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Amazon to Give Away Kindle For Free This Year? [Rumor]

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A handful of people have noticed that the price for Amazon’s Kindle has been steadily dropping. That fact alone shouldn’t be surprising, because almost any gadget experiences a price drop as time passes by. The thing is, the rate at which the price of the device is decreasing is quite consistent, and if we were to trust in that rate, then we can predict that by November of this year the Kindle would be free.

kindle with price forecast

Kevin Kelly even mentioned this extrapolation to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. His reaction? “He merely smiled and said, “Oh, you noticed that!” And then smiled again.” But it would be stupid to expect Amazon to just give away the product to anyone right? Michael Arrington has a possible answer to that: give the Kindle for free to the people who have already proven themselves to be spenders. And not just spenders, but Amazon spenders –  Amazon Prime members.

That way the Kindle would be like razors or printers – the profit would come from the content. I guess we’ll have to wait and see what happens this year, but if all this turns out to be true, then Amazon has quite an attractive proposition here. For $79 (USD) a year, Prime members already get free 2-day shipping (no minimum amount required), reduced rates on 1-day shipping, and free streaming of videos via Amazon Instant Video. By next year, Amazon will probably be paying Prime members to take a Kindle. At least that’s what the graph says. Or not.

[via J-Walk Blog & TechCrunch via The Technium via Kottke ]

 






Comments (1):

  1. CR Sinclair says:

    KINDLE FOR FREE? YOU BETTER THINK TWICE!
    I am in transit in Brisbane (Australia) and I JUST ORDERED AND GOT via KINDLE whisperjet ‘THE UNOFFICIAL HARRY POTTER VOCABULARY BUILDER” for my kid. AND, WHEN, a minute after it, I ASKED FOR “FALL OF GIANTS” I GOT SOME IDIOTIC MESSAGE that, since I am travelling 9KINDLE KNOWS THATT!!!), KINDLE can’t send it to me, AND THAT I AM SUPPOSED TO CONTACT KINDLE CUSTOMER SERVICE IN ORDER TO CONTINUE PURCHASING KINDLE ITEMS.

    I do not reallY appreciate the fact that I am REQUIRED TO REPORT TO KINDLE(!!!) about my OR ANY MEMBER OF MY FAMILY IS TRAVELLING IN ORDER TO RECEIVE A BOOK I AM PAYING FOR.

    KINDLE, SHOW ME NOW MY CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATION with YOU WHERE THIS MORONIC IDEA HAS BEEN STIPULATED. IF YOU CAN’T FIND IT, LET ME HAVE “FALL OF THE GIANTS” NOW OR RETURN MY MONEY FOR MISTAKE I HAVE MADE SO I CAN BUY ME AN IPaD OR NOOK INSTEAD.

    THANK YOU.

    ps: WHAT ARE YOU? SOME KIND OF BIG BROTHER? If you ask for publicity to this effect, you just may just get it.

    C. R. Sinclair
    Visiting professor
    University of Economics, Prague
    Faculty of Management
    Jarošovská 1117/II
    Jindřichův Hradec 377 01
    CZECH REPUBLIC
    Phone: +420 737 926 224

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