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Rumor & refutation: Amazon stopping support for OG Kindles?

February 12, 2017

Rumor & refutation: Amazon stopping support for OG Kindles?

This one evolved pretty quickly.

There was a rumor that Amazon was no longer supporting the original and second generation Kindles…that they could no longer be registered, meaning that if you reset one to factory defaults, you couldn’t register it again.

When I saw the story at first, I thought it might be possible, but it seemed unlikely. I was guessing there might be some confusion with the update that was required last year to keep accessing some things:

Update your Kindle or lose access on it to your Cloud, the store, and other Kindle services

I also figured I would have gotten an e-mail: we still have a first gen (OG, by the way, can stand for Original Generation) registered. 🙂

This

article in The Verge by Andrew Liptak

sums it up.

It’s interesting to read the story, and it does show what happens sometimes when an Amazon rep may be…imprecise, or sometimes I think they may be underinformed.

Bottom line: according to the story (read it all the way through) this may be a temporary glitch, and Amazon is not stopping people from registering Kindle 1s and 2s.

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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

Geekwire: Amazon secret product launch this Sunday (7/31) at midnight

July 25, 2016

Geekwire: Amazon secret product launch this Sunday (7/31) at midnight

Thanks to Len Edgerly of

The Kindle Chronicles podcast

for the heads up on this

GeekWire story by Taylor Soper

The thrust of the story is this:

Amazon Flex drivers, who are sort of like Uber drivers for Amazon packages, have been asked about an opportunity to deliver a new, secret product from midnight to 2:00 AM this upcoming Sunday (July 31st).

Fascinating!

First, this does appear to be a physical item, obviously…a digital item wouldn’t require drivers.

There is a very hot item due to be released on 7/31:

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts I & II (Special Rehearsal Edition): The Official Script Book of the Original West End Production (at AmazonSmile*))

The hardback is a physical item…that’s hardly a secret, though.

Could it be an Amazon device…maybe the rumored color Kindle EBR (E-Book Reader…not with a backlight, like a tablet or a phone)?

That is a possibility, although Amazon usually does pre-orders on something like that . They could, though, do a limited, first come , first served sort of thing…maybe limited to Prime members, maybe even only on a limited special offer on Fire devices.

If that group was sort of like a “beta” group, seen as doing the testing, that might mitigate the bad feeling some people had about the Amazon Echo roll-out, where some customers who ordered it waited months.

If it’s a new Amazon device, I could see it being an augmented or Virtual Reality headset…I’ve speculated about that before. If it tied into PokĂ©mon Go, that could get a lot of publicity.

I find it unlikely that it would be an EBR or a tablet…they have had a way of doing those before, and this isn’t it.

I would guess it is something technologically complex, that will have a non-Amazon supply chain, where Amazon wants feedback before a general release.

Is there a non-Amazon item it could be?

I can’t think of anything big enough…hm, Microsoft Hololens?

What do you think? What will be this “secret product” (if it reallv happens…intuition is that it will) be?

Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post.

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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) By the way, it’s been interesting lately to see Amazon remind me to “start at AmazonSmile” if I check a link on the original Amazon site. I do buy from AmazonSmile, but I have a lot of stored links I use to check for things.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

Good E-Reader: Amazon releasing color EBR perhaps this year

July 6, 2016

Good E-Reader: Amazon releasing color EBR perhaps this year

I am going to put this in the “strong rumor” category, even though it seems to come from one source:

Good E-Reader post by Michael Kozlowski

That’s because it’s a source I like who is writing with confidence.

According to the post, Amazon will likely release an 8″ color Kindle EBR (E-Book Reader…not a backlit tablet, like a Fire) utilizing Liquavista for the holidays this years.

There have been rumors about this almost since the Kindle was announced in November of 2007, and they picked up more when Amazon bought

Liquavista

in 2013 as related in this

Reuters article by Alistair Barr

So, does all this pent-up demand for a color Kindle mean guaranteed success?

Nope. 🙂

You see, since the Kindle was released, Amazon has also started selling

Fire tablets (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

You can get a full color Fire tablet for less than the least expensive grayscale Kindle…about $30 less.

In fact, on the

Amazon devices bestseller list at time of writing (at AmazonSmile*)

the most popular Fire tablet is more popular than the most popular Kindle EBR, which is the

All-New Kindle Paperwhite, 6″ High-Resolution Display (300 ppi) with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

Those are both behind the

Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote (at AmazonSmile*) (#1)

and the

Amazon Echo (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) (#2)

The obvious question: why introduce a color EBR when you already have a color reading device?

Well, EBRs usually have some real advantages over backlit tablets, the two biggest ones being perhaps the much, much longer battery charge life and the ability to read it in bright sunlight. An EBR with equivalent colors to a backlit tablet, but with the performance capabilities of a Kindle, would be a big hit…provided the price was acceptable to consumers.

Aye, there’s the rub!

The ability to produce some sort of color EBR has been around for years, but nobody has done it successfully in the market.

I would buy it, partially to be able to write about it for you…but I’d also be curious about it myself!  I’m looking forward to getting the

All-New Kindle E-reader – Black, 6″ Glare-Free Touchscreen Display, Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

which has audio via Bluetooth, restoring text-to-speech to a current model Amazon EBR. I’m expecting to write about it before Monday (should be in my hands Friday). I’m assuming new models will have that capability as well.

I haven’t bought the Oasis, because you can’t buy it without an animal leather cover at this point, as I wrote about here:

My biggest disappointment with Amazon to date

I would otherwise, despite the relatively high cost.

The Oasis is number #41 on the Amazon devices list…it had done well initially, but it looks like demand might have slackened. It’s possible that the market for a nearly $300 EBR just wasn’t that big.

That’s going to be the key for a new color Kindle, if Amazon does introduce one: the price.

If the color Kindle is close to an equivalent grayscale Kindle, I think people will pay the difference for the most part. If not…

What is “close to” specifically? I thought I’d get a sense of that from you. In this poll, assume everything else is pretty much the same (including battery charge life, which would be quite a technical accomplishment).

Again, this is only a rumor. However, Good E-Reader is more tied into the European market than I am, and Liquavista was a Dutch company, so they could have good sources on this. My intuition is that they are probably right, although not necessarily this year (even though that would be good timing, and seems more probable than waiting for next year).

What do you think? Would you care about a color EBR? What makes that attractive to you? What if the color was muted compared to a Fire tablet? What if it cut battery charge life down to, oh, a week (at an hour reading a day)? Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post.

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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) By the way, it’s been interesting lately to see Amazon remind me to “start at AmazonSmile” if I check a link on the original Amazon site. I do buy from AmazonSmile, but I have a lot of stored links I use to check for things.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

 


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