X

This website uses cookies.

This website uses cookies to improve user experience. By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy.

I agree
Learn More
Great Geek Gifts in the Technabob Shop!Get Technabob Daily: Join our Mailing List! | Follow Us: Facebook | Twitter
Awesomer Media Sites: THE AWESOMER | MIGHTYMEGA | 95OCTANE
Follow Us:
Cool Gadgets, Gizmos, Games and Geek Stuff on Technabob

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

by Lambert Varias
Advertisement

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 ]

 

Deals in The Technabob Shop



More from Awesomer Media...

DJI Spark Drone

DJI Spark Drone

Why Buggy Games Exist

Why Buggy Games Exist

FIAT Outs Refreshed 500L for 2018

FIAT Outs Refreshed 500L for 2018

Workhorse W-15 Electric Truck Might Get Consumer Version

Workhorse W-15 Electric Truck Might Get Consumer Version

Final Trailer for Luc Besson’s Valerian

Final Trailer for Luc Besson’s Valerian

Mezco Toyz One:12 Collective Dr. Strange Action Figure

Mezco Toyz One:12 Collective Dr. Strange Action Figure

Advertisement