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The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon

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The definitive story of, one of the most successful companies in the world, and of its driven, brilliant founder, Jeff Bezos. started off delivering books through the mail. But its visionary founder, Jeff Bezos, wasn't content with being a bookseller. He wanted Amazon to become the everything store, offering limitless selection and seductive convenienc
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Published October 15th 2013 by Little, Brown and Company
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Kristal Cooper I have, several times, and loved it. Best corporate job ever. There's individual competition but still a strong feeling of teamwork. The focus is on d…moreI have, several times, and loved it. Best corporate job ever. There's individual competition but still a strong feeling of teamwork. The focus is on doing your absolute best work to make the customer happy.(less)
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Jan 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business
I had heard scuttlebutt that the book was hostile to Amazon. I didn't find that to be the case at all. In fact, it increased my admiration for Jeff and what he and his team have accomplished.

To be sure, it is incomplete and doubtless has many inaccuracies, but it gives insight into the mind of a remarkable man and the company he has built - a company with profound influence on the present and future shape of our society.

After Steve Jobs died, everyone was saying "Will we ever see his like again?
La Petite Américaine
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon is perfect for a specific group of people: job-seekers.

If you're currently looking for work, pick up a copy of this book, as it does convey a very important message. That is, never work at Amazon. And no, that message is not just for prospective employees who are thinking of braving the Jungle-esque conditions of the distribution centers. The message is for anyone thinking of joining any part of the company: never work at Amazon.

If you're
Mal Warwick
Nov 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction

I confess: I read this book on my Kindle — my eighth Kindle, no less! — and of course I bought the book from As I have practically every other book I’ve read over the past eight or ten years. And I have to admit that I’ve bought lots of other stuff from the company over the years, including some really expensive items. Not so much because of the low prices, though I hardly object to them, as because of One-Click ordering, Amazon Prime, and the exceptionally good
Nov 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I placed my first book order at Amazon in 1999. I was living in Ann Arbor at the time, within walking distance of the flagship Borders store. Because new books were expensive, I mostly shopped at a used book store down the street instead. The selection was unpredictable, but I loved browsing their overflowing shelves and finding titles that were harder to track down, either because they were old or out of print.

Amazon's selection certainly wowed me, and there were times that I did want a new bo
Andrej Karpathy
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of and how it became a ~$500B company. The book is fun and engaging to read. The chapters focus on painting a picture of Jeff Bezos and his philosophy, and the various adversities that the company has faced over its 20 years of existence. I am generally not a huge fan of worship-fiction (which is very common when it comes to books about "visionary founders"), but luckily this book is only about 50% that. The other 50% is a genuinely fun read about Amazon's beginnings ...more
Jennifer (formerly Eccentric Muse)
I really want to read this. I'm not kidding; this is not a protest review, or a thinly veiled taunt for deletion so as to provide fodder for the Hydra. That ship has sailed for me, and I find myself today starting to contemplate my own next steps vis-a-vis my increasingly tenuous participation on this site. And yet here I still am.

I want to understand what is happening, and why, to the goodreads that I love. There are not too many (are there?) who would disagree that a key, if not the key, is in
Bob Mayer
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazon is both “missionary and mercenary” and is a line from Brad Stone, the author of The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon. That to me sums this book up.

Given recent events, aka Hachette-Amazon, it’s required reading for anyone involved in the publishing industry. I think Amazon customers should also read it.

Also, I suggest reading the reviews written by some of the people mentioned in the book, including Mr. Bezos wife. But only after reading the book.

I’m a bit surprised at
Sep 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The cover of this book is actually a pretty good visual summary of what you find inside: a great look at Amazon and Jeff Bezos but with the real man (frustratingly) only coming through in part. While Jeff Bezos gave his support to the book, he didn't participate in the way that Steve Jobs did with Walter Isaacson's book. And it shows. So, for that reason, the book doesn't accomplish its goal of being "the definitive book" of Amazon.

Also, I found the book jumped around a lot so I'd sometimes won
Nov 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, biography
The professional Jeff Bezos (pronounced BAY-zohs not BEE-zohs) is a hard-ass, bad-ass, or a superlative-free just plain ass. I’m not judging, just sayin’. It’s all perspective. If you are an employee or competitor, watch out. If you are a customer, you can count on an advocate with an obsession for customer service and getting the lowest prices anywhere.

