Jeff Bezos on 60 Minutes
CBS’s 60 Minutes featured Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in a segment of their show Sunday evening. With 225 million customers, Amazon’s goal of selling everything to everyone appears to be on target.
Amazon’s warehouse and delivery efficiency was highlighted in the program. Eighteen years ago, Bezos delivered packages to the post office each day. Today Amazon is using its seventh generation of fulfillment center that has such improved efficiency that they warehouse two times the product of five years ago.
Bezos introduced one of Amazon’s futuristic delivery channels – the octocopter – an 8-armed, remote-controlled drone device that would deliver packages weighing up to five pounds within a 10-mile radius of a fulfillment center. The optocopter literally flies from the center to the customer’s front door within 30 minutes, releases the package and returns to the fulfillment center.
Amazon has named the process as Prime Air. Read more about here.
Bezos admitted the device is several years away from implementation and needs additional refinement to be successful. The announcement has created quite a stir: The US Senate wants to hold hearings; Huffington Post questions CBS credibility; and Wired provides the physics of the process. Others are mocking the idea, such as Dennis Miller and Bill O’Reilly.
My thoughts: This isn’t an option to use when you wake one morning and realize you are out of coffee. Optocopter service probably won’t be included in $79 Amazon Prime. The delivery cost will be significant and only critical purchases will use the option. Examples of customers who might use the service are businesses that need emergency digital storage capacity or a machine part needed to keep a production line operational.
I love innovation so the optocopter is an exciting concept. Even if Amazon doesn’t bring this to fruition, the drone may have other uses. GPS coordinates are entered into the optocopter and off it goes. Perhaps it could deliver critical medicines to remote areas or when roads are unavailable such as after an earthquake. Keep working on the idea, Amazon. Your innovation may save lives.
Bernie Rhodenbarr is the protagonist of the Burglar series of comic mystery novels by Lawrence Block. Bernie Rhodenbarr is a New York City-based thief who excels in lockpicking and breaking and entering, and who is addicted to the thrill it provides. He served time in prison in his youth, and since then has resolved to avoid getting caught again.
Bernie’s burglary operations are usually well-planned and tidily executed, from the initial surveillance of the target site to the escape route afterwards. –Wikipedia
The first ten novels in the series (published 1977-2004) are selling for $1.99 each. You can pre-order the 11th book – The Burglar Who Counted the Spoons – today for $9.99 and receive it on Christmas Day. If you love a good mystery with a sense of humor, buy the series and be prepared for the winter reading season.
Time is running out for the Islamic Republic and the Bible Belt, the two warring nations that arose when the former United States split apart after an economic collapse left tens of millions unemployed and desperate for leadership. Weakened by their endless conflict, both countries are now threatened by the expansionist dreams of the Aztlán Empire (formerly known as Mexico) to the south, which has steadily encroached deep into the regions once called California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. Riven by intellectual and social decay, both the Islamic Republic and the Belt are at the brink of collapse.
The only solution is to reunite the countries and regain America’s former power and global standing. And there’s only one man who can do it: Rakkim Epps, genetically enhanced shadow warrior and hero of the two previous books in Robert Ferrigno’s astonishing Assassin Trilogy. Buy this thriller today for only $1.99. You can buy the audiobook for $3.49 when you buy the Kindle book.
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In March 1900, as former Congressman John Bingham of Ohio lies dying, he begins to tell a strange tale to his physician, Dr. Jamie Fraser. Bingham famously prosecuted eight members of John Wilkes Booth’s plot to kill Lincoln. But during the 1865 trial, conspirator Mary Surratt divulged a secret so explosive it could shatter the republic.
Though Bingham takes the secret to his grave, Fraser cannot let go of the mystery. Bored with small-town medical practice, he begins to investigate, securing an unlikely ally in Speed Cook, a black, college-educated professional ballplayer and would-be newspaper publisher. Cook is fascinated by Fraser’s inquiry and, like Fraser, thinks the accepted version of Lincoln’s assassination rings false. Was Booth truly the mastermind or were other, more powerful forces pulling the strings?
