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Inside the Giant Machine - An Amazon.com Story (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Kalpanik S. , Colin Zheng , Pamela Traphagen
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To celebrate the international success of this eBook - it is at #1 in its category in Kindle stores in several countries, we are offering it £0.77 in UK (€ 0,89 in Continental Europe) for for one week. The price will revert to £6.99 in UK (€ 9,50 in Continental Europe) after the promotional period is over.

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This third Edition has gone through extensive professional editing based on feedback on the previous editions. The chapters have been reorganized to give the book a more cohesive flow. Most of the photographs have been removed from the Kindle edition because of formatting and rendering issues, so any references to nice photographs apply to the color interior print edition.

Many of the reviews for this book are for the previous editions. The digital Kindle allows content providers to do an in-place replacement of the content, but there is no easy way to do "version" matching for reviews.


Behind Amazon's quirky smile logo lurks a cold and calculating giant machine. Author Kalpanik S. reveals his own smile as he tells the somewhat quirky story of his complex, and often hilarious, relationship with Amazon. From the sophisticated wit in his portrayal of the courtship period in "How To Get Hired By Amazon In Ten Days", to the dark humor of the disillusionment period in "The Cold, Calculating Machine", Kalpanik's story is more than just an insider's view of the giant machine known as Amazon.com. It's a modern, universal story of the uneasy relationship between an individual and today's gargantuan corporations. In the end, it is also a story of redemption for creative and freethinking individuals that define America.


I must confess that English is my third language, and even though I have employed three professional, native English editors, it is obvious-—even to me—that this book is written by a Foreign-born author.

Foreign-born or not, I believe I have a talent for storytelling, and I have converted a dull topic—the transformation of Amazon from a retail website to a marketplace—into an interesting, humorous and lively story.

This is more of a little book than a big one. Being a technologist, I tend to be concise. The printed edition of this book is 221 pages on an 8-by-5.25-inch paper size. This may be too little for a few readers, too much for others, and just right for some.

So, If you are looking for a 1,000-page treatise on Amazon written using ornate language, then this book may not be the right book for you. But you want a book which describes my unique personal experiences in a witty, clever and yet easy read, this is what you need.

Please note that this is AN Amazon Story, not THE Amazon Story. Only one Amazon employee can write THE Amazon Story - Jeff Bezos, but he is kind of busy, so you will have to settle for this eBook.

A book about Amazon can be pretty dry, so I have tried to add some humor. In my attempt to make this book funny, a few facts may have been stretched. I quote this passage from 21 Dog Years: Doing Time @ Amazon.com, written by Mike Daisey, a fellow Amazon alumnus–turned author:

“Some facts were injured in the telling of this story. The truth, however, remains unharmed.”

That applies to this book as well.


Kalpanik S.


As the author moves to Seattle to work for Amazon, he makes us feel that we are traveling with him, making us feel the vitality of the fast moving Tech world, we read the words on the page but live them in the theater of our imagination, feeling his every feeling. From author’s very emotional yearning for acceptance in a new city, his second immigration, to the hilarious piece on Seattle's slacker sun, I found this story to be funny and yet poignant .....John Lehman, Author

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 La maison Amazon vu de l'intérieur 7 novembre 2011
Par Lizzon
Format:Format Kindle
Un livre intéressant, un reminder pour ceux qui ont travaillé dans cette grande maison qu'est Amazon et une découverte pour les autres. A l'heure des grandes mutations ce livre est à lire !!!
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 No excuses... 7 janvier 2011
Par TuxGirl - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Note: review refers to the kindle edition, as read alternating between kindle and ipod touch.

I understand that English is not the author's first language, but that really doesn't make up for the quantity and types of mistakes in this second edition of the book. There are places where there are two commas. There is a chapter where the same paragraph, word-for-word, appears 3 separate times. There are words that are essential to the sentence that are dropped from the sentence, meaning that you have to actually guess what the author is trying to say.

Just because you can self-publish doesn't mean that you shouldn't at least read through and do basic editing. Much of this book read as though the author had not even taken the time to read through it once before clicking to submit it.

I wanted to like the book. Honestly, I do. I wanted to see what the author had to say about working for Amazon. Unfortunately, the author only spends a third or half of the book talking about working for Amazon, and spends the rest talking about Seattle, dancing with a random woman on Capitol Hill, etc.

Another note for those of you wanting to read this on the kindle app for ipod/iphone (and probably other apps as well): If you like to read with a black background, this book will be very painful to read. Somehow, the author has formatted it so that the text when viewed on the apps is navy blue. Changing the font-settings to set it with dark background and white text just changes it to have a black background with navy-blue text.

Please edit this book. I've fought part-way through the book, but I'm giving up now. It's not worth the trouble of trying to fight past the errors that permeate it.
9 internautes sur 11 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Interesting, but very painful to read 8 novembre 2010
Par Lynda L. True - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
The author had some good things to say about the culture of Amazon, but he desperately needed an editor. Someone to keep him on track, and to at least check for grammar and spelling errors. I've read blogs that were more professional.

For someone who states that they were in upper management positions, the writing is not professional. I had read the reviews before I purchased it, but I was still not prepared for it.

It's a good story, as far as it goes. The few dollars for a Kindle copy was okay, although I still feel a bit cheated. I'm not sure whether it was a poor conversion, or if someone just didn't proof the kindle copy, but there were several places where text was superimposed over text, and other places where pictures should have been visible, and captioned, but were neither.

It was most like eavesdropping on a conversation in a restaurant. Disjointed, and meandering, yet with occasional moments of insight into the culture that is Amazon.

Get a copy from the library. Save your money.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Basically a really long blog entry... 12 janvier 2012
Par Scott Legrand - Publié sur Amazon.com
A fews months ago, I bought this book hoping for some insight on what it was like to work at Amazon (I mean with a title like "Inside the Giant Machine" that seemed like a no-brainer, no?). But what I got instead was a monologue from some married dude in upper management that was precariously juggling work life with home life and likely dancing too close to pretty Seattle girls for his own good in his off-hours.

I could write something like this about almost every job I've ever had (mostly minus the pretty girls part though... Sigh). So I'd say the guy had it good and didn't realize it, ill-specified work issues notwithstanding. Had he only stayed at Amazon a few years longer, he'd be worth a serious chunk of change now. With that in mind, I suggest that he write a successor book called "Pulling Out Early: How I Went From a Paper Fortune to a Pauper Nomad."

In the meantime, it seems like no one has managed to write the equivalent of Google's "In The Plex" for Amazon, random Steve Yegge rant from the web notwithstanding. Where's Steven Levy when you need him? Not here.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Ugh! 18 décembre 2010
Par Devon L. - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
What a dud. I didn't realize that this is a self-published book until I started reading and saw how poorly written it is. Not only are there myriad typoes and grammatical errors, but the entire book is essentially one big ego trip for the author. Apparently they call it the "vanity press" for a reason. Anyone interested in actually learning anything about Amazon.com should look elsewhere. This book is a waste of money and time.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Not worth $3 12 août 2010
Par Jeff S. Barr - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This book is rife with typos and factual errors. The author didn't even manage to get Amazon's catch-phrase ("Work hard. Have fun. Make history.") right.

There's very little about his actual work in "the giant machine" (where I also happen to work) but plenty of overblown sentimentalization and an abundance of purple prose as he moves from city to city and job to job in pursuit of what he really cares about, a very important title.
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