Monday, November 28, 2011

Kindle sold ‘millions’ of units in eight weeks

The Kindle Fire is all the rage in the technology world right now, mainly because of its cut-throat pricing of $199 for being a function tablet that gives iPad the run for its money. Whether we will ever get to see it in UAE is still a looming question, but Amazon reports that their Kindle line of products have been enjoying quite healthy sales these past weeks.

The company bragged in their recent press release that they managed to sell ‘millions’ of units of their Kindle products (which also includes the e-readers) in the past eight weeks since their new product line was announced.  They boast that the Kindle Fire was the best selling item for the store Target at Black Friday 2011.

“Even before the busy holiday shopping weekend, we’d already sold millions of the new Kindle family and Kindle Fire was the bestselling product across all of Black Friday was the best ever for the Kindle family – customers purchased 4X as many Kindle devices as they did last Black Friday – and last year was a great year,” said Dave Limp, Vice President, Amazon Kindle. “In addition, we’re seeing a lot of customers buying multiple Kindles – one for themselves and others as gifts – we expect this trend to continue on Cyber Monday and through the holiday shopping season.”

It was already expected that the Kindle Fire would sell well since it caters directly to the audience that doens’t want to or have the resources to spend 500 dollars on a tablet and that’s where its true market lies. It’s a competent tablet for sure but doesn’t have the extra bells and whistles that its bigger brothers iPad and Samsung Galaxy Tab carry, but then it isn’t charged that high either.

Personally, I would love to see it release here with the services enabled for the country rather than being bound to US only. Would you buy one?

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