New York, NY (PRWEB) December 29, 2011
The Center of Artificial Imagination announced today that the Kindle (tm) book “Inside the Giant Machine: Confessions of a Former Amazon.com Technologist” (revision 2.3) is at the top of Kindle’s Hot New Releases list for the eCommerce category.
In this book, the author Kalpanik S. describes the good, the bad, and the ugly about working for the eCommerce Giant, Amazon, from his own personal experience. The book, with its tongue-in-cheek humor, is not always complimentary about the management and business practices of Amazon.
While “Inside the Giant Machine” covers Amazon’s whole history, it gets especially detailed in the parts where it talks about Amazon's successful transformation from a retailer to a marketplace supporting thousands of sellers, as this transformation occurred while the author was employed with the company.
Linda Linguvic, an Amazon Hall of Fame reviewer, recently posted her review of the Kindle edition of the book, giving it a 4-star rating. In her review, she stated that by reading this book on her Kindle, she learned several new things about her favorite website, Amazon.com. She notes that the India-born author, who realized his dream by working in the technology industry in Silicon Valley, describes his move to Seattle well, neatly capturing in his narrative Seattle’s warm, comfortable, and bright summers and its drizzling winters with gray overcast skies. She also calls the author’s account of Amazon’s work environment “especially interesting,” noting the detailed description of the lengthy and demanding interview procedure the author had gone through. She reflects that this demanding work culture is probably what it took for Amazon.com to build the mammoth business machinery it is so well known for today.
In his review of the printed edition of the book (published under the title “Inside the Giant Machine: An Amazon.com Story”), George A. Butler describes how “each of the hundreds of times” he purchased something at Amazon.com, he wondered at how smart they must have been, these people who got it working in the first place. Expressing his awe at how big and how quickly Amazon has evolved, he says the author’s depiction of the company now makes him feel towards it as he would feel towards a chess-playing software that can win against human players: “You acknowledge its superiority but don't admire it.” He adds that the author’s description of Amazon’s work culture is believable because the author had been a technical manager at Amazon, so he had obviously “been around the block.”
The Kindle edition of the book can be downloaded by at “Inside the Giant Machine: Confessions of a Former Amazon.com Technologist.” The printed edition of the book, “Inside the Giant Machine: An Amazon.com Story,” can be purchased online at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, and other online and brick-and-mortar book retailers.
About Kalpanik S.
Kalpanik S. was born in India, where he studied computer science at a prominent engineering college. He came to the USA in the late 1980s on a fellowship from the University of California to do graduate level research in computer science. After completing his studies, Kalpanik worked at both large technology companies and small startups in Silicon Valley and in Seattle. During that time, he kept a journal about his journey though the United States, and he finally decided to get it published.
Kalpanik (pronounced as KAAL-pah-nik) means “imaginary” in Hindi. The author uses a pen name to allow him to separate his literary identity from his professional identity.
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