Time for Amazon to pay its dues to open source?
May 26, 2011, 19:11 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Glyn Mody)
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"Amazon began selling hardcover and paperback books in July
1995. Twelve years later in November 2007, Amazon introduced the
revolutionary Kindle and began selling Kindle books. By July 2010,
Kindle book sales had surpassed hardcover book sales, and six
months later, Kindle books overtook paperback books to become the
most popular format on Amazon.com. Today, less than four years
after introducing Kindle books, Amazon.com customers are now
purchasing more Kindle books than all print books – hardcover
and paperback – combined.
"Moreover, if the consensus reading of hints dropped by Amazon's
Bezos is correct, his company's dependence on open source is likely
to increase significantly. So, what does Amazon give back to the
world of free software?"