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I don't want to use my creative energy on somebody else's user interface.
The thing that motivates me is a very common form of motivation. And that is, with other folks counting on me, it's so easy to be motivated.
A company shouldn't get addicted to being shiny, because shiny doesn't last.
I very much believe the Internet is indeed all it is cracked up to be.
The one thing that offends me the most is when I walk by a bank and see ads trying to convince people to take out second mortgages on their home so they can go on vacation. That's approaching evil.
I think the definition of a book is changing.
You don't want to negotiate the price of simple things you buy every day.
You're not going to make Hemingway better by adding animations.
The killer app that got the world ready for appliances was the light bulb. So the light bulb is what wired the world. And they weren't thinking about appliances when they wired the world. They were really thinking about - they weren't putting electricity into the home. They were putting lighting into the home.
I'm skeptical of any mission that has advertisers at its centerpiece.
Mediocre theoretical physicists make no progress. They spend all their time understanding other people's progress.
If you don't understand the details of your business you are going to fail.
Millions of people were inspired by the Apollo Program. I was five years old when I watched Apollo 11 unfold on television, and without any doubt it was a big contributor to my passions for science, engineering, and exploration.
I don't know about you, but most of my exchanges with cashiers are not that meaningful.
I like having the digital camera on my smart phone, but I also like having a dedicated camera for when I want to take real pictures.
I think that, ah, I'm a very goofy sort of person in many ways.
I'm a big fan of all-you-can-eat plans, because they're simpler for customers.
We expect all our businesses to have a positive impact on our top and bottom lines. Profitability is very important to us or we wouldn't be in this business.
Market leadership can translate directly to higher revenue, higher profitability, greater capital velocity, and correspondingly stronger returns on invested capital.
Percentage margins don't matter. What matters always is dollar margins: the actual dollar amount. Companies are valued not on their percentage margins, but on how many dollars they actually make, and a multiple of that.
If you do build a great experience, customers tell each other about that. Word of mouth is very powerful.
My view is there's no bad time to innovate.
Ebooks had to happen.
For people who are readers, reading is important to them.
The book is not really the container for the book. The book itself is the narrative. It's the thing that people create.
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