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Bezos and O'Reilly 2.0 16

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the it's-sweet-that-they-found-each-other dept.
theodp writes "Looks like Jeff Bezos and Tim O'Reilly are investing together again, and this time it has nothing to do with patent reform. In Bezos Goes Web 2.0 Wild, Private Equity Week's Alexander Haislip reports that Explore Holdings, which as of late has been doing business as Bezos Expeditions, is one of 19 investors that have pumped $34.3M into O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures."
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Bezos and O'Reilly 2.0

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  • by CRCulver (715279) <crculver@christopherculver.com> on Sunday January 28, 2007 @12:42PM (#17790282) Homepage

    Perhaps Mr. Bezos should spend more time working for Amazon.com. They used to be the best, but now they are a barely maintained database of discontinued products with bad specs and irrelevant search results.

    Amazon is still the best bookstore for in-print books. Since books don't have "specs" (except things like page number and dimensions, which I've never seen screwed up), I suppose you are bitching about electronics. Well, Amazon's core mission is books. Just because they branched out into other areas which weren't as successful doesn't mean that they suck entirely.

    As for out of print books, often one can still order them through the "Used and new..." listings of third-party sellers. But even with a product is not available through any avenue on the site, I'd still prefer that Amazon list them. Why? Because people can review them, and give you an idea of whether you want to search for the book in more obscure venues. To take one example, I've recently discovered that Amazon lists the original Danish publications of Pia Tafdrup's poetry. A book like Tusindfoedt [amazon.com] isn't available for order in the U.S., but I'm currently writing a review that will tell people this book is so good that it's well worth ordering it from Tafdrup's publishers Gyldendal in Denmark

  • by tcopeland (32225) <(tom) (at) (thomasleecopeland.com)> on Sunday January 28, 2007 @05:35PM (#17792210) Homepage
    > I don't think that Mr. Bezos would
    > recognize a Web 2.0 application

    On the other hand, Amazon is doing a bunch of innovative things, like the Simple Storage Service (S3). We're using S3 for indi [getindi.com] (with encryption, of course), and it's very, very handy; it keeps us from having to build out a big storage infrastructure.

    There's also the Elastic Computing Cloud (EC2) they're doing. I was at a Rails Edge conference last week and James Duncan Davidson [duncandavidson.com] did a nifty presentation on deploying Rails apps. The really neat thing, though, was that he deployed it to an EC2 machine rather than a local directory or even a local VMWare instance. Very cool stuff.

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