TKC 165 Amazon.com Press Conference

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News – All the news this week comes from Amazon’s press conference Wednesday, September 28, 2011, in New York City.  From a seat in the front row, I had a chance to closely observe Jeff Bezos’s remarkably intense overview of the Kindle story to date. Afterward, we circulated among demo stands where the new Kindle products were put through their paces – the Kindle ($79), Kindle Touch WiFi ($99), Kindle Touch 3G ($149), and the Kindle Fire ($199).  I live blogged the event in partnership with Stephen Windwalker of Kindle Nation DailyClick here to see the complete posts.  Other links related to the press conference: Video of 51-minute formal presentation by Bezos. Press release on the four new Kindles.  Press release on new Kindle Fire’s cloud-accelerated Silk Browser. The gorgeous and intentional Kindle Fire TV commercial.

Tech Tip – My navigation suggestions on the $79 Kindle, which has neither physical keyboard nor touch screen. But it’s not as tough as you’d think to enter text with it. Mine arrived today in time to try it out and tell you about it.

Interviews – Kindle Director Jay Marine (starts at 12:55) asserts that E Ink is at Day One, with plenty of innovation and commitment ahead for Amazon’s dedicated e-readers, even as the Fire makes its blistering debut. Chicago Sun-Times columnist Andy Ihnatko (starts at 27:24) is impressed with the new lineup and looks ahead to the drop of another shoe for the Fire: 3G service.  Also, a demo man puts a real-live Kindle Fire through its paces (starts at 22:10).

Content – I’ve started writing a short e-book about what I saw and thought at the press conference. The working title is Front Row at the Kindle Fire: Why I’m Glad Amazon Still Loves the Smell of E Ink. If you’d like to see a working draft and offer me your feedback, please send me an e-mail at PodChronicles at gmail dot com. I hope to have the book available for purchase for 99 cents by next week at the Kindle Store.

Other Links Mentioned – Brian Matt’s article about the product launch. Garret Riley’s $79 Kindle unboxing video. Karen Horvath’s suggestions for generating good Kindle title recommendations: goodreads, bookreporter, BookPage, and the Books on the Nightstand podcast.

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Comments 3

  1. Steve Campbell wrote:

    Hi Len – Did you get the chance to see the Kindle touch in action while at the event? I’m still using model 1 and am trying decide on grabbing the Kindle Keyboard now or waiting on the Kindle touch.

    I really enjoy your weekly podcast – it’s an every Saturday companion for me on that day’s run.

    Posted 03 Oct 2011 at 4:35 pm
  2. Len Edgerly wrote:

    Steve, they didn’t let us actually use the new devices, but I paid attention to the demo guy when he walked through the Kindle Touch. It looked terrific, and I’ve ordered a 3G model. One advantage of the Kindle Keyboard if you are looking at 3G is that it will still have the experimental browser for sites other than Wikipedia and the Kindle Store. The Touch 3G, it’s just been revealed, will only allow Wikipedia. I don’t use the browser on my K3 3G much at all, so this is not a big issue for me.

    I’m glad to hear how you listen to the podcast; that’s always of interest to me. Do you find the volume and clarity adequate for a run? Thanks for listening!

    Posted 03 Oct 2011 at 5:06 pm
  3. Steve Campbell wrote:

    Len – thanks for the news on the Touch 3G. That may actually be a deciding point for me. I like having an emergency web browser, just in case. Belts and suspenders, I guess.

    As for the volume while running – its’ perfect. One of the great things about listening while running is that I can’t make snap decisions on new Kindles and order them while listening.

    I look forward to hearing your review of the 3G touch after you receive it. I’ll make my final decision then.

    I also look forward to reading your “At the front Row” e-book when it comes out. Thanks for your work on TKC – it’s appreciated.

    Posted 07 Oct 2011 at 2:31 pm

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