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Thursday
Sep062012

Amazon to Debut New Kindle Fire, E-Readers

Matthew Staver/Bloomberg via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Amazon is holding an event Thursday in Santa Monica, Calif., where the Seattle-based company is expected to launch its new Kindle e-readers and Kindle Fire tablet.  An ad, which aired Wednesday night, showed the new Kindle e-reader and new Fire.

Late last week, Amazon announced that it was sold out of the Kindle Fire.  In other words, it stopped making the popular tablet because a new one was on the way.

"Kindle Fire is sold out, but we have an exciting roadmap ahead.  We will continue to offer our customers the best hardware, the best prices, the best customer service, the best cross-platform interoperability and the best content ecosystem," Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said in a statement last week.

Amazon's Kindle Fire became one of the world's best-selling tablets last year.  It runs a version of Android that has been revamped by Amazon to be centered on media consumption, including the books, music, and video services Amazon sells.  The next version of the Fire has been rumored to have a faster processor and an updated design. There have also been rumors that Amazon might release a larger 10-inch tablet this week.

The Kindle Fire spurred a new market of affordable, 7-inch tablets. Google, in partnership with Asus, released the Nexus 7 in June for $199, and it quickly became popular. Apple is also rumored to be planning a smaller version of the iPad -- the so-called iPad Mini -- in October.  But other companies, such as Sony, have said they don't plan to play in this lower-end space.

Amazon is also expected to update its Kindle e-readers to compete with Barnes & Noble's Nook With Glowlight.  The technology site The Verge reported that a new Kindle with a "Paper White" display was coming and it was shown in the TV ad that aired on Wednesday.

The location of Amazon's event has also been the stuff of rumor.  While the company usually holds its annual event in New York City, it is holding Thursday's event near Hollywood.  

Many believe Amazon will announce new partnerships with studios and talk more about video content.  Others think Amazon could release a set-top box for your TV, similar to Apple's TV or the Roku box, that would be centered on streaming video.  Others have said Amazon might use the event to launch a phone.

Either way, we will find out soon enough -- the event begins at 10:30 a.m. PT.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Aug302012

Kindle Fire Sold Out as Amazon Plans for Sept. 6 Launch of New Version

Matthew Staver/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Amazon's Kindle Fire has become one of the most popular tablets on the market in the past year. But you can't get one anymore, at least not for the next week or so.

Thursday Amazon announced that after nine months of its being on the market, its popular $199 Kindle Fire is no longer in stock. But, as you'd expect, a new version is on the way.

"Kindle Fire is sold out, but we have an exciting roadmap ahead. We will continue to offer our customers the best hardware, the best prices, the best customer service, the best cross-platform interoperability and the best content ecosystem," Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said in a statement.

Amazon has scheduled a press event in Santa Monica, Calif., next Thursday, Sept. 6, where the mega online retailer is expected to release the new 7-inch Kindle Fire, as well as new Kindle e-readers. Rumors have also hinted that the company might release a larger, 10-inch Kindle Fire.

According to Amazon, the Kindle Fire has been the No. 1 selling product on Amazon during the past year, capturing 22 percent of the tablet market.

The Kindle Fire spurred a new market of affordable, 7-inch tablets. Google, in partnership with Asus, released the Nexus 7 in June for $199, and it quickly became extremely popular. Apple is also rumored to release a smaller version of the iPad -- the so-called iPad Mini -- in October. But other companies, such as Sony, have said they don't plan to play in this lower-end space.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
Jan232012

Tablet Devices Taking Over in 2012

Amazon(WASHINGTON) -- The number of U.S. adults who own a tablet device nearly doubled after the holiday season from 10 percent to 19 percent, according to the Pew Research Center.

Measured from mid-December to mid-January, the impressive increase in tablet ownership means that approximately 29 percent of American adults now own either an e-reader or tablet device -- up from 18 percent in December.

While the increase in digital readers may make a few publishing companies nervous, at least two companies are celebrating the news. Both Amazon, which makes the Kindle Fire, and Barnes & Noble, which makes the Nook tablet, also saw a large increase in sales compared to the previous year.

According to Amazon, the company sold four times as many Kindle devices as it sold on Black Friday in 2010, in part due to the introduction of the Kindle Fire.

At Barnes & Noble, the Nook tablet saw a 70 percent increase in holiday season sales from the previous year, according to the company. As a result, Barnes & Noble is currently looking to capitalize on the digital sales by possibly spinning off the Nook division.

