Social sharing and interaction seems to be the core focus area at Amazon with respect to the newly unveiled version of the Kindle framework. The company has released the list of core features to expect in Kindle version 2.5 that is rolling out to a select group of users for the moment and is expected to launch for all users towards the end of May.
Here are the significant introductions announced to Kindle version 2.5
- Ability to organize books and documents into “collections” for easy navigation
- Zooming feature on PDF documents to view text and tables clearly
- Set passwords to secure access to Kindle
- Enhanced font graphics for easier reading
- Share book passages from Kindle directly to friends and followers on Facebook and Twitter
- Check out interesting passages from the book you are reading that are shared by other readers.
Is Dell partnering with Amazon to bring Kindle to its slate users? Folks at Android Community speculate if the upcoming Dell Mini 5, also known as Dell Streak could come pre-installed with Amazon Kindle. This comes after promo pictures of Dell Streak had “Kindle Book Reader Applications” listed among the apps supported.
Apart from the Kindle app, Dell Streak also inherently supports Amazon MP3, Amazon video streams and Amazon store. My view point is that while this can definitely help Amazon reach out to an extended user base, the mere presence of a Kindle Store on Dell Streak is alone not sufficient for the company to grab a higher market share. A Kindle application is not a unique offering as iPad’s iBookstore.
What do you think?
Amazon’s recent acquisition of TouchCo, a New York based startup focusing on multitouch technology has given rise to speculations that the company might be working on what NY Times calls a “Super Kindle” – a device that can take on competition from Apple’s iPad more head-on.
So what does TouchCo actually do? The company has built a patent-pending multi-touch technology that unlike traditional capacitive screens can detect any object and not just a finger and process actions based on the pressure applied. Apparently, this also consumes lesser power and costs less to produce.
This could mean that Amazon shall be able to build a multi-touch device at a cost lower than the iPad. Having said that, this is just one small bit in a large array of features that Amazon will have to build on its Kindle in order to serve as any sort of significant threat to the iPad and it will be interesting to see how Amazon increases the features on the Kindle to take on its competitors in the months to come.
[via NY Times]
Rumors of Amazon being interested in Netflix are not new. There was talk about this as early as June of last year though at that point, it seemed more unlikely since Netflix’s strategy of staying with physical goods did not fit Amazon’s core philosophy of selling digital content.
However, a lot of things have changed since then. Netflix now allows video streaming and according to its latest quarterly report, 48% of its users at least streamed 15 minutes of video in this quarter. Besides this, Netflix’s subscription model has seemingly been received better among its registered users compared to Amazon’s pay-per-view model. Nearly 97% of the company’s 12.2 million registered users are paid subscribers. All this has given the DVD renting company an overall market value of $3.4 billion.
Collins Stewart analyst Sandeep Aggarwal says Netflix’s recent online streaming model along with newer market dynamics can mean Amazon will be flirting with the idea of acquiring the Los Gatos, CA based company. “There is now even a higher possibility. If someone is a category leader and it is still growing rapidly, they go ahead and acquire it”, he says referring to Amazon’s recent acquisition of online shoe retailer, Zappos.
What do you think? Will a Netflix acquisition be a good fit for Amazon? Let us know in the comments.