Amazon is showcasing today "the world-class work of D.M. Annechino, Scott Nicholson, Blair S. Walker, Traci Hohenstein, and Rex Kusler. With settings ranging from Kusler's gritty, Great Recession-era Las Vegas to rural America and Nicholson's harrowing Monkey House drug trials, these suspenseful books promise to keep you reading into the night."
The up to 80% discount ends at Sunday night.
Reminder - The Kindle Fire app, Office Suite Professional 6 discounted price from $14.99 to $0.99
The usual rumors
Almost every news site is repeating the latest rumors from Digitimes which has been about 60% accurate when it comes to details, in the past, and usually over-optimistic about delivery dates, even when they're naming suppliers and talking about actual orders. They're not naming suppliers nor talking about orders at this point, so the sourcing given by them is vaguer than most of their reports.
. Still, what they predict is likely to happen eventually because all these companies do upgrade their models, at which point they price the earlier model lower (as has been done with the Kindle 3 AKA Kindle Keyboard).
Their latest article, linked above, written by Max Wang and Joseph Tsai, says that "reportedly" Amazon "may" drop the 7" Kindle Fire price when they release another model, which Digitimes writes, "Amazon is SAID to be 'considering' doing "at the beginning of the third quarter. This release uses more conditional wording than I've seen from them in the past.
It makes sense to me that one would be ready sometime in the third quarter though, so I'd be surprised if a new, 2nd model wasn't added to the 'tablet family' in July or August.
We know that a lighted e-Ink model is likely around that time as well, but the wording in this report is that it's third quarter at the earliest" and they even err in saying "backlight" which isn't possible with e-Ink. The earlier 'leak' from a reporter who saw it (months ago when it wasn't ready) said it was front-lighted, as is the Nook's.
Also, if Amazon wants to expand its tablet market share (it doesn't sell Kindle Fires overseas yet), it'd be smart to have one tablet with added features and one which would be the economy version (the current Kindle Fire). Apple has 16/32/64 gigs of storage options available on each iPad. They're also selling the iPad 2 for $100 less than the $500 it went for the year before, now that they've boosting the display resolution of the iPad 3 with the Retina display.
Digitimes' "sources from the upstream supply chain" say they "expect Amazon to release a new 7" Kindle Fire, which would have a screen resolution of 1280 by 800 vs the current 1024 by 600 (and I would imagine more storage and memory) while lowering the price of the current one to $149 once they ever release a more fully featured model.
Contrary to their earlier reports, Digitimes now say there is no 8.9" tablet coming (the 'development' of one has been "halted", they say), but as of this week, their "latest information" is that a 10" one is planned for the end of this year OR the beginning of next year.
Microsoft is said to be announcing something along with Nokia on Monday.
People are expecting a tablet from Microsoft too.
That State Dept Contract
Hillary Clinton and Jeff Bezos are set to announce Kindle Mobile Learning Initiative next Wednesday.
This is another report by Laura Hazard Owen on the State Dept contract negotiations in connection with the no-bid contract for up to $16.5 million for Amazon Kindles, operations management, service and support, including a 24/7 help desk, and quick non-questioned free replacements as needed.
Earlier blog articles with detail on this are:
It was said Friday that the contract isn't signed yet, but the wording left it as a formality. Amazon needs to 'respond' to the contract stipulations and the two sides need to work out the details. That is pretty common. Do we think Amazon will turn down the $16.5 million potential?
Also, the joint appearance by Secretary of State Clinton and Amazon's CEO Bezos to announce the global launch of the Kindle Mobile Learning Initiative June 20 at a press conference would seem quite strange if things weren't expected to be in place. They are calling it a 'pilot program' at this point.
Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award
The winners of the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award were named by Amazon, Penguin Group (USA) and CreateSpace today: Alan Averill and Regina Sirois. The link has all the details.
' Alan Averill is the Grand Prize winner in the general fiction category for his novel, "The Beautiful Land," while Regina Sirois was awarded the Grand Prize in the young adult fiction group for her novel, "On Little Wings." Both authors have received a publishing contract from Penguin Group (USA) that includes a $15,000 advance. "The Beautiful Land" and "On Little Wings" will be published by Berkley Books and Viking Books for Young Readers, respectively. The novels are now available for pre-order on Amazon.com at www.amazon.com/abna. '
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