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Amazon’s own published books are quietly taking over the site

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  • No surprise here because everything Amazon does is data-driven, and they happen to have access to one of the most comprehensive sets of consumer behavior and business data on the globe. Consumers keep feeding this database when we buy more things on Amazon or use Echo, and businesses (especially start-ups

    No surprise here because everything Amazon does is data-driven, and they happen to have access to one of the most comprehensive sets of consumer behavior and business data on the globe. Consumers keep feeding this database when we buy more things on Amazon or use Echo, and businesses (especially start-ups) keep feeding this database the more they use Amazon Web Services.

    This gives Amazon unparalleled insights on when and what action to take in order to enter any industry (grocery, pharmaceutical, real estate, fintech, agritech and higher education to name a few), then "disrupt" the incumbents using their vast logistics resources and the promise of frictionless transactions for the customers within that sector.

    This may sound great to consumers - but imagine on the flip-side that your choices of available products/services/innovations are gradually being reduced over time like what's happening here in publishing. I'm not sure if I look forward to the day where 70-80% of the products and services that we use are owned by Amazon.

  • Amazon's access to its own proprietary data about what people read across the world, and then translate and publish, or seek out books based on that is clearly a key component of its ability to succeed in the publishing market. I can only imagine this effect getting bigger over time.

  • The more publishers the better as it gives new writers a chance & new readers more opportunity to find what they might like. Including trying the 99 cent ones.

  • I will gladly let Amazon into my brain for high quality content of any kind.

  • I think CreateSpace is a great idea, and I hope it only becomes more successful.

  • I firmly believe Amazon is eying Costco and QVC.