The Kindle Book
Stacey Ackerman, Tom Bass, Juliette Burguieres, Brian Cash, Dan
Table of Contents
1.Amazon Company Information
7.Summary of Tasks
Amazon.com was founded in 1994 by Jeff Bezos based out of his garage in
After receiving large investments from two businessmen, Bezos began looking
for other ways to improve his website, he added book reviews, allowing the site
to attain a more community feel rather than just a vendor site.
By 1997, Amazon.com had pulled in $15.7 million in revenue, and officially
went public as a company.
By 1998, the site was offering items other than books such as CD’ s, movies,
electronics, video games, toys, and home improvement materials.
By 1999, the site has made over a billion dollars in sales
Amazon faltered for a short time in 2001 due to the economy with a reported
loss of $1.4 billion, which led to severe cut backs including laying off almost
Bezos’ solution to the failing company was to recruit other companies to sell
their products online. The profits Amazon shared with these companies from this
idea led to the resurgence of the site and ultimately saved the company.
Today, Amazon remains one of the most popular online vendors in the world.
History of the Brand
November 2007, Amazon.com introduced the Kindle, an electronic book reader
made to revolutionize the way we read books, newspapers, web blogs amongst
The original price of the Kindle was $399.
The price was eventually dropped to $359 in May 2008.
Shortly after the price $40 price drop Amazon made a few changes to the
Kindle including changes to its shape.
February 2009, a new Kindle was introduced, it was thinner, crisper, contained
a longer battery life, and had the capability to hold hundreds of more books.
In May 2009, a third version of the Kindle was released, this version contained a
screen 2.5 times the size of the original model’ s screen. It also made available
three of the largest textbook publishers works.
By July 2009, one company had illegally added books to Kindle users systems
resulting in Amazon issuing refunds to consumers whose devices these illegal
copies were removed from.
July 2009, USA Today’ s Best Selling Books List announced it would include
Kindle Book sales in their overall sales rankings.
The Kindle contains almost all books currently being published, and the most
obvious incentive in purchasing the Kindle is to save money on books.
Consumers can purchase new releases for just under $10, while hardcover
versions sell for much more.
In addition to buying Kindle books, users can read books in Mobipocket or text
formats with Amazon’ s email-based conversion service, as well as limited MP3
Mission of the Brand
The Kindle’ s purpose is to bring the art of reading into the 21st century and to
change the way we use social media. It is a conveniently portable device on
which readers can store hundreds of titles and bring them anywhere they go.
There is a subtle environmental goal for the device since this will reduce the
need for paper and cutting down trees.
While there has not been much posted on the average age of Kindle users because
it is a fairly new product on the market, certain blogs have made it obvious that
since Kindle has been introduced to the market it has appealed more to the middle
aged and retired demographics.
According to one study that polled 700 Kindle users, 50% of all users are over 50
years old, and 27% of the total users who replied to the poll were over 60 years old.
A blog found on Amazon’ s website titled Average Kindle Owner’ s Age made it very
apparent that many user’ s young and old are buying the Kindle to help them read
because they suffer from arthritis or poor eyesight.
A video from Amazon’ s Kindle website featuring current users told the story of 13
individuals who own the Kindle. All people featured appeared to be over the age of
30, and all currently had stable jobs. Including a few teachers as well as two
One major problem that faces potential Kindle users is the fact that it runs off of
Sprint’ s Wireless Network, causing some places to receive little or no connectivity,
which can limit where Kindle owners can actually use their device.
With the Kindle’ s steep price ranging between $300 to almost $500, not everyone
will be going out and buying the Kindle on a sudden whim. Most people featured in
the Amazon user video received their Kindle at specific times of the year.
The Holiday season from November to January seemed to be when most people
received or bought their Kindle’ s.
However many bloggers also talked about buying it for the summer or beach
reading season as well.
With the addition of college text books being added to the array of books you can
purchase for your Kindle, in the years to come Amazon may see a steady increase in
sales during the months of July and August, the time when incoming college
students prepare for their first semester away from home.
