Welcome to The CITE -- a blog on Course materials, Innovation, and Technology in Education, created by Mark Nelson and now part of the Publications Department of the National Association of College Stores. CITE is a pun with multiple meanings - referring to cite as in citation, something people reference; site as in location, website, or place people go to; and sight as in foresight or looking ahead to what is coming. Comments, discussion, feedback and ideas are welcome.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Amazon and its love of numbers

Amazon has made many moves over the past few years that have affected the publishing industry. Here is a video by Colin Robinson, a long-time editor, about how Amazon does business and its possible negative impact on publishers, authors, and readers. The article associated with this video can be found here. The article itself is an interesting read, with a focus on Amazon's love of numbers and quantitative analysis -- along with what could be characterized as some of the more "heavy handed" tactics Amazon uses to get its way. What does Amazon's growing strength -- or the growing dominance of a small number of companies in the book channel -- mean for the future of books and literature?

GRITtv: Colin Robinson: Amazon Books & Intellectual ...
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