Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos in line for TIME Person of the Year

By libertyc
December 10, 2013 // 1 Comment

A piece of news that will bring no comfort to “the character-bashing, Jeff-Bezos hating, Amazon-vilifying tribes,” as Callie Oettinger styles them – Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is on the Top Ten shortlist for TIME Magazine Person of the Year. “We shall call it: ‘The Jeff Bezos [...]

Why Big Publishing hates Amazon, Part 3

By libertyc
December 9, 2013 // 3 Comments

At the risk of being repetitious (BIG sic.), Steven Pressfield just posted an item by Callie Oettinger on Amazon and Big Publishing that so succinctly summarizes much of what I was driving at in my previous posts, that I can’t do better than refer to it and quote from it at length. Oettinger [...]

Former Amazon executive: When Amazon does not seem to turn a profit, its competitors should be scared

By libertyc
November 6, 2013 // 0 Comments

Why can’t Amazon turn a profit? Eugene Wei, who worked at Amazon until 2004, suggests that’s the wrong question to ask. The big question is why Amazon doesn’t want to turn a profit. In fact, it may even be the wrong line of reasoning altogether. In Wei’s piece on Salon, he points out that [...]

Wife of Amazon founder reviews "The Everything Store"

By libertyc
November 5, 2013 // 0 Comments

Editors Note: Both Susan Lulgjuraj and Joanna Cabot submitted stories on this topic, but each had a slightly different approach, so we’ll run them both. Be curious what you all think. It turns not everyone is a fan. Certainly Brad Stone has learned that this week when the BusinessWeek senior [...]

Book review: The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon

By libertyc
October 23, 2013 // 1 Comment

The narrative has been there for years – Amazon is a big, evil corporation that will do anything to get what it wants. Part of that is true, especially after reading The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone. Amazon didn’t become a successful business by being nice [...]

Morning Roundup: Jeff Bezos compares newspapers to horses; manuscript wishlist hashtag returns; more

By libertyc
September 26, 2013 // 0 Comments

Adding Some Evidence to Copyright’s ‘Evidence’Free’ Zone (Boing Boing) In the Columbia Journalism Review, Sarah Laskow looks at the empirical research on whether, and how, copyright works. From Christopher Buccafusco et al’s experimental work on the motivations for [...]

Morning Roundup: Thoughts about Amazon MatchBook; the rise of hybrid authors; more

By libertyc
September 6, 2013 // 1 Comment

Two and a Half Thoughts About Amazon’s Matchbook Program (Futurebook) Amazon’s announcement on Tuesday of its new Matchbook offer, allowing customers to buy discounted digital versions of print books they’d previously bought from the retailer, is far from the first attempt to bring [...]

Morning Roundup: What Bezos told the WaPo about his plans for the paper

By libertyc
September 4, 2013 // 0 Comments

Wattpad Unveils Exclusive Content from Margaret Atwood’s MaddAdam Trilogy (Good e-Reader) Today, to coincide with the global release of Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam, Wattpad and Doubleday have teamed up to share an exclusive essay from Atwood revealing insights into the development of the [...]

Ouch! Text to speech is also AWOL from this year's Amazon Paperwhite

By libertyc
September 3, 2013 // 15 Comments

Drat! The newest Kindle Paperwhite E Ink reader from Amazon is still missing text to speech—among the features Jeff Bezos touted when he unveiled the second Kindle in 2009. Doubt me? Just look at the Paperwhite users guide and see what’s AWOL. Click here for a better view, with a list [...]

What do Amazon's book stats really mean? Nobody knows for sure

By libertyc
August 21, 2013 // 7 Comments

Note: Media observer Dan Bloom wonders, like a lot of people, just what Amazon’s popular and must-see book stats really mean. His opinion here reflects his own personal hunch about how things operate in the shop that Jeff Bezos runs. Comments welcome below, pro and con. The next time you read [...]

Morning Roundup: A game of piracy under the dome

By libertyc
August 9, 2013 // 0 Comments

Google Now Selling & Renting Textbooks in Google Play Books (The Digital Reader) Many colleges are going to start in the next few weeks, and Google is ready for them. I’ve just learned that the new textbook section of Google Play Books now has the textbooks that Google promised some weeks [...]

Morning Roundup: How can Jeff Bezos save the Washington Post?

By libertyc
August 8, 2013 // 0 Comments

Amazon Releases First Portuguese Language Kindle Single (The Digital Reader)   Amazon got a lot of attention (both positive and negative) last week for their latest Kindle Single Interview featuring Barack Obama, and it looks like they’re not through. I’ve just learned that Amazon has [...]

Smart Move: The Graham's spin-off of The Washington Post

By libertyc
August 6, 2013 // 0 Comments

Jack Shafer, the Reuters columnist, wrote last year that Graham family should spin off the Washington Post newspaper from the company of the same name. As the buyer he suggested Michael Bloomberg. “Not so crazy an idea,” I said on the Solomon Scandals site and in the Georgetown Dish. Now [...]

Jeff Bezos to buy The Washington Post — a Washingtonian's perspective

By libertyc
August 6, 2013 // 2 Comments

Well, it might have been a better headline to say that Amazon is buying my home town paper, but it wouldn’t be true. Jeff Bezos is buying The Washington Post, to the tune of $250 million in cash. How many suitcases is that again? Chris covered the basic story yesterday, but he’s not a [...]

Jeff Bezos buys renowned newspaper The Washington Post

By libertyc
August 5, 2013 // 0 Comments

Can newspapers be saved? It’s a tricky question, and one that has haunted a lot of newspapermen over the last ten years or so. And before you respond in the negative, consider this: What if the person trying to save them, or at least one of them, is Jeff Bezos? Ars Technica reports that Jeff [...]

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