Amazon Uncorks New Wine Category

Amazon is officially entering the wine business, making more than a thousand wines available starting today. While Amazon’s wine store emphasizes search and editorial content, the trick with selling wine online is dealing with all the individual state requirements. In Amazon’s case, wine will be delivered direct from the winery to a dozen states and the District of Columbia. Shipping costs $9.99 for one to six bottles.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work