Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated the year Amazon began considering a courier-style delivery system.In July 1995, Amazon.com sold its first book online, Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies by Douglas Hofstadter. Now you can hop online from your phone, download the e-book version, bid on a vintage couch on which to read it, and hire someone to explain the concepts to you — all with one click.In its 20 years, Amazon has been at the forefront of innovation, changing the way we shop, buy, read and live. From the sexy (drones) to the unsexy (cloud services), here are some of the major lifestyle disruptions that Amazon and its products have led.Bookselling: It seems so simple now (or so sinister, a la You’ve Got Mail) — an online book retailer that would mail you what you needed. But in the mid-’90s, Amazon was the first to break through to the general public. By 1997, Barnes & Noble was suing Amazon for claiming to be “the world’s largest bookstore.” Alas — in 2014, Amazon sold more than 60% of all books purchased online. And don’t forget, RIP Borders.One-click purchasing: See something you like? Click once and it’s on its way!… Read full this story
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