Amazon moves to front line of shaping ‘Web services’: We’re using the Amazon API on this site, so I can vouch for how cool it is.
“Over the past 16 months, Amazon has inspired about 30,000 developers to invent myriad ways to extend Amazon’s visibility on the Web. ‘Amazon basically hired the entire world to create Web services for them,’ says Calin Uioreanu, a Romanian tech engineer who in his spare time runs several online stores he created to funnel sales to Amazon.
Programmers ranging from hobbyists to skilled professionals have found ways to tie everything from text in word processing documents, to raw MP3 music files, to entries in online journals, called Weblogs, to items for sale on Amazon’s Web pages. The incentive: Amazon pays a 5% commission for any sale directed to its system.”