When asked about the possibility of an Amazon tablet, company President and CEO Jeff Bezos said to “stay tuned” as plans are unveiled. In an interview with Customer Reports, Bezos claimed that an Amazon tablet would simply act as a supplement to the wildly popular Kindle eReader.
This could also be Amazon’s way to split their user base by supporting both a stand-alone eReader in addition to a tablet. But what would the release of a tablet mean for the fate of the Kindle’s one-dimensional offerings?
“We will always be very mindful that we will want a dedicated reading device,” Bezos said. “In terms of any other product introductions, I shouldn’t answer.”
A dedicated reading device, eh? And what’s the likelihood that consumers will want to purchase both an eReader and a tablet? Let’s think about this. The tablet, while a tad bit more expensive, is capable of performing the same tasks as an eReader and then some. So what would drive consumers into purchasing a Kindle? Also, what ever happened to good old paperback books? There’s just something that’s far more dignifying about a shelf full of books when compared to a single digital device containing written material.
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