Pressure From Tablets Like The iPad 2, Xoom & Playbook? Amazon Now Offering The Kindle 3G In AT&T Stores, March 6th
With every tablet sold, Amazon chances of selling a Kindle to those particular customers dwindles. The success of the Apple iPad, along with the growing Android Tablet offerings should be unsettling to Amazon. All of these devices can provide the services of the Kindle, with much more to add. Now sure, we know that there is little to no glare with the Kindle, and it costs substantially less. However, how long will that last. Tablet pricing will eventually come down. Will the Amazon Kindle?
Today, AT&T and Amazon announce that the Amazon Kindle 3G would be coming to AT&T stores nationwide, starting March 6th. Here is a piece of what was stated: “We’re excited to work with AT&T to offer Kindle 3G to AT&T customers across the country,” said Mike McKenna, Vice President, Amazon Kindle. “Customers tell us they love Kindle 3G because of its light weight, battery life of up to one month, and advanced paper e-ink display that works in direct sunlight. Customers love being able to think of a book and be reading it in less than 60 seconds thanks to AT&T’s wireless network.”
Is this move a direct indicator that the eReader market is getting smaller for Amazon? We currently have three formidable eReader alternatives on the market right now: the Samsung Galaxy Tab, the Motorola Xoom, and the Apple iPad. Additionally, the LG Optimus Pad, the 10-inch Galaxy Tab, the BlackBerry Playbook, and the Apple iPad 2 are all set to launch very soon – AND IT GETS WORST AS THE YEAR GOES ON! What do you think? Full press release below…
AMAZON KINDLE 3G COMING TO AT&T STORES NATIONWIDE
Kindle is Bestselling Product in the History of Amazon
DALLAS, Feb. 28, 2011 -AT&T today announced it will begin selling Amazon’s bestselling Kindle 3G in AT&T company-owned retail stores nationwide beginning March 6. Amazon’s Kindle 3G continues to be powered by the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T. AT&T will include Kindle 3G in its connected devices displays throughout AT&T company-owned stores, offering customers the opportunity to test drive the device onsite. The latest generation Kindle has received rave reviews from the New York Times, Wired, CNET, PC World, PC Magazine, and more, and has recently become the bestselling product in the history of Amazon.com.
“Amazon has without question pioneered the eReader space with Kindle, and it’s exciting to not only connect this device through our network, but now offer it in our stores to readers around the country ,” said Glenn Lurie, president, emerging devices, AT&T. “As the first dedicated eReader offered in our stores, we are confident the Kindle will be an attractive addition to our in store connected devices lineup.”
Kindle 3G, which connects over Wi-Fi as well as AT&T’s mobile broadband network, wirelessly downloads books, magazines, newspapers, blogs and personal documents to a 6-inch, high-resolution electronic paper display that looks and reads like real paper.
“We’re excited to work with AT&T to offer Kindle 3G to AT&T customers across the country,” said Mike McKenna, Vice President, Amazon Kindle. “Customers tell us they love Kindle 3G because of its light weight, battery life of up to one month, and advanced paper e-ink display that works in direct sunlight. Customers love being able to think of a book and be reading it in less than 60 seconds thanks to AT&T’s wireless network.”
The new Kindle 3G boasts the advanced paper-like Pearl E Ink display that is easy on the eyes and works outside in direct sunlight, massive storage of up to 3,500 books, up to one full month of battery life with the wireless off, no monthly wireless fees or annual contracts, and light weight which makes it easy to take with you everywhere you go — all for only $189.
Kindle offers the largest selection of the most popular books people want to read. The Kindle Store now has more than 810,000 books, including new releases and 107 of 111 New York Times Best Sellers. Over 670,000 of these books are $9.99 or less, including 79 New York Times Best Sellers. Kindle lets you “Buy Once, Read Everywhere” – on Kindle as well as on free Kindle apps for, iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, Mac, PC, BlackBerry, Windows Phone and Android-based devices. Amazon’s Whispersync technology saves and synchronizes your full library of books, bookmarks, last page read, highlights and annotations across all of your Kindles and Kindle apps so you never lose your place or are without your reading.