From Maryland to New York City, from Indiana to Washington, Fraser and Cook track down key figures and witnesses–including Mary Surratt’s neurotic daughter Anna, Booth’s nephew, actor Creston Clarke, and Clarke’s attractive business manager, Mrs. Eliza Scott. Piece by piece the truth emerges–separating fact from rumor, innocent from guilty, and revealing a story of greed, ambition, courage, and tragedy.
You can buy this brilliantly plotted and thoroughly gripping mystery that explores one of the nation’s darkest and most fascinating eras and the conspiracy that changed world history for $2.99 today.
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Zara Cinders always knew Ham Reece was the one, but he wasn’t interested in settling down. When she found someone who was, Ham walked out of her life. Three years later, Zara’s lost her business, her marriage, and she’s barely getting by in a tiny apartment on the wrong side of the tracks. As soon as Ham hears about Zara’s plight, he’s on her doorstep offering her a lifeline. Now, it will take every ounce of will power she possesses to resist all that he offers.
Ham was always a traveling man, never one to settle down in one town, with one woman, for more time than absolutely necessary. But Ham’s faced his own demons, and he’s learned a lot. About himself, and about the life he knows he’s meant to live. So when he hears that Zara’s having a rough time, he wants to be the one to help. In fact, he wants to do more than that for Zara. A lot more. But first, he must prove to Zara that he’s a changed man.
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Amazon Publishing today announced the launch of StoryFront, a new imprint offering high-quality short fiction across genres and home of the digital literary journal Day One , a weekly publication dedicated to short fiction and poetry from emerging writers. Twelve short (less than 100 pages) Christmas romances and romantic suspense novels are selling now for $1.99 each. The selection includes stories by popular authors including Susan Donavan, Robin Kaye, H.P. Mallory and more. Follow this link to the Twelve Days of Festive Fiction.
Here are three titles available for $1.99 each:
It’s ho, ho, ho time in this hilarious and wacky Florida holiday tale, featuring bighearted psychopath Serge Storms and his sidekick, Coleman. Like Santa, Serge knows who’s been naughty and who’s been nice. Few can give with the generosity and creativity of Serge, and as December 24 rolls around, he is filling up the Serge sleigh with an unforgettable bag of presents.
But before that, it’s all a big free-range Christmas office party, where Serge will be spreading his special cheer. And there’s that last-minute go-for-broke spree at the mall (just beware of those attacking elves—they bite). While you’re there, skip the lame photo on Santa’s lap—Serge will give you a lap ride you’ll never forget. As for that addled elf Coleman, there’s nothing like a white Christmas. Let it snow!
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Days before the July Fourth holiday and the dedication of One World Trade Center at Ground Zero, an incident aboard a commercial jet reminds everyone involved that vigilance saves lives.
But New York Police detective Jeremy Fisk—from the department’s Intelligence Division, a well-funded anti-terror unit modeled upon the CIA—suspects that the event is a warning sign that another, potentially more extraordinary scheme has been set in motion. So when a passenger from the same plane disappears into the crowds of Manhattan, it’s up to Fisk and his partner Krina Gersten to find him before the celebrations begin… And time is running out.
This terrorism thriller is selling for only $1.99 today.
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After narrowly surviving his last operation, Gabriel Allon, the wayward son of Israeli intelligence, has taken refuge behind the walls of the Vatican, where he is restoring one of Caravaggio’s greatest masterpieces. But early one morning he is summoned to St. Peter’s Basilica by Monsignor Luigi Donati, the all-powerful private secretary to His Holiness Pope Paul VII. The body of a beautiful woman lies beneath Michelangelo’s magnificent dome. The Vatican police suspect suicide, though Gabriel believes otherwise. So, it seems, does Donati. But the monsignor is fearful that a public inquiry might inflict another scandal on the Church, and so he calls upon Gabriel to quietly pursue the truth—with one caveat.
“Rule number one at the Vatican,” Donati said. “Don’t ask too many questions.”
Gabriel learns that the dead woman had uncovered a dangerous secret—a secret that threatens a global criminal enterprise that is looting timeless treasures of antiquity and selling them to the highest bidder. But there is more to this network than just greed. A mysterious operative is plotting an act of sabotage that will plunge the world into a conflict of apocalyptic proportions. . . .
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