Books are over, says Bezos
In a public interview at the Wired “Disruptive by Design” Conference — at an event subtitled “Having Confidence on the Edge” — Amazon head honcho Jeff Bezos made some statements being deemed notable … although which statements were more notable than others depends on which sources you read first.
In a report at CNet.com, Caroline McCarthy goes right to Bezos’ comments about rival Google, noting that he was ” coy about exactly why he isn’t thrilled with Google’s attempt to forge its way into the digital publishing business.” His take-away quote: “We have strong opinions about that issue which I’m not going to share. But, clearly, that settlement in our opinion needs to be revisited and it is being revisited.”
At InformationWeek, a report by Antone Gonsalves emphasizes Bezos’ comments that “the Kindle eventually will read more than just Amazon’s electronic book formats. Says Bezos, “The device team has the job of making the most remarkable purpose-built reading device in the world. We are going to give the device team competition. We will make Kindle books, at the same $9.99 price points, available on the iPhone, and other mobile devices and other computing devices.”
And Tim O’Reilly, in a report at O’Reilly Radar, leads with comments by Bezos pertaining to the fact that, well, it’s time to move on from the format of the book: “I get grumpy now when I have to read a physical book,” he quotes Bezos saying. “The physical book has had a great 500 year run, but it’s time to change.”
Here’s the interview, courtesy of Wired: