How Jeff Bezos can help ‘Washington Post’

Six reasons Jeff Bezos’s purchase of ‘Washington Post’ is good for the paper
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First Published: Tue, Aug 06 2013. 09 09 AM IST
A file photo of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Bezos will buy the struggling ‘Washington Post’ newspaper from longtime owner the Graham family for $250 million. Photo: AFP
A file photo of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Bezos will buy the struggling ‘Washington Post’ newspaper from longtime owner the Graham family for $250 million. Photo: AFP
Updated: Tue, Aug 06 2013. 04 59 PM IST
New Delhi: Amazon.com Inc. chief executive officer Jeff Bezos agreed to buy the ‘Washington Post’ for $250 million, according to a statement on Tuesday. Here are six reasons why Bezos’s purchase of ‘Washington Post’ is good for the paper.
1. Bezos’ Amazon is a pioneer in selling books online and e-publishing.
2. Bezos himself has shown the kind of technology vision that can future-proof businesses to the extent they can be future-proofed.
3. As his track record at Amazon shows, Bezos is happy to grow a business without obsessing about quarterly numbers.
4. Bezos has the financial resources to do the right thing by the Washington Post newsroom.
5. New, non-traditional media background, owner; hoary media brand. There will surely be a honeymoon period. A long one.
6. And Bezos will be taking it private—the best structure for a media company.
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First Published: Tue, Aug 06 2013. 09 09 AM IST