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Not content with selling books, Amazon is increasingly playing in the publishing space. An interesting New York Times article has details:
Amazon executives, interviewed at the company’s headquarters here, declined to say how many editors the company employed, or how many books it had under contract. But they played down Amazon’s power and said publishers were in love with their own demise.
“It’s always the end of the world,” said Russell Grandinetti, one of Amazon’s top executives. “You could set your watch on it arriving.”
He pointed out, though, that the landscape was in some ways changing for the first time since Gutenberg invented the modern book nearly 600 years ago. “The only really necessary people in the publishing process now are the writer and reader,” he said. “Everyone who stands between those two has both risk and opportunity.”
Here’s a link to a review of the $79 Kindle by Marco Arment:
Knowing that this new Kindle costs less than the cover for my Kindle 2 is freeing: I can just carry it around uncased and unprotected in a (large) pocket, use it anywhere, and not worry about damaging an expensive electronic item, because it’s not. And it’s so inexpensive that I have no hesitation recommending it to pretty much anyone who ever reads books, because I know that if they end up disliking it or not using it much, it wasn’t a lot of money.
Like it or not, price matters…
Steve Jobs wasn’t a geek’s geek. Rather he was one of the few in the industry who understood that computer technology was most useful when it touched our humanity, and empowered ‘the rest of us’ to do things we otherwise could not have done. Perhaps more than anyone, he ushered in an era when the personal computer became the pen and paper of my generation. Every creative endeavour of my adult life has involved an Apple Computer – and I suspect I’m not alone.
Thanks. And rest in peace.