Amazon keeps the exact number of Kindle’s sold under wraps, but since we know it been the bestselling item on the website for two years running, it’s not hard to imagine that it leads the pack in the e-reader market. The Nook was slowly nibbling away at its market share prior to the price cut, but the only real advantage competitors had left was a presence at brick and mortar stores, something Amazon is finally going to change.
Best Buy & Staples will be getting all three Kindle variants heading into the fall giving consumers a chance to test Amazon’s best against the Nook, Sony Reader, and several other lower end e-book devices. This isn’t the first time the Kindle has hit retail stores, but it is a first for this generation of device. Placing the Kindle in the retail channel is understandably a difficult decision for a company that has built its entire business model around selling via the web, but one that ultimately can only help move more devices.
The decision is likely a result of the Kindle team being divided into two parts, one devoted to selling books and the other to selling hardware. Each team can make decisions to further each section of the business without worrying about the impact on the other end. Giving consumers a chance to check out the Kindle in person is a wise decision, and one that will likely pay off well going into the holiday season.
No official date has been given for stock to arrive at either Best Buy or Staples, but we imagine this is a result of the current backorder situation on the website.
If you were planning on getting a Kindle from Amazon today, think again. The popular eReader is showing as "out of stock" on Amazon's website, and no estimated ship date is available. There are three competing theories about just what is going on here. First, Amazon just wasn't able to keep up with demand, and there's a temporary supply problem. Second, this is just a system glitch and nothing more. The final, and most interesting possibility, there is a new Kindle about to stealth launch.
The last time the Kindle was "sold out" was back when the Kindle 2 debuted. Amazon was very straight forward with customers about when the new version would ship, but no word this time around. There have been rumors that a new "Kindle 3" was on the way with the sharper Pearl eInk display that the new Kindle DX is using.
There's no telling what's up just yet, but stay tuned for more. Feel free to offer up your best guess of what's going on.
We'll skip the obligatory intro that talks about how size matters in these situations and instead cut right to the chase - Amazon this morning introduced a new version of its Kindle DX, as well as a new lower price of $379, down from $489. The revamped Kindle DX is not only more affordable than ever, but bigger than before and features a new graphite enclosure and a significantly improved e-ink display with a superior contrast ratio.
"There's no turning back once you read on our beautiful new Knidle DX screen," said Steve Kessel, senior vice president, Amazon Kindle. "With 50 percent better contrast and darker fonts, you'll find it easier than ever to read wherever you happen to be, whether it's outside in bright sunlight or under the low light of your living room. We're excited to offer the new Kindle DX with free 3G wireless at the lower price of $379.
The screen measures 9.7 inches and, according to Amazon, is ideally suited for graphic rich books, PDFs, newspapers, magazines, and blogs. It comes with 4GB of internal storage (which boils down to about 3.3GB left over from the integrated software), which Amazon says is enough to hold up to 3,500 books.
This is the latest development in an ongoing price war that was sparked just over a week ago when Barnes and Noble lowered the cost of its 3G Nook to $199 and introduced a Wi-Fi model at $149. Hours later, Amazon responded with a price cut of its own, reducing the Amazon's cost of entry to $189. Where things go from here is anyone's guess, but it's quickly becoming clear that vendors are looking to aggressively promote ebook readers as relevant hardware as we start to move into the tablet era.
Amazon's newest Kindle DX will be available July 7, with pre-orders now being taken.
The cat was already out of the bag yesterday thanks to a trigger-happy webmaster at Amazon, but today the Kindle maker officially introduces the Kindle DX with Global Wireless. This new version of the 9.7-inch wireless e-book reader now offers wireless content delivery in over 100 countries, Amazon says.
"Kindle DX is great for personal and professional documents, cookbooks, and textbooks -- anything that is highly formatted. Documents look so good on the big Kindle DX display, that you'll find yourself changing ink toner cartridges less often and printing fewer documents," said Ian Freed, Amazon.com Vice President, Amazon Kindle. "Now Kindle DX with Global Wireless lets customers enjoy the ease of Whispernet wireless delivery of books, newspapers, magazines, blogs, and documents while traveling in over 100 countries worldwide."
