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Amazon faces a serious challenge from Google, which has scanned some seven million books, many of them out of print. Google said last week that it would soon sell books from its publishing partners for reading on mobile devices like the iPhone from Apple and phones running Google’s Android operating system.
Addressing Google’s initiatives, Mr. Bezos said in an interview that Amazon knows what book buyers want and stressed the company’s digital catalog of 230,000 newer books and best sellers.
“We have tens of millions of customers buying books from us every day, and we know what it is that people want to read,” Mr. Bezos said.