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  • Is Amazon Turning The Kindle Into An iPad Knock-Off?



    In the world of mobile gadgets, the law of evolution is simple: evolve or perish.

    To avoid an untimely demise - or at least a preventable loss of market share - it appears that Amazon is poised and ready for the next evolutionary step in the life of its popular Kindle. The evidence? As some - including our friends at The New York Times - have noticed, Amazon has embarked on what can truly be called a hiring spree, posting an assortment of new openings that suggest Amazon is preparing a next generation Kindle.

    The announcement earlier this year about the iPad — with its high-contrast color screen, Web browser, games, applications and computing capabilities — brought a wave of of speculation over the future of Amazon’s e-reader.
    Amazon’s Kindle division, Lab 126, is looking for a few good men and women as the Kindle stands primed and ready for big changes. Recent clues from Amazon suggest that scores of new staffers, developers, and engineers have been put in place to introduce everything from gaming support to an SDK for the Kindle. Slowly but steadily, Amazon could very well be posturing itself to better compete with the iPad by dramatically overhauling the popular ereader to become a significantly more "dynamic" entertainment platform.

    For now, it isn't known if or when a next generation Kindle will roll out. But Amazon employees who aren't "authorized to speak publicly" tell the New York Times privately that something big is cooking. And so it shouldn't come as a big shocker to anyone when Amazon's next Kindle update looks surprisingly similar to the iPad - the very device that is all but certainly the primary inspiration for any major tweaks coming the Kindle's way.

    Image via New York Times
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Is Amazon Turning The Kindle Into An iPad Knock-Off? started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 23 Comments
    1. ownerofspam's Avatar
      ownerofspam -
      Oh thank god. I've been so concerned that I'll have to read my books in black on a grey screen on my kindle for years. Now I'll be able to see the book covers in their full glory and read black text on a white background.

      Now that I think about it, this is going to be like the switch from iPod Mini to iPod Nano. It'll have colors which don't really add that much, and really crappy games for the first two generations.
    1. biofail's Avatar
      biofail -
      Quote Originally Posted by ownerofspam View Post
      Oh thank god. I've been so concerned that I'll have to read my books in black on a grey screen on my kindle for years. Now I'll be able to see the book covers in their full glory and read black text on a white background.
      ownerofspam ftw
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      Real men read their books in rainbow
    1. swehbe's Avatar
      swehbe -
      isn't competition great!!
    1. TheDirtyDiddler's Avatar
      TheDirtyDiddler -
      Now all the people who were anti-iPad and pro-Kindle when iPad was first announced will have nothing left to argue.
    1. dsg's Avatar
      dsg -
      Is Amazon Turning The Kindle Into An iPad Knock-Off?
      No Because the Kindle came first
    1. knguyen's Avatar
      knguyen -
      Quote Originally Posted by dsg View Post
      No Because the Kindle came first
      Doesn't matter who came first. It's all about whoever is on top of the food chain.
    1. adp's Avatar
      adp -
      Quote Originally Posted by dsg View Post
      No Because the Kindle came first
      Quote Originally Posted by knguyen View Post
      Doesn't matter who came first. It's all about whoever is on top of the food chain.
      Quote Originally Posted by lolcats1 View Post
      I came first


      It doesn't matter who came first. What really matters is what's coming next.

    1. ryanofdiamonds's Avatar
      ryanofdiamonds -
      2016... iHouse????
      please oh please
    1. ill_graphics's Avatar
      ill_graphics -
      I'll take an iHouse Pro...lol . But seriously I want a Interactive 3D computer, that's when I'll buy a Mac . thisisasticup
      iPhone was 2007.
      I was thinking the same thing
    1. extremzocker's Avatar
      extremzocker -
      love the iBoard
    1. adp's Avatar
      adp -
      I did notice that the year is off, I didn't Photoshop the picture. I'm guessing the author wanted to point out the every 2 year trend
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      Until I can read books on any wall, the whole wall, in my house I say pfffft to the Kindle. Beat that Amazon!
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      &adp lol
    1. consultant's Avatar
      consultant -
      I wouldn't call Kindle popular. They sold 3 million kindles in 3 years. Apple sold 1 million iPad in 1 month.

      Plus the whole slow refresh of Kindle is annoying.
    1. Nickaroni22's Avatar
      Nickaroni22 -
      I'll take a iBoard……lol
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      man these mods got it out for me. what's my batting average for today?
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      It is because you are posting stuff that is not needed, and could be taken as inappropriate. We are being semi nice about it by just removing the post instead of giving an infraction; which may change.
    1. battlecrushr's Avatar
      battlecrushr -
      cats come on
      u know those comments were useless
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Quote Originally Posted by adp View Post
      It doesn't matter who came first. What really matters is what's coming next.

      Epic Win! Love it!

      Wake me up if Amazon turns Kindle into an iPad knock-off...ZZzzzzz...ZZZZZzzzzz...