Jeff Bezos Bought a Bit More Than Just the Washington Post

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Aug. 5 2013 5:32 PM

Jeff Bezos Bought a Bit More Than Just the Washington Post  

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A woman leaves the Washington Post building after the sale of the newspaper was announced on Aug. 5, 2013, in Washington, D.C.

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Fresh paperwork filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission clarifies that although Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is not buying Slate, the Root, or Foreign Policy, he is buying a bit more than just the Washington Post:

“Post Business” means the publishing businesses conducted by the Seller and its subsidiaries, including publishing The Washington Post newspaper and the newspaper’s internet site washingtonpost.com; publishing Fashion Washington, Capital Business, the internet sites The Capitol Deal and Service Alley, Express (and its websites ExpressNightOut.com and ReadExpress.com), The Gazette Newspapers (and their website Gazette.net), Southern Maryland Newspapers (and their website SoMdNews.com), Fairfax County Times (and its website FairfaxTimes.com), military newspapers produced by Comprint Military Publications (and their websites DCMilitary.com and DCMilitaryFamLife.com), Apartment Showcase, New Homes Guide, New Condominium Guide, El Tiempo Latino and The Guide to Retirement Living Sourcebook; operating Washington Post Live and Washington Post News Media Services; operating a commercial printing and distribution business and a paper handling and storage business, including Comprint Printing; and the other operations conducted by the Seller and its subsidiaries within Post-Newsweek Media, LLC, Greater Washington Publishing, LLC and Robinson Terminal Warehouse, LLC, but excluding the business of publishing Slate Magazine, Slate V, TheRoot.com and Foreign Policy (and excluding the websites related to such publications and operating FP Events) and the other Excluded Assets.

That is to say that Bezos also bought the local Spanish-language paper, a number of small regional papers, and some ancillary classified-type publications that the Post puts out. I'm not really sure what the market for Apartment Showcase is these days, for example, but it's basically a big book full of apartment listings. A good way to find a place to rent in the days before Craigslist.

Matthew Yglesias is the executive editor of Vox and author of The Rent Is Too Damn High.

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