Friday, September 30, 2011

Thoughts about Amazon's Kindle Fire

All the nerds and geekettes were waiting in anticipation for the Kindle Fire. This is a good summary by Consumer Reports:

Let me say that I've been waiting a long time for somebody to get a clue and design a device for users. This is a good start.

I knew that it wasn't going to be an iPad killer. Not the intent. The intent of the Kindle Fire is to drive sales to Amazon and make it easier to access content that users want to purchase.
  • Books
  • Magazines
  • Music
  • Games
  • Limited Access to e-mail and other parts of the Internet.
Folks, we are seeing the establishment of another retail vendor becoming a communications distribution network. You want to target Amazon users? You have to speak nice to Amazon. They have contracts with many mainstream broadcast vendors and publications that might not want to pay the Apple piper any more than they have to.

Is there a space for user generated content in the Kindle Fire Cloud?

Yes and no.

You can upload audio content for sale on Amazon. I know some of the San Gabriel Valley Poets and others creators have albums for sale. Musicians can do the same.

At the Kindle store you can upload self published books. The Internet marketers and spammers have damn near wrecked the joint. Yet there are actual authors making money via their own promotional efforts using blogs and web sites as promotional tools that sell in the Kindle store.

Could video creators offer their video work for sale? Would Amazon consider contracting with places like and other web video distributors for video web content?

Will Amazon offer a content creators the option to sell their videos?

I don't know. It goes back to the vetting process.

They did not do a good stopping the book spammers invading the Kindle Store. I can't see them wanting to face that again with video content. It would be easier for them to deal with the broadcast networks and cable companies.

The very people that don't make innovative content or continue to do lowest common denominator television.

So. I guess the thing to do is prepare.

Start thinking about what would we have to do to make videos Kindle Fire compatible for sale?

This is leading to other ideas. I gotta go. I'm having an idea explosion.

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