Kobo to the rescue?


With no news of when (or even if) the Kindle Touch will hit the UK, well done to WH Smiths who have today announced a deal with Kobo to sell the Kobo Touch in the UK almost immediately (today is October 13th – US availability of Kindle Touch is November) and behind it is a massive book store with 2.2m titles (though it doesn’t hold a candle to Amazon.co.uk). I have a serious dilemma now – this could fed my gadget addiction, has a decent screen and uses a non-proprietary format!

Too many new Kindles – except in the UK


So September 28th did see the launch of the new Kindle Fire (as I have been raving about recently, e.g. here)  and in fact more than that we were treated to three new models (with variations). The reasonably obvious predictions I made a few weeks ago (here) were not massively wrong so I am pleased, however a couple of days later I find I am not pleased as much as I might have been. This blog entry discusses why…

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Amazon Announcement September 28 2011


Just to note that it appears Amazon will announce the coyote Kindle tablet this Wednesday (and it will be called the Kindle Fire I gather). I wonder how close my thoughts will be on this? It certainly looks like the price will be right – $250 so let’s hope a sensible UK price!

Update (27 September) it appears this may be a low specification Blackberry Playbook. Has Amazon cut the specification too far? If I buy this will I get burned?

Sun Tzu’s Art of Tablet Marketing


Further to my earlier thoughts on tablets, iPads and Kindles (e.g. here and here) and triggered by an article or two on The Register (here and here) I thought that maybe what is needed here is some insight from Sun Tzu (he who wrote the Art of War, see wiki if this is new to you). I don’t think it gives me much more ability to predict the future than the next Cambridge lamp-post themed blog, but it does give me a better framework to organise my thoughts around than I hand before.

Without further ado, here are my thoughts…

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The Next Kindle – a (loss) Leader in waiting


As I discussed here I think the much rumoured Android / tablet / next Kindle [possibly due Autumn 2011] has a decent chance of being a success. I thought I have covered all the ground as to why, but a new rumour has speculated overnight – the price will be 20-25% below cost in order to build market share and make money later from ebook downloads. Now this shows the power of the ecosystem that Amazon can bring, but I also wonder:

  • Is the technology for eInk + normal colour display so expensive Amazon have no choice; or
  • It his another shot in the forthcoming battle for hearts and minds?
Whatever the answer roll-on October!
Update 18th August – there are two machines apparently coming the 7″ coyote and 10″ hollywood. The latter is quad core, $400 and e-ink plus tablet. Or so the rumours say!