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Yet another reason to fear the size of

September 12, 2011

I have a competition in me. I want no one else to succeed.

-Daniel Plainview, There Will Be Blood

More than any other US technology corporation, Amazon appears to be pursuing a particularly virulent form of the modern “scorched-earth” business model. Today, there are signals that the next targets of the internet behemoth are, of all places, libraries. In preparing a Netflix-like e-book lending service, Amazon is taking the next step towards what I believe is their ultimate goal – to be the only place for you to go to get anything at all.

Take that for what you will.

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