Amazon Exec Hints About New Kindle Fire?

The world may be only a few days away from an announcement of the next Kindle Fire, but Amazon is staying quiet about any potential upgrades to its flagship tablet.  No official announcements have been made as of yet, and although several rumors have pointed to July 31 as the date Amazon will announce the next Kindle Fire, it’s all just educated guessing at this point.

That hasn’t stopped reporters from pestering Amazon executives about the potential Kindle Fire 2. Amazon just released a strong Q2 earnings report. Sales were up 29% to $12.83 billion, even in the face of competition from Google’s popular Nexus 7 tablet.

In that earnings report, Amazon stated that the Kindle Fire continued to put up impressive sales figures.  The Kindle Fire also remains Amazon’s best-selling item. So all those rumors about the Nexus 7 crushing the Kindle Fire into oblivion were apparently untrue.

In the 2Q earnings report, Amazon’s CFO, Tom Szkutak, said that he liked the “roadmap” of the Kindle Fire as the company looks into the future. At any other time of the year, this would appear to be a normal, run-of-the-mill statement from the executive in charge of Amazon’s finances. However, with rumors about the Kindle Fire 2 continuing to swirl, some are interpreting Szkutak’s roadmap comments as a hint towards the next Kindle Fire.

Szkutak’s statement was made after a reporter commented that the first edition Kindle Fire had been on the market for a while. The CFO responded by saying:

“We’ve been very excited about the progress we’ve made so far from both the device and content standpoint and we are super-excited about the road map we have.”

It’s easy to see how these comments could be taken to mean that the Kindle Fire 2 was on the horizon. But is it definitive proof? Certainly not.

What do you think? Do these comments mean absolutely nothing? Or is Amazon’s CFO subtly hinting about the next Kindle Fire?

PCWorld – Amazon May Bring Ads to the Kindle Fire

According the story below from PCWorld, it appears that Amazon is considering adding advertisements to the Kindle Fire. You can read the story by clicking  below. What do you think about this? I know the ad-supported Kindles were not always well-received, and most who I talk to said they were willing to pay the extra cash to avoid reading with ads. Do you think the same will hold true with the Kindle Fire?

Amazon May Bring Ads to the Kindle Fire
- pcworld.com

Amazon May Bring Ads to the Kindle FireAmazon is reportedly pitching ad agency execs on the idea of advertising on its Kindle Fire tablet.

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What Cities Are The Most E-Literate? – Priceonomics Tells Us

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The guys over at Priceonomics did a cool research project on the Kindle, who is buying it, and where they live. They came up with some very intriguing statistics!

First, while you might think that the largest and most educated cities would have by far the most sales of the Kindle, but it isn’t. it actually sells best in smaller venues in the Midwest and in the South (it was great to see my city – Oklahoma City, make it in at #12!). It also seems that e-reader sales correlate well with bad weather, oddly enough. They mention that maybe the folks with the best weather are too busy to read! They also show that the Kindle is handily beating the Nook.

I do want to try to answer one of their questions – they find it odd that you do not see many Kindles in the secondary market odd, and they seem to assume that the fact that you do not see many Kindles being re-sold is a problem. I actually see that as a positive. Here’s why -

Kindle owners, for the most part are very brand loyal and won’t let somebody take their Kindle out of their cold, dead hands (I know that’s how I am!). In addition, you don’t see as many Kindle sales outside of Amazon because of the strong branding they have done. Given those two factors, you are not going to see many Kindles on the secondary market, at least not yet.

It is a great read, and Priceonomics is a cool site I am going to be spending some time on for sure. They are set up to help people not get scammed when buying stuff by gathering research on a host of tech and other products, which is most certainly a noble cause. You can check out their special page dedicated to the Kindle here – http://priceonomics.com/e-readers/#kindle-index.

FireDock speaker dock for Kindle Fire and More – April 3rd

Hello fellow Kindlers, here are the top pieces of Kindle news from the past few days! -

FireDock speaker dock for Kindle Fire coming soon
- ubergizmo.com

FireDock speaker dock for Kindle Fire coming soonGrace Digital Inc. has just announced the launch of its FireDock speaker dock for the Kindle Fire. Designed especially for the Kindle Fire, the FireDock accommodates the USB port, headphone jack and power button which are located at the bottom of the tablet. In addition to being able to charge the Android tablet when plugged into a wall socket, the FireDock features an optional lithium-ion battery-pack that lets you bring the dock with you wherever you go…

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Amazon Kindle Fire updated to version 6.3
- ubergizmo.com

Amazon Kindle Fire updated to version 6.3Kindle Fire owners will be excited to know that over the next few days, their tablet will be receiving an over the air (OTA) update to version 6.3. The update will introduce new features such as the ability to easily share passages and notes from their books without having to leave the book, Shelfari Book Extras that gives users easy access to supplemental material about the books they are reading, the ability to store and download personal documents from Amazon Cloud, and Print Replica Textbooks…

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Kindle Fire update: version 6.3 to your device in the next few days
- arstechnica.com

Kindle Fire update: version 6.3 to your device in the next few daysAmazon is releasing a free software update to all Kindle Fire users over the next few days. The over-the-air update will upgrade the devices from version 6.2.2 to version 6.3. A downloadable upgrade file is also available on the site for the eager.Most of the updates involve enhanced reading features and extras…

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Kindle Fire Update Brings Sharing, Book Extras, Print Replica Textbooks To The Masses
- techcrunch.com

Hey there, Kindle Fire owners — Amazon’s rolling out a brand new software update for you, and it packs quite a few worthwhile (and arguably overdue) tweaks for your budget-conscious tablet.
Take sharing, for example. Oddly absent from the Kindle Fire at launch was the ability to share interesting snippets of text like its e-ink brethren, but that functionality has been added, along with the ability to tap into Amazon’s people-powered Shelfari service for what the company calls Book Extras — extra related information pertaining to the book a reader is poring through…

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Kindle Fire update brings sharing, ‘print replica’ textbooks, more to tablet
- engadget.com

Kindle Fire update brings sharing, 'print replica' textbooks, more to tablet Amazon has started pushing out an over-the-air update that’ll bring a slew of new features to its budget Kindle Fire tablet. Topping the list of upgrades is new sharing functionality that makes it possible for readers to send passages and notes from within the comfort of a book via social networks like Facebook and Twitter by highlighting and clicking “Share…

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Amazon’s Kindle Store Went Down Today

Did you see it? The Kindle store actually went down today!

There were lots of unhappy potential e-book readers this morning when an outage caused most titles in the Kindle store to go down for while today. They were back up and running by about 11 Am Central, but by that time, there was a lot of uproar around the web about it!

Fortunately for Amazon, this did not affect the release of the new digital Harry Potter books, which according to CNET actually redirect to another store for the sales.

While Amazon has not come out with a statement about the outage, I actually see this as a good sign for Amazon. The fact that an outage in the Kindle store caused such an outrage on the web means that they continue to grow in popularity as the e-book behemoth on the web.

Kindle Singles Break The 2 Million Mark

When Amazon unveiled the Kindle Singles program last year, it was the first of it’s kind with absolutely no surety of success. However, one year and many titles later, they have now sold over 2 million copies and expect to do even better this year.

Kindle Singles are shorter than regular books but longer than your typical article – between 5000 and 30000 words – and, unlike the larger Kindle Direct Publishing program, go through an approval process before being published. Amazon gets about 50 submissions per week and only publishes three.

In addition, the Singles get a significant sales boost from the fact that they are promoted hard by the company. While Nook and Apple have tried similar programs – the Nook Snaps and Apple Quick Reads – they just haven’t taken off like the Singles have at this point.

I foresee Kindle Singles continuing to grow in the future, and I wouldn’t be surprised to the Amazon up the number of Singles they publish per week soon, given the overall success of the program.

You can read more about Kindle Singles here.

Wanted: A Camera for Kindle Fire Feb 14th

Not much on the Kindle news homefront today, other than the story below! Folks are missing one important component with the Kindle Fire that they would like to see – a camera.
I must say, I completely agree. It’s great without it, but it would be so much better with it! I don’t use cameras that much, even on my phone, but when I do, it is sure nice to have it, and I have grabbed some shots of things along the way that I would never have gotten pics of without it being so quick and easy to shoot on my phone or tablet.
In fact, I would be willing to bet that there will be a camera on the new 9 inch tablet coming out soon! We wrote about that new Kindle recently, but we will be expanding on that soon as we get a little more data.

Wanted: A Camera for Kindle Fire
- pcworld.com

Wanted: A Camera for Kindle FireA camera isn’t big on tablet-users’ wishlists, but it could enhance the Kindle Fire as an essential shopping tool (especially when browsing Amazon).

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Kindle Fire Plus $50 Gift Card for $199 Feb 9th

Kindle Fire Plus $50 Gift Card for $199Walmart is offering $50 gift certificates with the Amazon Kindle Fire.

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