Round up #37: Take a poll, Amazon orders tablet?
Amazon tablet rumors
I’ve written a number of times about the idea that Amazon will release a tablet (possibly Android). I’ve said I hope they don’t call it a Kindle, and I’m guessing that it would focus on other media for Amazon (streaming video, music, apps, games). I do think it would display Kindle books, and that it could be called “Kindle-powered” or “Kindle-enabled”, something like that.
There have been quite a few rumors, and quite a few indications.
I was hoping they would do it soon (I would buy an Amazon tablet tomorrow), but this
suggests it will be for the holiday season this year.
Some other sources are calling it an Android tablet, which seems likely…but for me, not certain.
A closer to the source article might have been this
It has some very interesting things to say…as usual, I recommend you read the original article.
This was one of the most interesting paragraphs, I think:
“The sources pointed out that Amazon’s Kindle still has strong sales, but the e-book reader is currently still unable to successfully cut into the markets outside of North America and Europe; therefore, Amazon internally plans to reduce Kindle’s market price to attract consumer demand from the education and consumer market, while will push tablet PC using its advantage in software and content resources to challenge iPad2.”
The screen technology is reported to be FFS (Fringe Field Switching), which is actually AFFS (Advanced Fringe Field Switching) now, I believe. It would be color, and it would look reasonably good in bright light and have a wide-field of vision. However, being backlit, I would guess we aren’t talking about Kindle-level battery charge life.
I’ve also notice this is saying the second half of 2011…that might be sooner than the holidays.
Is this for real?
It looks pretty real, unlike the vague rumors we’ve been hearing before.
All I can say is, “Bring it on, Amazon!” I like that…it’s a tiny rhyme.
Where do you buy your armchairs?
Sorry…I had to learn that phrase in a Russian class many years ago, and for some reason, it often comes back to me. We sort of use it like an insult in my family…like “You and what army?” Yeah, we’re weird like that.
Anyway, author D.D. Scott of the The Writer’s Guide to E-Publishing, had an interesting observation about the books section being moved to the back of a Target store (I made a fairly lengthy comment there).
The armchair thought came up because of a related post in another Scott blog. They are running a poll, asking people where they buy their books. There are a lot of choices…you might have fun voting in it. Unfortunately, I don’t think you can see the results of the poll without voting, and I voted hours ago..so I don’t see a way to see the current standings.
Letting the chat out of the bag
Recently when I went to
I had a new option. Not just E-mail or Call us…but live chat.
That option is not there now…I suspect it’s only there during certain hours…they may not chat in the middle of the night (hey, they don’t want to wake up Jeff Bezos, who unlike many CEOs, is reported to often get a full night’s sleep). Anyway, you might notice it. I like live chat, because I like to record what the person says, and that’s often the easiest way.
The romance of e-books
Amazon announces in this
that they are adding yet another publishing imprint. This one is called Montlake (after an area in Seattle) and will be frontlist romance novels (including historical romance and paranormal romance).
They also are now pushing themselves as a publisher (so the next time somebody corrects someone else who thinks Amazon publishes books, you can gently remind the pundit…Amazon is a publisher).
They now have a special site for publishing:
That covers all four of their imprints: AmazonEncore (which brings books to a wider audience); AmazonCrossing (translations); the new Montlake Romance; and “Powered by Amazon”, which is more of a program than an imprint…it won’t have a consistent identity, I think, but bring different groupings of titles.
Interestingly, Amazon Publishing is also hiring right now:
They are looking for “Acquisition Editors”, which means they are serious about development as a publisher.
They have a lot of positions, including senior management.
Not all of the positions are in Seattle…there are a couple in New York. Into the lions’ den…and I’m not talking about the public library.
With this and the hiring at Amazon’s fulfillment centers, they are doing their part to knock down that unemployment rate. No, I don’t think they contribute to it because Borders is closing…I don’t blame that on Amazon.
If you’ve wanted to work for Amazon and have real experience, this seems like a great opportunity.
Are they going to lure some people away from the tradpubs? Maybe.
I think Amazon getting more into publishing is a very positive thing, but I know not everybody is going to agree with that.
Well, there are four interesting stories! What do you think? Have you noticed Target (or other incidental booksellers) moving the books away from the front? Does your grocery store still have a section of books? Is Amazon getting into publishing like the old “studio system”, where studios owned the movie theatres, too? That was broken up legally. Are you going to apply for a job with Amazon Publishing?
Feel free to let me know…