There is no doubt that the launch of the iPad has taken its toll on the sale of dedicated eReader platforms like Kindle. While there are still a lot of people who would love to have a dedicated eReader, the fact that you can get access to a lot many more things by just paying a hundred odd dollars extra makes the value proposition extremely irresistible.
Amazon has probably thought of that too. A new job posting on the CareerBuilder website calls for “smart, analytical” people for a stealth project. The posting however notes that the person will be the Senior Product Manager, Digital Video Games division.
While it is technically possible for Amazon to venture into the gaming console market as well, that seems pretty unlikely given the traction that Amazon Kindle has received. Also, this growth may not continue for long if users choose to go with a tablet PC over a dedicated eReader in the long term. A platform that will provide users with ebook reading, gaming and other functionalities could then be the way forward.
So what’s next? A Kindle OS? Not improbable at this point.[via Engadget]