Like today’s political environment, my impression of Amazon (no longer is that it is polarized—people either love or hate the compan
Yesenia Cash
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting, so much information which puts you down a informative spiral webbing marvelously outward! So much to learn from this non bias book about Amazons founder Jeff Bezos
Riku Sayuj
Reading about start-ups and founders is part of the cultural education of our era. Even if you are not interested in the business side of things, these books are still required reading since you have to study the idols and the paragons of society to understand the aspirations and the class definitions. Jeff Bezos is right up there with the other founder-luminaries as an aspirational, charismatic goalpost to reach towards. Starting something of your own is easily the most self-fulfilling goal all ...more
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wish the book had been a bit more critical of Bezos and Amazon, but it was still really interesting to read about the development of Amazon and how it differs from the other tech companies. For one, Bezos was a finance guy--not a tech guy. I did not realize that.

Also, what's fascinating to me is that both Bezos and Musk just really really badly want humanity to go to Mars. Like if that's the goal, of course you have to take over the world first. Good luck with that guys.
Maciej Nowicki
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Everything Store by Brad Stone talks about e-commerce by chronicling the story of Amazon and its founder, Jeff Bezos. Bezos once was named the top technology CEO in the US and as you might guess there is a lot of knowledge to learn from the reading. The book describes how Amazon was run at the beginning, how it went through the dot-com bubble in the 2000s when a lot of internet companies went bankrupt and, of course how it has evolved into one of the biggest and well-respected e-stores and n ...more
Kwame Carlor
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you enjoy business books, the Everything Store is perfect. An online bookstore headquartered in a Washington garage in 1994 is now considered by many to be the most innovative company in the world. The Everything Store perfectly encapsulates the culture that Jeff Bezos wanted and the journey through some of the brightest innovations all derived from the Amazon Mission: be earth's most customer-centric company; to build a place where people can come to find and discover anything they might wan ...more
Brendan Monroe
Jeff Bezos: job-creating, customer-focused superman or employee-berating, small business-destroying super villain?

Jeff Bezos is one of the most controversial figures in modern-day America because he's both - both a self-made billionaire and a scourge to independent retailers everywhere. The man who founded the empire that is Amazon Inc. is a self-made man who fully buys into America's "the customer is always right" mantra and a man who epitomizes the cruel corporate obsession with profits.

Jonathan Leblang
Oct 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found the book interesting and informative, to see how an outsider views both Jeff and Amazon. Of course, as with any book where the subject is not an active participant, the book is slanted toward those episodes where Stone can find someone to talk about them. And of course, he includes that which supports his thesis.

I found the discussion about his biological father to be sensationalistic -- and unnecessarily intrusive to Jeff's family (both his real family and his biological father's family
Ken Liu
May 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon on the way home from San Jose, and really enjoyed it.

I was a bit skeptical about this book, as there have been accusations from MacKenzie Bezos (Jeff's wife) and others that the book contains numerous factual inaccuracies. The edition I read appears to have corrected some of these inaccuracies (e.g., MacKenzie objected to the assertion that Bezos read Remains of the Day before deciding to leave D.E. Shaw to start Amazon in order t
Dec 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookclub, nonfiction
4 stars - It was great. I loved it.

I think Jeff is one of the most capable and effective founders ever, and I think the Amazon juggernaut is still in its early stages. ~Joy Covey

Overall a fascinating story of the determined underdog coming out on top. While it does get bogged down in a few places with excessive technical or legal details, this was a really engaging read. I particularly found the more personal stories around Bezos to be fascinating and thoroughly enjoyed learning more about the b
Jorrit Van der Meulen
very fast read - having lived many of the situations. i don't think the portrayal of jeff was near balanced enough. he is relentless in his customer obsession and that's at the cornerstone of everything. i have been in uncomfortable meetings with him. but, i cannot hoestly say that i have ever been in unfair meetings with him. when i did things or led things that made that vein on his forhead pop out, in the end, it was pretty apparent in hindsight (for me) that i'd amde a mistake. so, he was ri ...more
Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business
There's an art to writing the business biography. This one couldn't figure out whether it was the Bezos story or the Amazon story, even though the two are intertwined, and didn't do an entirely perfect job of either. Amazon's very early startup days were short on detail, whereas the more proximal later ultra-competitive years were well described. Bezos's personality is explored but not charted. A book that opens as many questions as it answers.

