Happy Sunday, WG2E-Land!
What an exciting day this past Thursday when Amazon unveiled its new Kindle Family!
I took part in the event via ABC News dot com’s LiveBlog, which is a fabulous fun techno tool! Here’s the link:
***Note: Thanks sooo much to ABC Reporter Joanna Stern for giving me a nice shout-out by using my comment - regarding what Amazon’s KDP has done for me – when Jeff Bezos was talking about Amazon Kindle making bestsellers out of authors who’d been rejected for years.
What I think is just brilliant about The Zon’s new Kindle Line is perfectly captured by Bezos’ tag line:
“We haven’t built the best tablet at a certain price. We have built the best tablet at any price.”
Basically, what they’ve done is introduce a line of Kindles that range in price from $69 to $499. Making a Kindle for every budget and every level of technological ability desired.
You can review the entire line here:
Get a fabulous comparison between the current Kindles and all the new ones from The WG2E’s own Bufo Calvin at I Love My Kindle:
And catch more techno scoop here:
This last article from ZDNet, in particular, makes a fantastic point. Reporter Adrian Kingsley-Hughes says:
“…as with most things, it’s not a one-size-fits-all tablet. That said, Kindle Fire HD is probably the closest thing to a one-size-fits-all tablet that seen yet.”
And that’s exactly what I believe The Zon was after!
Also worth noting is that Kobo also introduced their new tablet – The Kobo Arc – on Thursday, which you can get all the scoop on here:
I think this will be a huge player internationally (where Amazon just doesn’t seem to be able to get devices fast enough) just like the previous line of Kobo Readers has been!
For me, what all of this means is that now people have even more ways to “find” us. I look at every single device made as simply one more avenue by which I can reach readers. As long as I make sure I’m available EVERYWHERE, it’s another path to sales.
It’s Your Turn, WG2E-Land: What are your thoughts on Amazon’s Tablet at Any Price strategy? And what about Kobo? How will all of this shake down?
The Best of Tablets for Everyone Wishes — D. D. Scott
P.S. The WG2E’s very own Theresa Ragan – who I’m over the moon thrilled to be writing with for a Christmas book this year – was flown to the event by Amazon! Congrats to you, Theresa!!! We can’t wait to hear all about your trip!!!