After seeing the story below, my mind went back to my older Kindles, and this Kindle 2 was one I enjoyed a lot in its day.
Saw today, in the Huffpo, an excerpt from Jason Merkoski's Burning the Page -- the chapter on Inside Story of the Kindle
From what I gather, Merkoski, as a former Amazon staffer and early innovator on Amazon's Kindle team, doesn't offer a glowing look at the whole scene, and the New Times blog area recently had this quote:
' "Q. Why did you leave Amazon?
A. Working at Amazon was like getting an M.B.A. and a Ph.D. at the same time.
It was an incredible education. These were the smartest people I ever worked
with. But Amazon had a dark side as well, as if it were the mean stepmother in a
There was this push to get great products out to consumers. It makes
a lot of teams very haggard. Amazon is held together by adrenaline, spreadsheets
and people running around like crazy." '
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"Will Amazon tremble at Walmart’s same day delivery dream?"
Mediajob's Cheryl Ross describes Walmart's possible plans for same-day delivery, which she apparently feels Amazon might fear, though she then explains why it might not.
I don't know. What do you think about it? From the story: (emphases mine)
' The idea? Offer in-store visitors a discount on their purchases if they agree to deliver a same-day package to a Walmart e-customer on the way home.
Karen E. Edwards, an e-retailing expert from the University of South Carolina, explains:
“Walmart would want to have a proof-of-delivery system, as well as a written agreement with the delivery person that includes a reimbursement clause if the goods are damaged or not delivered. That would probably have a chilling effect on some people who otherwise might have performed the service, but would also reduce the likelihood of theft...”
The company would also need to find a way of establishing that such delivery persons are not Walmart employees and aren’t entitled to Worker’s Compensation, Edwards continued, and there’d need to be a waiver to release Walmart from liability if the deliverer got injured during the errand... '
How many of us would welcome delivery by strangers not officially employed by the store, who would bring us what we ordered, to our doorstep? Granted, there'd be a record of the customer who was sent out to bring you your package...
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