And lo, in those years the shadow of the Amazonian reached forth from the dark, dread realm of the Internet to blight the world of print. Seeing the darkness rise and spread, the Six Lords of Publishing trembled in their towers to the East. They sought a champion, but found none; communed with the spirit of Gutenberg, and yet found no solace. Fearful, they reinforced the walls of their keeps, festooning them with banners that carried words of power:
“Fie on thee, Bezos, for readers love the smell of books.”
“Get thee behind me, epub, for readers love the feel of books.”
And Bezos responded with his own words of power: “Seventy-Nine dollars,” pronounced he, and the banners of the Six went for naught.
And in his dark tower, Bezos smiled, thinking to himself that the Six Lords too often looked behind rather than forward, and knowing that he, Dark Lord Bezos, would Kindle a Fire that one day would immolate every non-digital page on earth.
Or something like that. 🙂
In other news, I, for one, welcome our new Amazon overlords.