It’s refreshing to see a journalist go beyond the boundaries of a typical book review.

Reporting about Netflixed: The Epic Battle for America’s Eyeballs, due in stores Thursday, AP technology writer Michael Liedtke wasn’t too sure about at least one of the tidbits passed on by author Gina Keating. So he decided to check it out:

According to the book, [Netflix co-founders] Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph flew to Seattle sometime in 1998 to meet with Amazon.com Inc. CEO Jeff Bezos. The topic of discussion: a possible partnership. At one point, Hastings proposed that Amazon buy Netflix, only to be disappointed when Bezos offered a mere $12 million.

Netflix spokesman Jonathan Friedland told The Associated Press that the Amazon anecdote was “totally untrue.” Amazon declined comment.

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