Amazon planning iPad rival - report

2011-07-14 11:30

Washington - Online retail giant Amazon plans to unveil a tablet computer before October in a bid to carve out a slice of a growing market dominated by Apple's iPad, The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.

The newspaper, citing "people familiar with the matter", also said Amazon plans to release two updated versions of its Kindle electronic reader in the third quarter of the year.

The Journal said the tablet from Amazon will have a roughly 22.8cm screen and will be powered by Google's Android operating system.

It will not have a camera, the Journal said, but will allow users to watch videos, read electronic books and listen to digital music they purchase or rent from Amazon.

The newspaper said Amazon is outsourcing production to an Asian manufacturer and would not design the tablet itself.

Amazon said one of the updated Kindles will be a touch screen device while the other will not have a touch screen.

Amazon on Wednesday began selling a cut-price version of its Kindle 3G sponsored by US telecom carrier AT&T.

The Kindle 3G with Special Offers was priced at $139 as compared with $189 for the same e-reader without on-screen ads.

Kindle 3G is designed to connect to mobile networks in more than 100 countries at no cost to users, according to Amazon.

Amazon does not release Kindle sales figures but the Journal said that according to Forrester Research estimates the company has sold 7.5 million Kindles in the US.

  • Sharon - 2011-07-14 12:38

    I have a kindle as well as pretty much everyone in my family and I can't recommend it highly enough if you read. Books range from free (just got over 25 books free, all new stuff, all excellent) to about $12 for new releases.

      Sean Coetzee - 2011-07-14 12:44

      Where do you find the free books Sharon?

      Time - 2011-07-14 13:10

      hey sharon also have the kindle and love it - where do you get the free boks from?

      Deezil - 2011-07-14 13:54

      Erm, from Amazon perhaps? they do list thousands of free public domain books.

      Fanny Mc Pee - 2011-07-14 14:29

      @Sean Lots of free books floating around on various torrents. Just downloaded all of Ludlum, Le Carre, Clancy DeMille and even King's books. (And I mean ALL of 'em)

      World Traveler - 2011-07-14 14:44

      @Fanny Mc Pee - Just got my Kindle! Where did you get those books you mention from? They are on my wish list.

      GeorgeSA - 2011-07-14 20:33

      @Sean Try the following website:

  • preshengovender69 - 2011-07-14 16:09

    Kindle is good because you can read erotica book without people seeing the cover

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