Round up #81: Draw Something, WB scripts, Target drops Kindles
Kindles no longer on…er…in Target
Does it ever seem weird to you when you are watching a TV show, and you see a commercial for another TV show on another channel? Why would they show an ad for something that could take business away from them?
Simple: they are paid for it.
Does the Kindle Fire hypothetically take business away from a Target store?
Sure it does.
The brick-and-mortar has been carrying Kindle hardware for more than two years (since April 25, 2010).
Now, according to this
Target is going to stop selling Kindles soon, due to a “conflict of interest”.
What interest has changed?
Especially since they say they are going to continue carrying the NOOK?
Well, there is one thing…they are going to start having Apple mini-stores inside Targets, and have iPads.
Now, to be clear: Apple couldn’t legally tell Target not to carry Kindles as a condition of getting the Apple stores…but Target could certainly decide on its own not to carry it.
Let’s say that Amazon is passing through a meteor storm right now, what with Microsoft investing $300m in Barnes & Noble and Target dropping their hardware.
Hm…not in Target, Best Buy stores closing down…it may be a good thing that Amazon is experimenting with opening its own stores.
If you have a Kindle Fire, you can now play one of the most popular games out there:
- Draw Something Free (Kindle Fire Edition)
- Draw Something (Kindle Fire Edition) $1.99 (and get a $1 MP3 certificate)
Which version should you get?
Well, I do have to say, we find it a lot easier to have a paid version, but up to you. Two questions we get pretty often in the Amazon Kindle community are resolved by getting paid versions of apps.
One thing is people talking about advertising on their Kindle Fires. When you get free apps, they are often free because they are ad-supported. When people complain about ads, the advice they are often given is to uninstall their free apps, and that seems to work: I don’t see people coming back and saying that they still have a problem (and they often do that on the forum). It appears to me that those ads may appear when you launch the browser, not just when you launch the app.
The other issue is when people want to play a game, and the Kindle Fire asks to connect to the internet first. Free ad-supported games need to connect to the web to download new ads, I think. I’ve also seen people say that they need to connect to check the DRM (Digital Rights Management), but I don’t know that. It could happen, I guess, but needing to download new ads makes sense to me.
Anyway, the game is a pretty simple idea (the most successful games often are). It is a social game: you are going to play it with other people. If you don’t have somebody with which to play, I think they’ll find you somebody, from what I heard.
You are given a few words, you pick one, and then you draw it. The other person tries to figure out what it is from your drawing.
The drawing tools can let you do pictures that are pretty sophisticated: here’s a gallery:
I’ve heard that you don’t have to be a good artist…haven’t tried it yet myself.
We’ll always have e-books…
I do think Casablanca is one of the best movies (although my Significant Other doesn’t really share my admiration).
Well, Warner Brothers has just included Casablanca in a new series of movie scripts they have released for the Kindle:
- Casablanca: Inside the Script
- North by Northwest: Inside the Script
- Ben-Hur: Inside the Script
- An American in Paris: Inside the Script
I downloaded the sample for Casablanca…it’s marvelously done! They did an active table of contents…with active links just for the content in the sample. I’ve never seen that before. There is background information, pictures…I think these would be great gifts for film buffs!
Warner Brothers does a great job honoring its film history, and this seems appears to continue that tradition.
Perceptions of the player results
While people can still participate in
I posted yesterday about perceptions of Barnes & Noble, Microsoft, Amazon, and Apple, I thought I’d go ahead and give you some of the rankings. What I’ve done here is list the number of votes in each category that each of the four got. Now, it’s worth noting that they didn’t all get the same number of overall votes, and you may want to look at the post above to see the percentages. The companies were described as:
- Amazon 91 votes
- Apple 84
- Microsoft 45
- Barnes & Noble 14
This surprises me. I would think of Barnes & Noble as more innovative than Microsoft (they just released their “GlowLight” NOOK Simple Touch, for example. Well, but Microsoft does have Kinect…just interesting.
- Amazon 101
- Barnes & Noble 25
- Apple 24
- Microsoft 5
- Apple 69
- Amazon 55
- Microsoft 8
- Barnes & Noble 7
- Amazon 84
- Barnes & Noble 58
- Apple 3
- Microsoft 1
Secure for the future
- Amazon 84
- Microsoft 73
- Apple 68
- Barnes & Noble 5
A place with reasonable prices
- Amazon 98
- Barnes & Noble 16
- Microsoft 11
- Apple 2
- Amazon 54
- Apple 44
- Barnes & Noble 9
- Microsoft 5
- Amazon 87
- Apple 42
- Microsoft 36
- Barnes & Noble 17
Good for society
- Amazon 53
- Apple 22
- Barnes & Noble 22
- Microsoft 21
Good for content creators
- Amazon 67
- Apple 24
- Microsoft 19
- Barnes & Noble 8
People can self-publish through Barnes & Noble…why so low?
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.