If you’re a Kindle user, you know that you can manage your Kindle library on your Amazon account page. There’s a link that says Manage Your Kindle: This takes you to a page where you can see your content and your devices, and alter some settings related to your Kindle account page. From the Your […]
“Amazon’s Fire Phone was launched in July, after many teaser videos and an expansive unveiling by chief executive Jeff Bezos, who showed off features like its 3D-effect maps and multiple front-facing cameras.
But since then, how many Amazon Fire Phones have actually been sold? How many are in use?”
After a lot of math, Charles Arthur of The Guardian concludes, based on web usage, that about 35,000 Amazon Fire phones have been sold. That’s not much. Amazon doesn’t release sales data for its hardware devices, so we don’t even know how many Kindles they sell.
I kind of liked the idea of the Fire Phone when I saw the first video, but seeing reviews shows me that it’s more gadget than useful device. And such a narrowly-branded phone – being tied to Amazon, just one carrier (AT&T), and it can’t access the broader Android app store – makes it a tough sell. Amazon fans might be interested, but other than that, what’s the point?
All this shows that it’s going to be very hard to unseat the two dominant players in the smartphone sector: Apple and Google (via Android). Platform is just as important as hardware manufacturer; perhaps if the Fire phone were a more standard Android fork, where people could use apps they’d already bought on another Android phone, it would be more enticing.
“To break Amazon’s lock on ebooks, publishers could insist that DRM-free EPUB become the format of choice, eliminating the connection between reading on a Kindle and purchasing from Amazon”
Glenn Fleishman, writing at TidBITS, gives a clear explanation of the current kerfuffle around Amazon and Hachette regarding ebook pricing.
I have to say, it’s because of the superiority of the Kindle that I buy all my ebooks from Amazon. Reading on an iPad is only good indoors, but I can read on a Kindle anywhere. If I could buy ebooks without DRM and use them on my Kindle or iPad as I choose – which I do now, using the Kindle app on my Apple devices – I would certainly not be wedded to Amazon for my ebook purchases.
This happened to music, in large part through EU regulators looking at the lack of interoperability of digital music files. I wonder why they haven’t done the same for ebooks.
Amazon today announced Kindle Unlimited, a $10 per month all-you-can-read subscription to Kindle e-books. Amazon touts “unlimited access to over 600,000 titles and thousands of audiobooks on any device for just $9.99 a month.” I alluded to this a few days ago, when Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited webpage was prematurely leaked. I’m not sure what the […]
I’m a book person. I have thousands of books in my home, and read at least one or two a week. Unfortunately, I don’t have a good library near home, so I buy a lot of books. I look carefully for the lowest prices, buying sometimes from Amazon, sometimes from third-party sellers on Amazon, and […]
On this week’s episode of The Committed podcast, Rob is away, so Ian Schray and I welcome the “super chatty” (her words!) Kelly Guimont to the show to talk about Amazon, Nokia, Apple TV, and why the food replicators on Star Trek: The Next Generation aren’t all that smart. Listen to The Committed, Episode 39: […]
I got an email today, asking me to confirm my Amazon account. It’s a phishing email, but one that I think many people might fall for. If you seen an email like this, it’s not real: Beware. If someone gets access to your Amazon account, they can most likely do a lot of damage to […]
Amazon has announced the launch of its Prime Music streaming service, with access to “over a million songs and hundreds of playlists.” This all sounds a bit vague, but it looks as though the catalog only offers songs more than six months old; and not many at that. One million is a small fraction of […]