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Chicago – Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) confirmed what Amazon had always planned, that a Kindle will help drive sales.
The CIRP study found that Kindle owners spend about $1,233 per year on the site, compared to $790 for other Amazon customers. These results are based on a CIRP report based on a survey of 300 people who made a purchase on Amazon for the three month period ending Nov. 15.
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Seattle — Two Kindle tablet models were the best-selling items on Amazon.com over the Thanksgiving weekend, the e-tailer reported.
Sales of the Kindle Fire HDX (7-inch version) and Kindle Fire HD also helped make the holiday shopping weekend “the best ever” for the company’s proprietary tablet and e-reader line, which enjoyed record orders.
“We’re excited that so many customers have chosen Kindle this holiday season,” said Kindle VP Neil Lindsay. “And it’s just getting started.”
Seattle – Amazon today introduced a new program that allows Kindle buyers to design a personalized device cover.
Called Amazon Origami, the Kindle purchaser can either upload an image or choose from a variety of Amazon-supplied backgrounds, logos or designs.
Amazon Origami is offered at no additional cost to the cover being purchased and is available on covers for all of Amazon Kindle e-reader and tablet products.
Seattle — Amazon unveiled the third-generation Kindle Fire on Wednesday, known as the Kindle Fire HDX.
Two screen sizes will be offered — 7 inches and 8.9 inches — both available without or without 4G. Pricing is as follows for the 7-inch model with special offers and sponsored screensavers (versions without special offers add $15 to the price).
** Wi-Fi 16GB: $229
** Wi-Fi 32GB: $269
** Wi-Fi 64GB: $309
** 4G 16GB: $329
** 4G 32GB: $369
** 4G 34GB: $409
The 8.9-inch model is as follows:
Seattle – Amazon today rolled out its sixth-generation e-reader, the Kindle Paperwhite.
Two versions of the e-reader are on tap. The basic Paperwhite ($119) is available for pre-order now and will ship on Sept. 30. The Paperwhite Wi-Fi + 3G will carry a $189 price tag and will become available on Nov. 5. While it is not available for pre-order yet, those interested can sign up now to receive a notification from Amazon when pre-orders start.
Seattle — Amazon is pumping up tablet competition by dropping the prices of its Kindle Fire HD 8.9 tablet by $30 for the Wi-Fi version and by $100 for the 4G version.
Both versions became available in the U.S. late last year. Amazon cited the economies of scale that will accrue now that it has opened up distribution to Europe and Japan.
New York — Tablet sales during the fourth quarter of 2012 accounted for almost half of all of last year’s sales, according to Futuresource.
The research firm reported global sales during the quarter reached 64 million units and totaled 136 million units for all of 2012. The quarterly sales figure represented a 100 percent increase over the fourth quarter in 2011 and for the year, tablet sales were up 119 percent, said Arun Gill, market analyst, Futuresource Consulting.
Seattle — Amazon.com is offering a $50 discount on its 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD today.
The one-day sale suggests that demand for its top-of-the-line tablet may be trailing that of its lower-priced 7-inch models.
The temporary discount brings the price of the 8.9-inch 4G LTE wireless Kindle Fire with 32GB and sponsored screensavers down to $449 from $499, and reduces the 64GB model to $549 from $599.
Similarly, the price of the Wi-Fi only, screen-saver subsidized version will be reduced to $249 from $299, and the 32GB model will sell for $319, down from $369.
Grapevine, Texas — GameStop has joined the roster of retailers carrying Amazon.com’s Kindle Fire tablets.
The specialty gaming chain is now selling the 7-inch HD model ($200) in all U.S. GameStop locations, and is offering the 8.9-inch HD version ($300) and basic Kindle Fire ($160) in select stores.