In addition to his report on a talk by Plastic Logic's Sarah Geata, which reminded me that the Plastic Logic won't have email or a web browser, he listed some details from the talk by Guy Tasaka from LibreDigital, formerly NewsStand, who gave a breakdown of costs for delivering a newspaper on the Kindle:
> Avg. file size = 1.2MBAmazon has just recently started charging 15c per megabyte (rounded up) to send a converted personal document direct to a Kindle via Whispernet, which includes also the cost of converting the file sent to them, so this was of interest in connection with the new charge and gives a vague idea of how much the bandwidth could cost in general per Amazon Kindle user on the average. Or not.
> Bandwidth cost = .12 cents MB
> Selling price = $13.99 month
> Monthly bandwidth cost = $4.32
That eats into monthly cost of serving content into Kindle. So Amazon is probably losing money on some of the lower cost publications it sells. This cost doesn't even include advertising in the mix.
As mentioned the other day in the "Stats" entry here,
"According to a reliable source in the know, The New Yorker's Kindle split is divided 33% New Yorker, 33% Amazon, and 33% wireless carrier."That does makes sense when you use the numbers by Tasaka above. Below are ways to Share this post if you'd like others to see it.
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