Sunday December 15, 2019

Weekend Book reading: Four books to mull over

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Embark on a new vision for India-Indonesia relations in the 2015-2025 decade, a boy’s plight to fulfil his father’s last wish, a girl’s journey from being a tomboy to a reluctant woman in progress; a love story of two opposites that ends on a bittersweet and poignant note. Check out these books for your weekend reading:

1. Book: Masala Bumbu; Edited by Gurjit Singh; Publisher: Berita Satu; Pages: 229; Price: Not Specified

Written by Indian Ambassador to Indonesia Gurjit Singh, the book is a labor of love on how the relationship between two countries can be intensified.

Published to mark last year’s ‘Sahabat India’ festival, it serves as the platform for a broader agenda for future cooperation and intensification of the India-Indonesia relationship.

2. Book: Daddy’s Boy; Author: Shandana Minhas; Publisher: HarperCollins; Pages: 219; Price: Rs. 499

Asfandyar Ikram, the protagonist had no idea of his father Anis Nabi’s existence till the day he learns of his death. He arrives in Karachi for the last rites and discovers his father had some last wishes, but which are kept secret by the deceased’s three friends.

Instead, a mysterious woman arrives to distract him. Will Asfandyar be able to uncover his father’s wishes? Read to know!

3. Book: The Spectacular Miss; Author: Sonia Bahl; Publisher: FingerPrints; Pages: 234; Price: Rs. 250

Eight-year-old Nira had only one over-powering wish – to be a boy. She steps into her brother’s clothes and becomes the gang leader of neighborhood boys.

Her family shapes her personality and a poignant relationship with her brother’s best friend shapes her life. The book compiles a hilarious journey of Nira, her growing up as a tomboy and turning into a reluctant woman in progress,

4. Book: You are the Best Wife: A True Love Story; Author: Ajay K Pandey; Publusher: Srishti Publishers; Pages: 240 Price: Rs. 175

Ajay and Bhavna are people with contradictory ideologies who fall in love. While Ajay believes in living for self, Bhavna teaches him to live for others. But destiny has other plans for them.

Based on a true story, the book conveys the heart-warming story of Ajay and Bhavna, how Bhavna’s last words became a strength for Ajay who lives to fulfil his promise of love. (IANS)

  • Shriya Katoch

    Books truly are humans best friends. Relaxing in with a book is the high point of everyone;s weekends

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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)