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November 22, 2012

Tim Ferriss and Amazon Try to Reinvent Publishing

Filed under: e-tailers — Tags: , , , , , , — Bookblurb @ 6:24 am

The official publication date for “The 4-Hour Chef” is Tuesday.

By DAVID STREITFELD

Tim Ferriss, the author of the “4-Hour” series of self-help books for young men, hails from the nutritional supplements world, where the product is going to rot in the warehouse unless customers feel it is going to change their lives forever right now. Amazon, more than just about any other large tech company, does not pretend it sees any value in the old order.

Bring these two elements together in the publication by Amazon of Mr. Ferriss’ new book, “The 4-Hour Chef,” and the result is a lot of noise, hype and anger, as well as some hints about the future of book publishing. Here are a few preliminary conclusions:

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