The Guardian and Observer ranked the 100 most-influential people in the UK's book industry. Who came out on top? Not a big surprise: Jeff Bezos.
As Amazon's CEO, he's used to going where no one has gone before, not least with Kindle, which is his firm's bestselling item, far outstripping the books, DVDs and other items that the company's been shipping to our doors since 1994. Its success has fuelled the fastest growth that Amazon has experienced in a decade, with sales figures increasing by 51% in the three months up to June 2011. And the advantages the device offers – portability combined with impressive battery life, instant access to Amazon's vast stock and comparative cheapness – multiply as more and more publishers wouldn't dream of releasing a new title without its ebook version.
-The Guardian, September 23, 2011