Kindle Fire Is a Good Competitor According to IT Experts

Few would disagree with the statement that Amazon's Kindle and the associated Kindle Store are revolutionary in the field of books and publishing. Their collection has millions of electronic books available for sale, such as popular Romance Books, cooking and recipe books, as well as popular classics by authors such as Jules Verne and William Shakespeare.

When the Kindle was first released, it became an instant success. But just like with any other electronic gadget, there had to be progress. The latest edition of this progress would be the arrival of the Amazon Kindle Fire, which offers many interesting features to its users. The device has not been released yet, but according to a Computer World report, it is expected to ship on November 15th 2011 and pre-sale orders are already being taken.

One of the main advantages of the Kindle Fire is its relatively low price point of $199. Its main features are a 7 inch color screen, capable of displaying at a 1024 by 600 resolution. It also contains a browser that lets users access multimedia content and social networking sites, as well as practically any other website on the web. Of course, it does retain the ability to read PDF files, which is a common format for many eBooks distributed outside of the Amazon Kindle store, such as independently produced online erotic books.

The low price point of the device means that is will be able to compete well against Barnes & Noble's Nook Color, which costs $249. According to Bob O'Donnell, an analyst working for IDC, the price of the Kindle Fire would be low enough to make it an impulse buy for some shoppers. Furthermore, one of the reasons behind this low price is the fact that Amazon will be engaging in direct sales, that is selling the Kindle Fire directly from its online store and not in retailers. Some believe that this may change in the future as was the case with previous versions of the Kindle, which first were sold exclusively online, but then made their way to retail stores around the globe.

Analysts are predicting that the fact that the user cannot try out the device in a store will not impede sales, as buyers of the Kindle Fire will have access to a detailed list of features and product specifications on Amazon's website. Furthermore, the vast majority of these buyers would already know how an e-reader works and what it can do for them, therefore the ability to actually see the device in action in a store is not expected to be a very important point for consumers. Some buyers who were considering getting the $499 Apple iPad may even opt to go for a Kindle Fire instead, as it contains many of the same features that they would be looking for.


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