Amazon’s Next Acquisitions? They Live in the Cloud

If you’re competitor-focused, you have to wait until there is a competitor doing something. Being customer-focused allows you to be more pioneering. We have found that, on the Internet, “me too” strategies seem not to work very well. –Jeff Bezos, November 2008 (or so) I was pointed toward a very interesting piece of analysis (along […]

How Might a Spotify for Books Work?

In a previous post, I postulated that forces in technology and consumer behavior, as evidenced by the popularity of the music streaming service Spotify could be seen a signs of things to come for books. I then took some guesses as to which companies might try to offer this “access model” (paid or ad-supported) for […]

Who Can Pull Off Spotify for Books?

In a previous post, I offered music-streaming service Spotify’s ascendence as a signifier of a sea change in consumer media consumption habits. Millions of consumers — especially the 30-and-under demographic — are opting to access their media via ad-supported free services or paid subscriptions, as opposed to buying and downloading files to own. I suspect […]