What it does paint, though, is fascinating. Jeff Bez
May 23, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-books
Ah yes. The book that launched a bitter and brutal flame war between Hachette and How could I not read it?

I have to say, it took me awhile to realize what Jeff Bezos's problem was with the book. Because, well... from everything else I've read about Amazon, this shit is accurate. Don't like being characterized as a perfectionist, demanding, dictatorial genius? Then don't be one, Jeff Bezos. Don't like having your company's methods of skirting around established trade laws become know
Arun Divakar
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The delivery vehicles from Amazon and their piles of shipments are familiar sights for me at the workplace. The sales volume being made just from this one small workplace and in extension, this small city in Southern India can be extrapolated to fully appreciate Amazon’s reach in India. Back in 1994-95, when Michael Crichton’s Airframe went on sale, Crichton was hot property in India following the runaway success of Jurassic Park. When writing about Crichton a Malayalam newspaper quoted in a sin ...more
Nguyen Linh Chi
Nov 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I tend to avoid business books with fancy title such as Think and Grow Rich or Rich Dad, Poor Dad because business cannot be all things to all people. I usually reach for books about specific organizations, and this book is the fourth one for this topic.

Amazon is a revolutionary business model which sells everything online and gradually replace normal brick-and-mortal stores. A lot of Amazon's marketing strategies have been learnt and applied by other e-commerce sites, especially for book retail
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
It was great that thanks to Bezos, the book acknowledged the existence of narrative bias in all such writings and came out less "worshipy" than Vance's Musk biography. But then this book was more about Amazon than Bezos himself, so probably unfair to compare.
Amazon did not come off as a fun or nice place to work.
This book is as much about Jeff Bezos as it's about Amazon. In a sense, Amazon is Jeff Bezos. It's shaped in his goals and style. This is good if you're (like me) are used to the Jeff Bezos you saw in product launches and interviews; smart, awkward, and nerdy. However, in this book, you get to meet another Jeff Bezos; bottom-line, cut-throat, wall-street type.
I've read about a lot of tech company leaders and this is the one I was surprised the most when I knew more about him.
The book offers a lo
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I never thought a business book could be so thrilling!

It was a true page-turner and a fascinating journey into the history of Amazon and Bezos, as they're completely dependent upon one another.

The storytelling is fantastic and the level of details reveals the enormous amount of work behind the pages.

There are some great lessons to be learnt as well and some passages made me question some things about my own professional and business life, which is what I really want from any book.

Do read it!
Apr 25, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business, biography
This is a comprehensive account of the origins and growth of Amazon up through about 2012. On the one hand, it's fascinating to hear the author's predictions of Amazon's future based on his perspective in 2012, most of which have come true. On the other hand, I feel like parts of the book could use updating to account for myriad changes in the last 9 years.

It's difficult to categorize this book because it's half biography (covering everything from Bezos' childhood to his quirks as CEO) and half
Parth Agrawal
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"It's easier to invent the future than to predict it"- Alan Kay

This quote describes it all in a nutshell as to what lead to the formation of , today what we know as, Amazon. "The everything store" is a brilliant archive of how a nascent idea of building a customer-obsessed corporation consummated into the biggest e-tailer of all time.

Amazon is one of those brands that has become a household name today. There are some very interesting decisions undertaken which have made this brand formation pos
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As an shopper and the owner of a Kindle, I thought this would be an interesting read, and for the most part it was. I enjoyed the product development stories best: the "Look Inside" feature, Prime membership, the Kindle, etc. I didn't particularly enjoy reading the business information as much, such as stock prices and profit margins.

This book was published in 2014 and did not include any information about acquiring Goodreads, or about more recent developments such as purchasing Whole
Sep 19, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, tech
Overall I did enjoy this book. The question of accuracy really can't be answered by anyone besides the Man himself (not even his wife, I'd say). It paints a more detailed picture of Amazon, it's people, and the challenges it faced (with some mentions of its current and future issues) than any other book. If you're going to read one book about Amazon, I would probably recommend this one over One Click Jeff Bezos and the Rise of, mainly because Stone paints a much bigger picture here th ...more
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I am the senior executive editor for global technology coverage at Bloomberg and the author of "Amazon Unbound: Jeff Bezos and the Invention of a Global Empire," published in May 2021 by Simon and Schuster.

The book is a sequel to my earlier work, "The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon," which won the Book of the Year Award in 2013 from The Financial Times and Goldman Sachs. I'm a

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