AFD News: “Amazon buys the English language”
April 1, 2013 (AFD News)
Amazon (AMZN) announced today that it had purchased the English language from Webster & Johnson, for an undisclosed amount.
“We are pleased to become part of the Amazon family,” said Nosam Johnster, current CEO. “We want to assure our customers that we will continue to operate English, and do not anticipate any major changes. Amazon brings us the additional resources that we need to stay preeminent in a changing marketplace.”
Industry speculation is that this purchase comes in light of recent advances by Japanese in the global market.
While Amazon has not said anything specific about changes it might make, it is known to have had a light hand in other acquisitions. Despite a recent rumor from HEYIREADITONTHEWEB.com, it seems unlikely that the e-tailer would standardize the language across countries. As pointed out by Geebee Shaw in the New York Times, the current situation of being able to have multiple versions of the same book for different markets is likely a moneymaker for the e-tailer.
The Best Authors Haven (BAH) has issued a statement declaring that they were exploring legal options to counter the move, and that the end of the world was upon us.
The news comes on the heels of Apple’s recent buy of the language now styled iTaliano, and Google’s announcement that it was discontinuing support for its language platform, Esperanto, on July 27th.
Happy April Fool’s Day! :)
Update: you might also find this AmazonLocal deal interesting:
Update: thanks to my reader Bailey for this one:
Update: in a case of apparent parallel creativity, author Michael Bourne also published a piece this morning on Amazon purchasing English…
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.