As usual with one of my “rambling” posts, I really have no set agenda…it’s time to impart a few things I have on my mind and talk about baseball (just kidding on the baseball, but I still have faith in the Rangers). If you would like to write to me, my email address is Michael at fkbooksandtips dot com
Quote of the Day 2013 Book
The post I put out yesterday about the book my children wrote has been great – thank you! (click here or type in http://bit.ly/NEzWll into your web browser in case you missed it or want to see it again). I also appreciate the comments you have put in on the blog, and my children have loved reading the comments in the reviews of the book. I will say I laughed out loud at my daughter’s comment to the two-star review, but I told her you have to take the bad with the good!
I’m very proud of them for showing the entrepreneurial spirit and setting a goal, mapping out a plan to achieve the goal, and seeing the smiles on their faces as they realize they completed the job at hand – they learned a lot about technology along the way – and now they are very interested in sales ranking, how they compare to similar offerings, and have taken the comments each of you have put down on the blog’s page or the reviews of the book to heart: they are discussing various options for additional books…I think collectively we have unleashed two budding entrepreneurs!
I’m sure I’ll ask (i.e., plead) again concerning the book, and I will be sure to let you know how their little venture progresses as they get closer to being able to go on the trip or not.
Kindle Fire Sold Out
Amazon did something a little strange yesterday – they had a press release announcing the Kindle Fire was sold out. They’ve done that in the past, as I remember a similar press release when the original Kindle and Kindle 2 were sold out just prior to Christmas.
The announcement of the Kindle Fire being out of stock was not the strange part, as this press release had a different twist: there was no announcement of when they would be back in stock, nor was there a prognostication or announcement of a new version.
Amazon has a mystery press conference on September 6th scheduled in a large venue – but they haven’t announced a topic for the event. My guess is a new generation of Kindles will be announced, but since Jeff Bezos or the VP’s over at Amazon haven’t consulted with me I’m just one of the many bloggers engaging in open speculation. My guess is Amazon, in addition to announcing a new Kindle Fire, will make the Kindle Fire available in Europe and possibly the rest of the world (more on that in the next section of this post).
Here’s what I do know:
- The Kindle Fire is out of stock – I see used Kindle Fires for sale at a minimum of $205 from third-parties on the Amazon site
- The refurbished Kindle Fire that also comes with a one-year warranty (same warranty as a new one) was out of stock yesterday, back in stock this morning for just $159, and are out of stock again this afternoon. To grab one of these, you can click here or type in http://bit.ly/firedeal into your web browser to keep checking to see if they become available again.
- The Kindle Touch – both the wireless and 3G versions – are out of stock.
Hmmm…what do you think? If you’re on the blog’s web page (www.fkbooksandtips.com), I’d love to hear your comments: just post away at the bottom of this post using the comment area!
I could have sworn I predicted something like this earlier this month….(I did – click here to see it).
Europe Now Has Access to the Amazon App Store
Amazon had yet another press release Wednesday night – the Amazon App Store for Android-enabled devices is now available in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain; previously, the app store had been open only to residents of the USA.
That announcement, combined with the announcement the Kindle Fire is sold out, leads me to believe the Kindle Fire will be shipped to customers in Europe – if the customers in Europe are now going to be able to legally have a Fire (and I know there are literally thousands of them already being used in Europe that arrived there by various means), Amazon’s getting ready to make some more money by selling these new Fire customers apps from their branded app store.
Makes sense to the accountant in me!
In a nutshell, there are a lot of changes…as for me, I’m hoping to have a fairly relaxing long weekend for the Labor Day holiday here in the USA and I hope you do, too!