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Infour years after the first Internet browser was created, Bezos stumbled upon a startling statistic: Inthe year Bezos, then 31, started Amazon, just 16 million people used the Internet. A year later, the number was 36 million, a figure that would multiply at a furious rate.
Today, more than 1. Bezos understood two things. One was the way the Internet made it possible to banish geography, enabling anyone with an Internet connection and a computer to browse a seemingly limitless universe of goods with a precision never previously known and then buy them directly from the comfort of their homes.
The second was how the Internet allowed merchants to gather vast amounts of personal information on individual customers. Ad Policy The Internet permitted a kind of bespoke selling. James Marcus, who was hired by Bezos in and would work at Amazon for five years, later published a revealing memoir of his time as Employee Affinity would call out to affinity: This was not immediately obvious: Profit margins were notoriously thin, and most independent stores depended on low rents.
Still, overall, selling books was a big business.
That same year, million individual books were sold, and seventeen bestsellers each sold more than 1 million copies. Bezos also knew that in the Supreme Court had ruled in Quill Corp. For years, he would use this advantage to avoid collecting hundreds of millions of dollars in state sales taxes, giving Amazon an enormous edge over retailers of every kind, from bookstores to Best Buy and Home Depot.
In recent months, however, Amazon, under mounting pressure, has eased its opposition and reached agreements with twelve states, including California and Texas, to collect sales tax.
He was sure that the algorithms of computerized search and access would provide the keys to a consumer kingdom whose riches were as yet undiscovered and barely dreamed of, and so he set out to construct a twenty-first-century ordering mechanism that, at least for the short term, would deliver goods the old-fashioned way: In Epstein founded Anchor Books, the highbrow trade paperback publisher; eleven years later he was one of the founders of the New York Review of Books, and for many decades was an eminence at Random House.
His admiration for Bezos was mixed with a certain bemusement; he knew that for Amazon to really revolutionize bookselling, physical books would have to be transformed into bits and bytes capable of being delivered seamlessly.
Otherwise, Bezos would have built only a virtual contraption hostage to the Age of Gutenberg, with all its cumbersome inefficiencies. Instead, he dreamed of machines that would print on demand, drawing upon a virtual library of digitized books and delivering physical copies in, say, Kinkos all across the country.
The bookstores that might survive in this scenario would be essentially stocking examination copies of a representative selection of titles, which could be individually printed while customers lingered at coffee bars awaiting the arrival of their order.
Ultimately, Epstein would devote himself to this vision. Like all great and obsessed entrepreneurs, his ambitions were imperial, his optimism rooted in an overweening confidence in his own rectitude. We in answer fire a broadside of flesh at it and cry Yes!
A slightly built, balding gnome of a man, Bezos often struck others as enigmatic, remote and odd. If not exactly cuddly, he was charismatic in an otherworldly sort of way.
It was like he could be a Martian for all I knew. A well-meaning, nice Martian.
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