While success of the tablet and e-reader devices may seem like the death knell for small bookstores, the American Booksellers Association actually reported an increase in profit for independent bookstores during the holiday season, including a 15.5 percent increase in sales during the Black Friday shopping period. It remains to be seen if these customers will continue shopping in the New Year.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
Dec122011

Amazon's Kindle Fire Not an iPad, But Worth the Price Tag

Amazon[dot]com, Inc(NEW YORK) -- The Kindle Fire, amazon's new e-reader is getting panned by a lot of critics who say it doesn't offer as much as some of the other tablets out there on the market.  

Tim Stevens is editor of the technology website, Engadget, and says the Kindle Fire is a good device for the price, which is about $300 less than what you'd pay for the lowest level iPad. Stevens says its good for downloading books and movies and surfing the internet. If you want more, you'll need to spend more.

Though the marketing campaign surrounding the Kindle Fire might have oversold it or confused people, Stevens says that the device is well worth the $200 price tag.

"You can read books on it. You can surf the web on it, and you can run a limited set of Android applications on it. If those are the things that you're looking to do, I think the Kindle Fire is a great option for you because it is very low cost and it seems to be very well-made. The hardware quality is good," Stevens says.
 
But he adds, "Its not a very good productivity device, if you need to actually get some work done, if you want to be sending a lot of emails or write some documents or that kind of thing. The iPad or some of the Android tablets are probably a better choice but they come at a significantly higher cost."

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Nov152011

Amazon's Kindle Fire Goes on Sale: Will It Match the iPad?

Amazon.com, Inc(NEW YORK) -- The next chapter of the tablet wars has begun.

Amazon is now shipping its new Kindle Fire, and at $199, this tablet computer could be the first successful challenge to Apple’s dominant iPad.

The Kindle Fire costs less than half as much as the iPad -- which starts at $499 -- and includes software that Amazon hopes will ignite fresh consumer interest.

More than an e-reader, the new tablet comes packed with a movie database and its own Amazon shopping store.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Sep282011

Amazon Introduces Kindle Fire Tablet for $199

Amazon(NEW YORK) -- Amazon, online retail giant, unveiled Wednesday its new Kindle Fire -- a seven-inch, 14.6-ounce tablet computer that everyone in the tech industry immediately tried to size up against Apple's wildly-successful iPad.

Amazon chief Jeff Bezos said the Fire would be far cheaper than the iPad, with a starting price of $199. Apple's starting price for an iPad is $499. The Fire will not have a built-in camera or 3G support, but would connect seamlessly to Amazon's online offerings, which include 100,000 movies and TV episodes, and 17 million songs for download.

The Kindle Fire, which will start shipping to customers on Nov. 15, will have a dual-core processor and a multi-touch display, Bezos said. If you fill the Fire's memory or worry about losing what you've downloaded, Amazon will offer free storage in the so-called cloud, meaning that media you buy will be kept for you online.

Bezos used the day to announce three new products in all, including a new version of the company's e-reader, called the Kindle Touch -- starting price: $99 if you only use a Wi-Fi connection to download books, $149 with a 3G connection.

A version of the original Kindle, lacking the touch feature, will sell for $79.

Wall Street seemed to like what it saw; Amazon stock jumped 3 percent on an otherwise-flat morning. Stock in Barnes & Noble -- which has its own e-reader, the Nook -- fell 7 percent.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Sep272011

Amazon’s New Tablet to Be Unveiled Wednesday

PRNewsWire/Amazon(SEATTLE) -- The technology world is abuzz over the much-anticipated announcement of Amazon's own tablet, believed to be called the Kindle Fire. While Amazon has remained tight-lipped about the device, some details have slipped out.

Amazon is expected to unveil its tablet at a news conference on Wednesday morning in New York, but the rumor mill has been grinding for months about the features of the wildly-successful Kindle’s following act.

The Kindle Fire will reportedly be a full color, backlit, touchscreen tablet with a 7-inch display and operate with Google’s Android software. Another major selling point is price, at a reported $250 -- half of the base price for an iPad2.

While some believe the product could challenge Apple’s iPad, technology experts say this isn’t likely. With an estimated 29 million iPads sold to date, significant damage to Apple’s sales is improbable. But Amazon hopes the early fall announcement could put a dent in Apple’s sales as the holiday season approaches.

Other attempts at tablets to compete with the iPad have struggled. Companies including Blackberry, Acer, Hewlett-Packard, Samsung, and Motorola have unveiled tablets with little success. Hewlett-Packard recently ditched its faltering tablet.

But Amazon seems to have an edge with its prospective tablet because of its strong following from Kindle and its successful music and movie marketplace. Amazon customers may see the Kindle Fire as a logical and affordable product to supplement the purchases they already make through Amazon.

Magazine publishers Hearst, Conde Nast and Meredith have made deals with Amazon to publish its magazines on the tablet. It took Apple a year to make similar deals with publishers.

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