AllthingsD has a post on an ex-employee giving The Everything Store 4 stars vs. Jeff Bezos’s wife Mackenzie Bezos’s 1 star.
One of the things I have learned being closer to media is how much written is not really that accurate. In one review of the book by an ex-amazon employee.
My biggest concern is that I have first-hand knowledge of many of the episodes in the book (high school, original web site, 9/11, earthquake, A9, Manber/Holden, Kindle, Netflix). Overall, from the parts that I know about, about 80% is correct and 20% isn't (often in details, but incorrect nonetheless). That, of course, taints my view of the book as a whole, because I have to assume that 20% of the stuff I don't have personal knowledge of is also incorrect.
That said, I would still recommend the book (and especially the picture of Jeff in High School!)
It is point well made give the lack of information on amazon.com as a business if 80% if correct is the book still worth reading. Most likely yes.
I ran into an old friend on the plane on Monday who is an ex-amazon early employee. We have had a good time discussing logistics methodologies. I think talking about the everything store book may be a good coffee conversation. Well, I guess that means I need to buy the book. Huh, maybe I’ll make The Everything Store the first purchase on my new Kindle HDX 8.9 I’ll get tomorrow.