Saturday December 7, 2019

Books For The Weekend: Take on urban youth, personal experiences and Bengal

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New Delhi: We bring you good reads of the weekend with books pertaining to various genres- translated work of a self-declared anti-writer who uses montages and other cinematic techniques for his stories; and a teacher’s memoir that takes the reader down memory lane of unconditional support from his students, among others.

There’s also a journalist’s understanding of the concerns of urban youth presented with puns and wit; finally, a real estate developer’s memoir that takes a hard look at the sector in India. Here’s what Books This Weekend has to offer you. Read on!

1. Book: Wild Animals Prohibited; Author: Subimal Misra, Translated by V Ramaswamy; Publisher: Harper Perennial; Pages: 265; Price: Rs.375

Originally written by Subimal Mishra who is a master of contemporary alternative in Bengali literature and known for his anti-establishment writing, the book is a record of the dark history of violence and degeneration in West Bengal of the 1970s and 1980s.

A collection of 25 stories translated by V Ramaswamy, the book unfolds the continuous evolution of Misra’s writing as he searches for a form to do justice to the reality.

2. Book: Love Affection and Respect; Author: M S Neelakantan; Publisher: Notionpress; Pages: 259; Price: Rs.310
A beautifully written memoir, the book takes readers down memory lane of a teacher who shares best bonds with his students, who stood beside him no matter where they landed, who went out of their way to be there for a teacher when he needed support.

Replete with nostalgia and eloquence, the book compels you to make a call to your favourite teacher. A must-read memoir for any reader, the book takes you back to the 1990s.

3. Book: Name Place Animal Thing; Author: Mayank Shekhar; Publisher: FingerPrint; Pages: 414; Price: Rs.250
Today’s urban youth have several concerns ranging from city, cinema, stardom and religion to cops, cigarette smoking, social drinking and social media. Mayank Shekhar’s latest book is whacky yet insightful and takes on India’s desi and popular culture.

The book captures the essence of urban youth’s spirit with Shekhar’s characteristic wit and razor-sharp observations to simultaneously inform, amuse and irritate. Written with profound observational depth on varied topics, the book is a must read!

4. Book: Inside Unreal Estate; Author: Sushil Kumar Sayal; Publisher: Penguin; Pages: 212; Price: Rs.499
Beginning his career with small-time players, the author was disillusioned with the shady dealings of the sector and started looking to work for bigger companies. In his work experience of 30 years, Sayal has worked with many established houses like Mahindra and Ansals.

The book recounts how the real estate sector went from being a ‘dirty business’ run by small time builders to the playing field of corporate powerhouses. Full of anecdotes, some witty and others disturbing, this fast-paced memoir takes a hard look at the real estate sector in India. (IANS)

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Here’s Why CEO Jeff Bezos Decided Books to be Amazon’s First Product

The store also sells Amazon electronics, including the Amazon Kindle e-book reader, Kindle Fire tablet series, the Amazon Echo, and the Amazon Fire TV

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Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and owner of Blue Origin. (Wikimedia commons)

Do you know why Jeff Bezos decided to sell books, and not CDs, online 22 years ago? A rediscovered 1997 video has revealed why the richest man of Earth chose books over CDs to be Amazon’s first product.

Rediscovered by analyst Brian Roemmele and shared on Twitter, the video shows a young Bezos speaking during a 1997 “Special Libraries Conference”.

“I picked books as the first best product to sell online, making a list of like 20 different products that you might be able to sell.

“Books were great as the first best because books are incredibly unusual in one respect, that is that there are more items in the book category than there are items in any other category by far.

“Music is number two, there are about 200,000 active music CDs at any given time. But in the book space there are over 3 million different books worldwide active in print at any given time across all languages, more than 1.5 million in English alone. So when you have that many items you can literally build a store online that couldn’t exist any other way,” Bezos says in the video.

The Amazon Founder and CEO who is worth $110 billion today said Amazon was able to capture people’s attention by giving them something that had real value – an online marketplace that made shopping easy.

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Hindi language added to Amazon messaging assistant for Indian users. Pixabay

“The June 1997 video is notable too because just a month earlier, Amazon went public for only $18 a share. As of yesterday’s close, Amazon was worth $1,778 per share,” TechRepublic reported on Wednesday.

Not just selling books online, Amazon has 526 physical retail locations globally, including 19 Amazon Books stores.

The company opened its first physical book store in Seattle’s University shopping centre in 2015.

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The first location in Seattle had approximately 5,000 titles stocked on its bookshelves, using shelf space to display the covers of books facing outwards instead of spines.

According to Amazon, the decision was made to showcase the authors and their work, rather than efficient use of space.

The store also sells Amazon electronics, including the Amazon Kindle e-book reader, Kindle Fire tablet series, the Amazon Echo, and the Amazon Fire TV. (IANS)