• http://www.erikeric.com/ erikeric

    Nice perspectives. I think you summarize the ebooks debate very succinctly with “Publishers have been criminally slow in adopting to new technology but Amazon has also been increasingly greedy.” 

    The only thing I think you’re far off on is Amazon’s CloudSearch being more attractive than Google Enterprise/Site Search. Who are these mythical engineers that feel Google’s solution is “difficult and time-consuming”? I’ve experienced exactly the opposite sentiment with engineers who’ve implemented Google’s solution upon my recommendation.

  • http://jeffdownerbailbonds.com/ Jeff Downer Indianapolis IN

    Well, I don’t exactly what a billion dollars buysthese days, but I do know it doesn’t buy as much as it used to.  With the Micrsoft-AOL deal at least the lawyers aren’t going to starve.

  • http://www.blindfiveyearold.com AJ Kohn

    Thanks for the comment Erik. I have a soft spot for the book space given my background. There’s a lot more going on in that vertical than meets the eye.

    Perhaps I’ve run into persnickety engineers. I think it’s a combination of not wanting to go through the implementation and a penchant for rolling their own with something like Solr. So ‘difficult’ might be the wrong word, or maybe I should apply it to the person and not the product.

  • http://www.blindfiveyearold.com AJ Kohn

    I’m not sure the lawyers will ever starve Jeff. But you’re right, a billion dollars doesn’t seem to go as far as it used to: a product without a revenue stream, a bunch of patents that can be used to thwart a competitor and a dying but profitable business.