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I’ve never seen this ad before today. It doesn’t appear on YouTube and there’s no Twitter chatter about it aside from my mention and one other. So I think this is brand new.
In a TV ad of a whopping two minutes in length, Amazon is pushing its Prime service really hard. In time for the holidays — as they are keen to mention in the ad.
What interests me is the mention of the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, letting Prime members read books for free. This should help writers, allowing them to spread the word to Prime members for free reading — and getting paid for it — instead of just giving away their work for free and getting nothing for it.
The complete ad can be seen here.
Steven Troughton-Smith has got me to thinking about the Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet. And when I ruminate about something, I mentally replay all that I’ve seen and read in my head.
And what popped up with a flag in my replay was this:
That’s the Kindle app. Already on the Dell Venue 8 Pro.
And that led me to the incredibly stupid thing Amazon has been doing.
US$494 for 64GBs of storage and 2GBs of RAM undercuts a 16GBs full-size iPad.
Apple just got mauled. Do they even realize it?
It’s not that hard.
Amazon has the lesson of China’s Xiaomi.
Xiaomi sells its phones just about at cost and makes their money selling services, apps, and accessories. They also make their phones in limited batches. They don’t do the kind of long production runs we here in the West expect, like Apple does with the iPhone. This is why Xiaomi is so damned hot in China. And also why Xiaomi has gone to a valuation of $10B in just a few years. Whether that valuation is true or not, don’t carp. The same could be said of Amazon for years!
And I see the Kindle Basic hasn’t been changed at all.
Where’s the Amazon phone?
An unplanned trip to Manhattan today. Stopped in some stores and pawed at or just looked at a few things. All photos have been resized any resampled to VGA; click any to enlarge.
That’s the new Acer eight-inch full Windows 8 tablet. I don’t think that’s going to sell big. At eight inches, a 4:3 screen would be better. And the screen itself is a bit hinky, with colors going all weird when not viewed head-on. The one shot of the screen I have I can’t run because my mug is prominently reflected in it.
Storyteller begins by scanning a movie script that has been uploaded to Amazon Studios. It identifies the scenes, locations and characters from scene descriptions, and “casts” them from a library of thousands of characters, props and backgrounds. Filmmakers can recast or change locations, or they can upload their own images. Storyteller places the cast in front of the right background so that filmmakers can focus their time on the emotion and energy of scenes by using pan and zoom, changing the facial expressions and positions of characters, adding vehicles or props or adding captions with descriptions or additional dialogue. Once completed, the storyboard can be published on Amazon Studios where other users are able to view it and give feedback on the project. Amazon Storyteller is free—anyone can visit AmazonStudios.com and use this new tool to visualize their movie script and share it with others.
Meanwhile, the collusive Big Six/Five/Four of book publishing think about Amazon only in terms of books.