Flash! Amazon to introduce reader apps for more tablets
Amazon says in this new
that they’ll be releasing apps for Windows and Android tablets. They already have an app for the iPad and for Android phones.
This isn’t a surprise…Jeff Bezos said quite some time ago that the Kindle and Kindle e-books are two different markets. That’s why there wasn’t a “contract” deal with the Kindle, where you might buy the device, pay a monthly fee, and have books included in that fee. He didn’t want to marry the two markets that much.
I think the press release is also part of preparation for a possible Amazon tablet (which I’ve suggested could be called the “Amazon Current“). They seem to be preparing Kindle users mentally for the idea that a backlit device isn’t a bad thing , and that they could own both a Kindle and a table.
Dorothy Nicholls, the Director for the Amazon Kindle, is quoted in the press release as saying, “Many people are buying both a Kindle and an LCD tablet computer…”
A recent JP Morgan survey said that 40% of iPad owners also own a Kindle…and more plan to do so.
Isn’t that nice for Amazon?
Wouldn’t it be even nicer if that was a Current and a Kindle? :)
Amazon has services that would work great on a tablet…streaming video, MP3 downloads…they sell videogames already.
While this press release doesn’t prove anything about a possible Amazon tablet, it is suggestive.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.