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The Resource The everything store : Jeff Bezos and the age of Amazon, Brad Stone

The everything store : Jeff Bezos and the age of Amazon, Brad Stone

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The everything store : Jeff Bezos and the age of Amazon
Title
The everything store
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Jeff Bezos and the age of Amazon
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Brad Stone
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Jeff Bezos and the age of Amazon
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eng
Summary
  • This book is the definitive story of Amazon.com, one of the most successful companies in the world, and of its driven, brilliant founder, Jeff Bezos. Amazon.com started off delivering books through the mail. But its visionary founder, Jeff Bezos, wasn't content with being a bookseller. He wanted Amazon to become the everything store, offering limitless selection and seductive convenience at disruptively low prices. To do so, he developed a corporate culture of relentless ambition and secrecy that's never been cracked. Until now. Brad Stone enjoyed unprecedented access to current and former Amazon employees and Bezos family members, giving readers the first in-depth, fly-on-the-wall account of life at Amazon. Compared to tech's other elite innovators -- Jobs, Gates, Zuckerberg -- Bezos is a private man. But he stands out for his restless pursuit of new markets, leading Amazon into risky new ventures like the Kindle and cloud computing, and transforming retail in the same way Henry Ford revolutionized manufacturing. The Everything Store will be the revealing, definitive biography of the company that placed one of the first and largest bets on the Internet and forever changed the way we shop and read. - Publisher
  • The first fly-on-the-wall narrative account of the world's largest online retailer and its genius creator, Jeff Bezos
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  • Another ruthless e-mogul bestrides the world in this lively study of the Amazon founder and his quest to sell books and all other conceivable merchandise over the Web. While he doesn't have quite the rabid nuttiness of a Steve Jobs, Bezos in this portrait is cut from the same cloth: a vicious and occasionally unfair competitor; a penny-pinching slave driver of a workforce divided into unhappy employees and super loyalists; and a man full of messianic zeal about the consumer conveniences flowing from the world of e-commerce, brimming with bold initiatives that only sometimes pay off, who largely delivers on his promises to cut costs and increase consumer choice, without registering how profoundly his actions are altering the Republic of Letters and society at large. Stone, a senior writer for Bloomberg Businessweek, explores Amazon's technology breakthroughs with its Kindle e-reader and cloud-computing initiatives, but mainly tells a surprisingly traditional story about monopolistic retail, hinging on price wars over diapers, disputes with toy suppliers, carefully cultivated economies of scale, and the nuts and bolts of getting goods into customers' hands (the book's detailed account of Amazon's maddeningly complex distribution and shipping operations is engrossing). Stone's vivid profiles and lucid analyses of business dynamics make for an entertaining, insightful, behind-the-scenes account of the e-commerce revolution. Photos. (Oct.) --Staff (Reviewed October 21, 2013) (Publishers Weekly, vol 260, issue 42, p)
  • Currently a senior writer for Bloomberg Businessweek who has been covering Amazon and, more broadly, Silicon Valley technology for 15 years, Stone gives a corporate history of Amazon. With a 100,000-copy first printing. --Barbara Hoffert (Reviewed May 15, 2013) (Library Journal, vol 138, issue 9, p56)
  • Fair-minded, virtually up-to-the-minute history of the retail and technology behemoth and the prodigious brain behind it. Bloomberg Businessweek journalist Stone has covered Amazon, "the company that was among the first to see the boundless promise of the Internet and that ended up forever changing the way we shop and read," and its founder and CEO, Jeff Bezos, among other technology stories, for 15 years, and his inside knowledge of a company ordinarily stingy with information is evident throughout the book. In addition to speaking to Bezos several times over the years, including an interview for this book, Stone also spoke with employees across all levels of the company, from C-level officers and software developers to fulfillment center "associates," including many who have moved on. The author's research, which also included access to volumes of emails and other internal documents, revealed an extraordinarily difficult corporate culture for ordinary human beings to work in, one designed to forge (but not necessarily reward) people able to think like Bezos. The ultimate objective of this culture was to create the illusion for the consumer of a frictionless shopping experience, originally for books but ultimately for every product imaginable. The patented one-click shopping button, which enabled online customers to order, pay for and have shipped any item with a single click of the mouse, was the apotheosis of Amazon's consumer-oriented ethos. But this illusion required an enormous amount of friction behind the scenes. Bezos, a billionaire several times over whose ultimate dream is to blast himself into space from a launch pad he's building on his enormous Texas ranch, is notorious for squeezing as much productivity out of his underpaid employees as is humanly possible. Stone presents a nuanced portrait of the entrepreneur, especially as he sketches in Bezos' unusual family history and a surprising turn it took during the writing of the book. His reporting on the Kindle's disruption of traditional publishing makes for riveting reading. A must-add to any business bookshelf.(Kirkus Reviews, November 15, 2013)
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Stone, Brad
Dewey number
381/.4500202854678
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
  • maps
Index
no index present
LC call number
Z473.A485
LC item number
S76 2013
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Bezos, Jeffrey
  • Amazon.com (Firm)
  • Electronic commerce
  • Businessmen
  • Booksellers and bookselling
  • Internet bookstores
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Jeff Bezos and the age of Amazon
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The everything store : Jeff Bezos and the age of Amazon, Brad Stone
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 351-358)
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Contents
Prologue -- Part 1 : Faith. The house of quants -- The book of Bezos -- Fever dreams -- Milliravi -- Part 2 : Literary influences. Rocket boy -- Chaos theory -- A technology company, not a retailer -- Fiona -- Part 3 : Missionary or mercenary? Liftoff! -- Expedient convictions -- The kingdom of the question mark -- Appendix : Jeff's reading list
Control code
988302
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
372 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780316219266
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly colored)
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  • (Sirsi) i9780316219266
  • (OCoLC)856249407
Label
The everything store : Jeff Bezos and the age of Amazon, Brad Stone
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 351-358)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue -- Part 1 : Faith. The house of quants -- The book of Bezos -- Fever dreams -- Milliravi -- Part 2 : Literary influences. Rocket boy -- Chaos theory -- A technology company, not a retailer -- Fiona -- Part 3 : Missionary or mercenary? Liftoff! -- Expedient convictions -- The kingdom of the question mark -- Appendix : Jeff's reading list
Control code
988302
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
372 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780316219266
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly colored)
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780316219266
  • (OCoLC)856249407

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