Wednesday, November 9, 2011

A week away from launch time, Amazon plays up its app portfolio for the Kindle Fire

Next week the Kindle Fire is launched by Amazon, so today the company issued a press release to play up some of the apps that will be ready on the first day.

Making launch day will be Facebook, Twitter, Pandora, Netflix, Rhapsody, games from Electronic Arts and others.

"We started talking to app developers everywhere the day we introduced Kindle Fire, and the response has been overwhelming,” Dave Limp, Vice President, Amazon Kindle is quoted as saying in the announcement.

Other apps mentioned include Allrecipes, Bloomberg, Cut the Rope, Doodle Fit, Doodle Jump, Fruit Ninja, Jenga, LinkedIn, Zillow, Airport Mania, Battleheart, Pulse, The Cat in the Hat, Quickoffice Pro, Jamie’s 20-Minute Meals, IMDb Movies & TV, and Monkey Preschool Lunchbox. Noticeably missing, however, were publications such as newspapers and consumer magazines specifically designed for a color Kindle tablet.

Unlike Apple, which promised that those who pre-ordered the first iPad would all receive their tablets on launch day – quite an accomplishment – Amazon is simply stating that the Kindle Fire is launching on November 15. Ships dates vary so it is not known when TNM, for instance, will receive a Kindle Fire to write about. It will be interesting to see if Amazon makes sure those who preordered their tablets receive them on launch day as Apple did.

1 Comment:

tablazines said...

Yes I contacted Amazon the minute I heard about the Kindle to try and get our publications and this was the just of our conversation:

"Thanks for the time on the phone yesterday. With Kindle Fire just being released, we have a massive back log of work to get through right now. The ingestion process to get onto Kindle is going to take a while work through from both a Replica and App experience prerogative. If you are looking to get onto the Fire right away, I would suggest visiting the link at the bottom of the email. The KPP portal allows publishers to create a feed that goes directly to all Kindle platforms. It is self-managed and the quickest way to get your product to market. If you would like to hold out until you can come onto Fire with either and App or Replica content, that timeline is looking closer to the end of Q1."

I'd just rather wait and do a proper mag app as opposed to publishing through the current Kindle Portal.