The blog post on Kimchi Taco points out the emerging importance of “operating at web scale.” This is apparent in many changing products and business models, particularly in the book publishing business as e-books replace print and Amazon puts brick-and-mortar book stores out of business. I think the most important aspect of operating at web scale, and the implementation of metadata, is being able to connect people with resources they seek. Amazon has done this so well, the products it sells are almost irrelevant; the power of Amazon is not in product creation but in product connection. How will this play out in the book publishing business where we hope product creation in any form, be it digital or print, remains the focus? Recent stats on book sales show e-book sales plateauing and print hard-back books increasing again — who would’ve thought? This just further illustrates the point that digital possibilities reside not necessarily in the thing sought but in connecting a person to the thing he/she seeks.