Much has been written about Jeff Bezos’ $250 million dollar acquisition of the Washington Post… but we are all still in the dark as to how the newspaper and Amazon might work together. Some worry that ownership of the Post gives Bezos “a big bully pulpit” to further his, and Amazon’s, causes.
Bezos said he will concentrate on his “day job” running Amazon and leave the current Post management in place. He had little to say about how the Post will change, although he said change will come and require experimentation. Amazon has become more aggressive about buying content and the creation of a relationship between Post columnists and reporters with Amazon Publishing is one possible move, as is using the archives of the Post to create new print and digital offerings.
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