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Old 07-04-2011, 02:19 PM   #1
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Amazon Buys The Book Depository

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/ama...k=MW_news_stmp

Worldwide domination one step closer.
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Old 07-04-2011, 02:20 PM   #2
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Too bad, I've bought some nice epubs there in the past.
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Old 07-04-2011, 03:55 PM   #3
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Worldwide domination one step closer.


You can say that again.

I'm waiting for them to buy Borders.
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Old 07-04-2011, 04:38 PM   #4
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May we hope that some anti trust authority takes a look at this transaction?
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Old 07-04-2011, 06:00 PM   #5
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Is there anti-trust regulatory governance for an International purchase like this?
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Old 07-04-2011, 08:49 PM   #6
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The EU doesn't need international authority to apply their laws worldwide. They just do it.

But antitrust generally relies on marketshare as a yardstick for market power. And neither Amazon nor the Depository has enough global or european share for even the most paranoid to invoke antitrust.

Note that Amazon doesn't buy companies for market share; their history is of buying companies for their technology, business model, and/or personnel. And for their growth potential.

They also have a track record of allowing their acquisitions autonomous operation, from Mobipocket to Diapers.com. Check here for a listing of some of Amazon's many businesses.
http://www.slideshare.net/faberNovel...-hidden-empire

Odds are that, whatever processes and systems TBD has in place to deliver books worldwide (Which may be patented or a trade secret) will be adopted by the various regional Amazon stores. Why license what you can buy outright?
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Old 07-04-2011, 09:06 PM   #7
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Might this make it easier to open foreign language country based stores for Kindle Books?
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Old 07-05-2011, 12:32 AM   #8
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Might this make it easier to open foreign language country based stores for Kindle Books?
No foreign language- its English only baby!
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Old 07-05-2011, 12:44 AM   #9
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DAMN!!!! I love TBD and I hate Amazon. After the pirating experience I've just been through with them, I swore I'd never buy from Amazon again.

TBD has been wonderful. I buy all my dead tree books from them. They ship for free and are fast. International shipping from Amazon was often twice the price of the book that was being sent!

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Old 07-05-2011, 01:05 AM   #10
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Meh. As long as TBD keeps providing EPUBs and free worldwide shipping.
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No foreign language- its English only baby!
For now.

It makes perfect sense that Amazon, which is expanding globally, should be interested in a bookstore that makes efficient global delivery of print books its calling card.
Once the deal is finalized and TBD gains access to Amazon's content acquisition resources and regional storefronts there is, in fact, ample reason to expect global english sales to be followed by global spanish sales, and "out-of-region" sales and delivery; in effect, bringing to print what Kindle brings to digital.
With the future of book publishing inextricably tied to ebooks, and ebooks by nature a global product regardless of language, it is unavoidable that the business will evolve to global sales and do away with regional rights and georestrictions for all but the most parochial content. It is just a matter of time. And economies of scale.
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The German store sells kindle books in German. Maybe there will be one Amazon store in every country.
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So is the sky falling or not? I need time to prepare.
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Old 07-05-2011, 07:47 AM   #14
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Sorry not interested in Amazon stock as yet. Amazon still doesn't sell that overpriced stuff that we put in our cars, I'm buying those that profit off our addiction to gas.
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