The Kindle Fire isn’t even due to ship to consumers for another month, but already it has attracted its first patent suit. Smartphone Technologies LLC, which as far as we can tell doesn’t actually make anything, has sued Amazon for infringing on four of its patents. These patents seem to describe operating a touchscreen device by tapping on icons; apparently that’s a real patent.
Amazon has always been coy when it come to releasing sales numbers, and the case of the new Kindle Fire is no exception. But if the newest leak is to be believed, someone working for the company is a little less secretive. A spreadsheet detailing the pre-orders to this point shows some incredible numbers. In just five days, over 250,000 Kindle Fires have been ordered.
Part for part and with manufacturing costs taken into account, Amazon appears to be losing $10 for every Kindle Fire tablet it sells, according to a build of materials (BOM) estimate IHS iSuppli put together. The reason Amazon can afford to sell hardware at a loss -- if in fact the mega online retailer really is losing money -- is because it will make up for it in services and sales after the fact. If the numbers are correct, Amazon will have to make up $950,000 just to account for the first day of pre-order sales.
Amazon’s Kindle Fire could easily be considered one of the worst kept secrets in the tech industry. Almost every detail was known about the device prior to the announcement in New York last week except one, the price. Analysts were expecting it to land somewhere in the $200-$300 range, but were almost universally stunned when CEO Jeff Bazos announced they would be coming in at the low end of that estimate. At just $199 how much money is Amazon making per device? Well, according to iSuppli, they are actually losing about $10 per tablet.
Holy crap, we're covered in Kindles. As of today there are six different Kindles you can choose from at 11 different price-points. How ever will you decide? Here's a quick look at all of 'em, and our pre-release pick.
With the advent of E-readers like the Kindle, the publishing industry has been blown wide open. Before, getting your book in front of somebody meant flying to New York and scaling the granite walls of giant publishing houses. Failing that, you could always go to some shady vanity publishing company, but their primary concern was separating you from your hard-earned money.
Nowadays it's much easier to get your work into the hands of your eager audience. Whether you're looking to publish the next great American novel or just want to get your family cookbook on the Kindle, we'll show you how you can use a couple of free tools to get your work on the Amazon bookstore.
Amazon officially entered the tablet sweepstakes today by unveiling the Kindle Fire, a 7-inch slate that will compete against Apple's iPad in a smaller form factor that costs much less. The online retailer announced during a live press event in New York this morning that the Kindle Fire will cost $199, while other details are still trickling to the Web.
Tomorrow's shaping up to be a big day for Amazon, assuming all those reports turn out to be true. Word on the Web is that Amazon will officially unveil its first tablet, which TechCrunch says will be called the "Kindle Fire." Think of it as Amazon's answer to Barnes & Nobles' Nook Color, only perhaps a bit more versatile and, according to reports, with the backing of several major magazine publishers. Here's what we know so far.
Amazon has officially cut the ribbon on its library lending program for Kindle. If you live near one of the more than 11,000 participating local libraries and have a library card, you can check out eBooks from your Kindle or Kindle app similar to the way you borrow dead tree equivalents, only you don't need to leave your couch.
While book publishers have been, for the most part, friendly to the idea of e-books – at least since the rise of the Kindle and its ilk – the shift from dead trees to lively pixels still scare many in the industry. Meanwhile, on the TV and movie front, streaming providers like Hulu Plus have been bucking heads with traditional content producers who are fearful of devaluing their content. A new report says Amazon’s looking to take all those anxieties and mix them up in one big worry stew by introducing a Netflix-like subscription e-book service to Amazon Prime accounts.