iPad Threat Looms Large over Amazon’s Kindle

Discussion in 'Apple iPad News' started by Maura, Jun 19, 2010.

By Maura on Jun 19, 2010 at 8:32 AM
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    Forbe’s Velocity tech blog reports on the fact that Amazon’s stock has been down this year due to investor concern over the long-term impact of iBooks on Amazon’s own Kindle reader. Forbes quotes a report by Citi analyst Mark Mahaney which predicts that Kindle’s current price and selection superiority over iBooks won’t last.

    Mahaney based his analysis on a study of the New York Times best-sellers list, with the major points of his investigations being that Kindle currently has 88 percent of NYT fiction/non-fiction best-sellers, as opposed to 63 percent for iBooks, that Kindle currently has a 10 percent price advantage over iBooks, and that 50 percent of NYT fiction/non-fiction best sellers are available for both platforms, with 80 percent of the books being the same price on each platform.

    Although these figures might initially sound positive for Amazon, Forbes points out that if iBooks is performing almost as well as Kindle after just a few months, it will doubtless have overtaken Kindle in a year, especially with so many more iPhone 4s, iPads and iPod touches carrying iBooks after the launch of iPhone 4 and iOS 4 next week.

    Source: Forbes.com
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Discussion in 'Apple iPad News' started by Maura, Jun 19, 2010.

    1. figmo10
      If Amazon believed that iBooks and the iPad would be such a threat, Bezos et. al made a brilliant move with the Kigndle iApp. I've sold both of our household Kindles since buying the iPad, but I've bought nothing from iBooks and more than a few titles from the Kindle store. I expect that the loser in this competition will be the consumer as the price and availability gap quickly narrows between the two vendors. Amazon began as an online bookstore while iTunes started out selling music.
    2. Ripplinghurst
      I think the iPad is too heavy for reading, holding it with one hand can be tiring.

      The Kindle has better battery and it's much lighter, not to mention the screen is so much better (not reflective at all, while the iPad is a glare country).

      I think there's a market for the Kindle, surely, but it's much smaller than the iPad's.
    3. iVan
      Amazon is still a better option here. There are still no iBooks to be purchased.
    4. Temp40
      effective anti-glare screen protectors have been available for the iPad since it's debut and aren't that expensive either
    5. Abrennan
      It seems that only the USA and Canada can see books in iBooks other than the standard out of copyright books. Is that correct?

      That means as more people in the world get iPads then more and more will go to Amazon as they cannot get any worthwhile books from iBooks. I have bought at least ten books from Amazon and bought none from iBooks.

      It would seem that iBooks will have to open up the the world or be wiped out by Amazon anywhere except USA and Canada. At the moment Amazon rocks for anyone outside the North Americas.

      Any thoughts about why amazons selling books to the world that iBooks aren't.
    6. Ripplinghurst
      Effective? Not so fast. I do have an AG screen protector, just bought another (writeshield, the best in the biz, AFAIK). They do improve things, but you still can see reflections. Not so much with indoor lighting, but outside, outdoors, it is still bad. What they do is they SPREAD the reflection accross the screen, they do not ABSORB them behind the screen, like a transflective screen does.

      The ideal treatment has to be done inside the screen too: AR coatings on the internal side of the Capacitive touchscreen glass, optically bonded to the internal LCD glass, which also should have AR coatings to both sides. That Apple didn't do that is evident, since it's clearly mirror glossy. I'm not a specialist or anything, just read this article a couple years ago, and I think it's a fairly simple explanation of the challenges involved trying to fight the sun light.


      It was a BAD BAD decision for Apple not to offer a matte screen for those who, say, love to read by the pool, who prefers to read or work outdoors, or plan to use the ipad also in the car.

      Glossy works great for couch potatoes, though. :)
    7. not2fly1000
      I'd like to see the iPad incorporate the Kindle-esque screen settings for reading ala Innoversal's prototype device and the Notion Ink Tablet. I think those devices are better situated as Kindle killers because of the extended battery life and easiness on the eyes of the "eReader" screen settings.
    8. arshield
      The cataloge is important, but sales are more important. It does not matter if ibooks has the same number of books as kindle. The issues is whether ibooks sells as many books as kindle. Right now, the prospects of that happening are very slim in the next two years. Kindle owners buy books. Ipad owners may buy some books. My guess is that the average kindle owner buys at least 15 books for kindle a year ( I have had my kindle for just over two years and I have more than 400 kindle books, some public domain but only a couple dozen.) How many books do you think the average ipad user is going to buy a year. I would say 1 to 3 because more than half of the ipad owners will never buy a book on the ipad. They did not buy the ipad to read books, they bought it as a computer, game platform, productivity device, email or web browser.

      I am very skeptical of any estimates that have ipad coming even with kindle sales within two to three years. Past that, I have no idea.
    9. Ripplinghurst
      WHOA, I'd buy those! :)

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