addition to co-hosting Book Riot’s nonfiction podcast, For Real, and co-editing Book Riot’s nonfiction newsletter, True Story, Kim spends her days working in communications at a county library system in the Twin Cities area. Kim has a BA in English and journalism from a small liberal arts college in Minnesota, and a master’s in journalism from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. When not getting to bed before 10 p.m., Kim loves to read nonfiction, do needlework projects, drink tea, and watch the Great British Baking Show. Instagram: @kimthedork Twitter: @kimthedork

Although Amazon’s announcement of a future drone delivery program seems like a joke in and of itself, folks of the bookish (and non-bookish) Internet have helped reveal the true nature of this announcement: the first volley in an intergalactic war among the Rebel Alliance booksellers and Jeff Bezeo’s Galactic Empire.

Noted bookish naysayer Evil Wylie was the first, I believe, to reveal the battles to come.

— Evil Wylie (@EvilWylie) December 2, 2013

In response (?) the Amazon Drone called for books, not bombs…

… while Conan O’Brien revealed another competitor’s secret weapon.

Help for the Rebel Booksellers will come from around the globe. British bookseller Waterstone’s quickly announced their Ornithological Waterstones Landing Service, a fleet of specially trained delivery owls. But what will the owls be delivering?

Other booksellers may also have some creative delivery and battle methods.

Those of us caught in the middle only have one request:


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