The secret to Amazon’s success? It’s constantly trying new things

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Quora is a fun and interesting tool sometimes. It’s kind of neat to see what sorts of things people might ask (though, admittedly, about 95% of the questions are completely banal), or what they might say in answer to your questions.

But sometimes a question on Quora can serve as a writing prompt to get you thinking. For example, my answer to someone asking “Why doesn’t Barnes and Noble have something similar to Kindle Unlimited for Nook?”

As I note in my answer, the better question might not be so much why Barnes & Noble didn’t, but why Amazon did. And that led to me recalling all the other things Amazon did. It seems that the key to Amazon’s success can be summed up in the title of a song from a recent Disney movie.

Remember how Amazon began? It was a simple little bookstore site devoted to…

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