Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Amazon Is Not Going to Launch Waldenbooks for the 21st Century | Slog:

Amazon isn't especially good at coming up with new ideas—the Kindle came about because Jeff Bezos got scared by the Sony Reader and hired a team to perfect the idea of the e-reader; the Kindle Fire doesn't bring anything new to the table other than "cheap iPad"—but they are especially good at stripping what they perceive to be bullshit out of an idea. I think the culture at Amazon believes that bookstores are mostly bullshit; this store has to be a lot more ambitious than that.