When Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show last October to discuss the Kindle e-book reader, he mentioned in passing that he was reading a book on the history of cryogenics. Not your usual reading fare to be certain, even for a self-professed nerd like Bezos (and particularly when paired with the other book he said he was reading, Cormac McCarthy’s post-apocalyptic novel The Road).
That unusual reading choice prompted the Wall Street Journal to ask him about it today when Bezos was announcing the new version of the Kindle. It turns out his interest in cryogenics is tied to his spaceflight venture, Blue Origin:
And what about the reference he made on his October appearance on the Oprah Winfrey show to a book about cryogenics? “It’s a rocket book. Liquid hydrogen turns out to be a very important propellant. I am very interested in space exploration and started a company called Blue Origin that pursues that,” he said. “I didn’t think it was going to be the next Oprah Club pick, but I thought it was only fair to disclose some of my interests.”
And he’s right: that cryogenic book didn’t make the cut for Winfrey’s famous book club. But it will be sure to interest those trying to learn anything new about the ultra-secretive Blue Origin…