As I sit here this weekend, I have a couple of random thoughts I wanted to share (hey, you are my captive blog audience!):
Next Generation Kindle Coming Soon?
If you believe the folks over at Business Week, the next generation Kindle 3 will be released in August: click here to read the full article.
Here’s a couple of highlights on this rumor:
- Thinner than the current version
- A more responsive screen
- Sharper picture
The article also speculated 3 million eBook readers were sold in 2009, with Amazon controlling about 60% (or about 1.8 million) of that market and an estimate 6 million eBook readers will be sold in 2010.
One hint I thought was interesting commented on Amazon’s previous purchase of a company called Touchco, which specializes in touch-screen technology. Interesting….
Harry Potter Books Coming to Kindle?
Author J.K. Rowlong has long been opposed to digitizing her successful Harry potter franchise to the eBook format – I won’t go into all of the reasons but if you do a Bing search (click here) you can read some of her reasons. If you read this article from The Book Seller website (click here), maybe that will change and she can realistically make another $100 million or so.
Amazon Removes Charge for Free Books for non-USA Customers
This one, to me, is pretty big – Amazon used to charge a wireless download fee (equivalent to about $2 in US currency) for its free book offerings if you are a Kindle owner and didn’t live in the USA; they would even charge it for books you happened to be reading on the Kindle for PC application.
That doesn’t really sound like free.
As I said in my lead-in to this section, Amazon “used to charge” this fee – they quit doing that this past week. I think that’s great, and should lead to more market penetration and sales of Kindle titles across the globe. Why do I think that is great? The more purchasing power Kindle owners have, maybe it will apply more pressure to the publishers who are insisting on charging more than $9.99 for digitized books or, worse, those publishers who somehow are charging (don’t know if they are able to get it) as much or more than the paper version of the book for your Kindle copy. Simple economics on the cost of the publication hurts my brain on that rationale.
Memorial Day Weekend
Monday is Memorial day here in the USA. If you are a Kindle subscriber or web reader of my Trivia of the Day blog, I was planning on posting a special trivia article about the history of Memorial Day. If you see a veteran while you are taking your holiday from work and about to enjoy a grilled burger or dog, or know of a family who has lost a family member while serving, please stop and thank them for their service. We may not have it all right in our particular corner of the world, but at least we are free to complain and do something about things we don’t particularly like!
Have a great weekend!
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