In case you missed the original DX the first time around, this larger-screen e-reader offers 2.5 times the surface area of the Kindle's 6-inch display and includes 16 shades of gray.
The Global Wireless version is available for preorder for $489 and will start shipping on January 19.
Amazon is betting the future of textbooks lies in e-ink, not paper, but even more evidence is mounting to suggest that they still have some work to do before the device is accepted universally. The Kindle DX which comes with a slightly larger screen than most eBook readers, along with a $489 price tag aims to reduce the burden of carrying dozens of books from class to class, but its shortcomings have some students ready to trade back down to the dead tree edition according to the Associated Press. "I like the aspect of writing something down on paper and having it be so easy and just kind of writing whatever comes to my mind," says Claire Becerra, a freshman at Arizona State University. Becerra further complained that notes made on the device often didn’t make sense because they were laced with typos and she relies more heavily on the highlighter tool as a result.
When asked how the device could be improved Madeline Kraizel, a freshman at Case Western Reserve University said a better system for managing bookmarks was needed, and a way that page numbers could remain consistent, so both teacher and student could reference material properly. Other students suggested that reading PDF files was often difficult, and if they weren’t formatted properly, zooming in to make the text readable didn’t always work.John Sherman, a first-year MBA student at the University of Virginia, claims that he still finds himself printing off case studies delivered in PDF format about half the time. "For the cases that require a lot of calculations, I find paper cases to be better," says Sherman, 31. "For me, it helps to scribble my thoughts in the margins."
It wasn’t all bad news for Amazon mind you. Students generally liked the concept behind the initiative, and many made use of some of the more unique features such as text to speech, allowing them to study more often. So, do you think the future of textbooks lies in e-Ink?
E-book readers are poised to become as popular as netbooks, and it's Amazon who stands to benefit the most, whose Kindle readers lead the charge. But the handheld digital readers are best served for personal use and not in an academic setting, suggests Princeton University.
As part of a pilot program, 50 Princeton students received a Kindle DX e-book reader at no cost, but according school newspaper The Daily Princetonian, "many of them said they were dissatisfied and uncomfortable with the devices."
The Kindles were given to students and faculty in three courses -- WWS 325: Civil Society and Public Policy, WWS 555A: U.S. Policy and Diplomacy in the Middle East, and CLA 546: Religion and Magic in Ancient Rome. In all three classes, the general consensus was that the devices were too difficult to use.
"I hate to sound like a Luddite, but this technology is a poor excuse of an academic tool," said Aaron Horvath, a student in Civil Society and Public Policy. "It's clunky, slow, and a real pain to operate."
Horvath went on to explain that by trading in textbooks for the Kindle, students lose the ability for physical interaction, including highlights, page-tearing, sticky notes, margin notes, and so forth.
Finding new and creative ways to justify a gadget purchase is an important exercise (particularly for those of us with spouses). Most of the time the science is flawed, but we often choose to ignore that, particularly if its something we’ve been lusting after for months. If your one of the many who was holding out for just one more reason in favor of buying a Kindle, we might just have one for you.
According to a new study released by the Cleantech group, even though the Kindle’s environmental impact upfront was significant, the numbers drop dramatically over the devices lifespan. They say the Kindle can produce savings up to a 26,098 kg of CO2 if used to it’s fullest capacity, or 1,074 kg if it replaces a mere three books per month. The break-even point in terms of environmental impact is if your Kindle replaces 22.5 books.
There you have it, does your wife want you to save the world? Guess she needs to let you buy a Kindle.
In just three days after it’s release, the Kindle DX has already completely sold out.
Amazon has stated that they will restock their coffers with Kindles by June 17th, but there’s no word on how many they’ll be bringing in, or if they’re producing more to meet the overwhelming demand. It’s expected that the Kindle will bring in $1.2 billion in sales in 2010 and a whopping $3.7 billion in 2012.