Round up #89: more from Judge Chin, Microsoft’s tablet
The ILMK Round ups are short pieces which may or may not be expanded later.
Microsoft’s tablet Surfaces
Microsoft called a big presser today…and revealed that it’s going to do two tablets…later.
They didn’t give prices, exactly, but people do seem to be impressed with what they heard.
On the second one, nope.
$300 million dollar investment in Barnes & Noble…not to mention them in your tablet announcement?
Maybe that doesn’t mean anything, but it makes me a bit uneasy about B&N’s future.
As to the Fire…
It sounds to me like it will cost a lot more. I don’t think Microsoft is entering the entertablet market. I think they may actually be after the laptop market.
Here are the stats:
Oh, and it’s called the Microsoft Surface.
More from Judge Chin…
The legal issues about Google having scanned books just keep going on and on…
This one isn’t exactly about the Google settlement, but Judge Chin did not except Google’s request to throw out a class action suit by authors…which just keeps things going.
Really, I’m hoping that the Agency Model stuff and the Google scanning concerns get legally settled this year.
You might think that won’t be the case, because it’s an election year, but the judicial system isn’t really supposed to be influenced by that. I think many courts like to show that they aren’t waiting for an election, and may make big decisions at a time when Congress is reluctant to do so.
Update: PW thinks the DoJ trial might start next March (2013), but it is complicated:
Amazon tablet rumors
I have to say, if I reported every Amazon tablet rumor, I couldn’t keep this blog as varied as I like (and I think you like that way, too).
I still think we’ll get big announcements from Amazon soon, before the end of the summer. That might just be a frontlit RSK (Reflective Screen Kindle) or two or more of them. It might be big updates for existing devices (including text-to-speech for the Kindle Fire that works with Kindle store books).
My guess is still that we’ll get a new tablet announcement soon, too, but I’m not 100% confident. I also reiterate that I would expect it to be at least three tablets: a higher end one the size of the Fire; an entry-level larger device; and a high-end larger device.
Here’s one rumor:
and here’s another:
Not surprisingly, they are contradictory.
Honestly, we’ll just have to wait and see. I’d put a high probability on frontlit RSKs before the end of the summer, and a more than 50% chance as a guess on tablet announcements in that time frame.
I checked the
to see when product announcements had come in the past:
- November 19, 2007: Kindle 1
- February 9, 2009: Kindle 2
- May 6, 2009: Kindle DX
- July 28, 2010: Kindle 3
- September 8, 2011: Mindle, Fire, Touch
As you can see, a summer announcement is not out of the question. They don’t just hold things for the holiday season.
I recently wrote about the US State Department contracting with Amazon for Kindle services. The “justification” document for the deal includes this:
The Contractor shall be responsible for upgrading and phasing in updated versions of the e-Reader product at least every two years so that the technology stays up to date for users.”
So, Amazon has agreed to provide “updated versions e-Reader product” at least every two years to the government…and you can bet we’ll get them, too. Reading that language, I wouldn’t say they just mean software updates.
Are you ready to buy a new model of a Kindle every two years to stay cutting edge? I probably will…I like to be able to answer questions for people, although I haven’t owned every model (never had a DX).
What do you think? Is the Microsoft Surface a concern for Amazon? Can Microsoft compete with Apple in the tablet arena? Will any of the big legal e-book stuff settle this year? Feel free to let me and my readers know by commenting on this post.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.