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Re: SalonHerringWiredFool.Com

Author:Seth Gordon
Posted:10/27/1999; 11:35:39 AM
Msg #:12417 (In response to 12416)
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I stopped reading here: There's nothing unique about Amazon. It's easy to build a site that does what Amazon does, and only mildly challenging to do it better.

Are you serious?

Follow this link and then scroll down to the heading: "We Lose Money on Every Hit But Make It Up On Volume."

Short summary of the part most relevant to this discussion: MIT Press has a Web site with features similar to what had in 1997, except that the database only covers the books in the MIT Press catalog. Two programmers built the site in two weeks; the software for the core site cost $9,000.

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