•Slim- just 1/3 an inch
oPortable, Stored Away Easily
•Light weight- 10.2 (lighter than typical paperback)
oGoes unnoticed while traveling, easy to hold while reading,
•Wireless- 3G anytime anywhere no monthly fees or service plans or hunting
oInternet accessible at any time, no contractual obligations for services not
rendered, pay as you go, access a large library at your finger tips
•Books delivered in under 60 seconds
oNo waiting, your kindle book doesn’ t need to be charged to download a
•Paper-like display- 16 shades of gray ( clear text and pictures)
oEasy to read, not losing any features a book offers,
•Long battery life- read for days without recharging
oTravel long distances without needing access to a charger, leave your
charger at home while vacationing on a trip
•Carry your library- Holds over 1,500 books
oChange your reading material at anytime, if you get bored switch books on
your personal library
•Read-to-me- can read anything to you unless the books rights holder made
oIf your on a trip your child at home can continue reading their books even if
they are still learning to read, makes all books on tape, listen to your books
•Large selection- 350,000 books plus US and international newspapers,
oKeep up to date on world issues, access any paper with the portable
internet, no worries to purchase a daily paper with an online subscription and
•Free book samples- download and read first chapters before you decide to
oBrings the book store experience to you, no commitment book purchases
•Low Book prices- New York Times Best Sellers and New Releases $9.99
oSave money on books, expand your library with half the price, no need to
wait in line to purchase any books
•Eliminates eye strain
oRead for hours without a head ache or nausea
oRead anywhere, anytime, in any position: indoor or outdoor.
•6 size fonts
oMade for any eye sight
•Simple to use
oMade for all ages
oNo obligations, no pressure to capitalize on your contract
•Price- Kindle $299
oKindle DX $489
Large income to make initial purchase
•Don’ t want to ruin it so would not want to take it everywhere
oExpensive and don’ t want to risk damages- don’ t want to risk it at the park,
the beach, at the kitchen table, at the pool, or near food, due to food, sand,
dirt, and other risks
•Battery life will wear down in time
oWith each use you take away from its battery life and eventually will need
to leave plugged in at all times or need to replace the battery
•Cannot lend books to friends
oThey have to pay for books.
•Have to have your kindle book working and charged to get to all your books
oWith a dead battery your no longer able to access your library
•Your entire library is lost if you lose or beak this one electronic
oIf you break your kindle book you need to rebuild your entire library from
oNot kid friendly, can come off as boring.
•Top of mind recognition in Ebook reader market
•Blogs, RSS feeds - live content
•Kindle to publishing/ newspaper industry as iPod is to music industry
•Continue to sign companies and organizations in addition to New York
Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe
oTo offer Kindle DX at a reduced price in exchange for long-term
oExpands distribution outside of delivery areas
•Cuts cost of materials -trees, ink, delivery, waste (‘ green’ books)
oMany partners and vendors
oLong-term contracts with wireless providers
•Linux operating system
oOpen source for developers
oAmazon released Kindle source code
okindle apps, plugins, upgrades, automation, web browser
•Text to speech – reads books to you
oEvery title is an ebook and audio book
oAudio books are a big business in itself
oAmazon offers DRM-free mp3’ s
•The More Kindle devices that become available, the cheaper prices will be
•Having already released 3 different Kindle devices, ranging from $149-$489 in
price, it seems they will shift focus to opening the kindle to third party
developers. Creating an SDK (service developers kit) where anyone could
make and sell applications would not only increase the Kindle’ s possibilities,
but also give it a sort of iPhone recognition for innovation (need to release
and market before competitors like iPhone). More Kindle in more places.
oThis will take the Kindle and digital reading to the next level with
unrestricted potential – see apps and add-ons from:
oFacebook, twitter, Apple iPhone and iTouch, etc.
oApps, games, plugins, expansion,
•The Kindle reader is essentially a format transition (hard copy to digital
oThis can be marketed in a similar fashion to the DigitalTV transition
o‘ this is where the industry is going, let the Kindle take you there’
•Authors can upload documents in multiple formats through Amazon’ s
oThis essentially turns the Kindle into a publishing company (similar to app
store for apple, facebook, twitter, etc.)
oCan charge between $.99 and $200 per download (authors receive 35%)
oThird-party companies can offer services for digital distribution and
“ Digital Distribution Agent”
Social media marketing geared specifically toward digital book authors
Distribution for full books, blogs, book annotation compilations, comics,
•Not releasing the SDK (Service Developer Kit) until taking advantage of all
oTwitter progress updates – and facebook news feed, etc social sites
(automatic -allow users to change settings like facebook news feed)
Chapters, new books added, personal summaries, annotations, etc.
Social Networking Community (through 3Gnetwork)
Reading lists in profile, book history
Search/filter/browse by what users are currently reading and will read soon
(recently downloaded) – arrange reading order
Search for reading buddies (team-up option)
More than one buddy (Start Book Club)
•Message board, avatar, chat messaging, invite users, post/share links,
•Book club point systems and reading rankings, etc.
oCalendar with reading tracking and alarm features:
Set exactly how much you want to read
oSimple folder organization (this can be java-based or within the SDK)
Book categories, reviews, annotations, summaries
•Universities and Schools
oText-book subscription service
oProfessors can monitor reading, annotations, summaries (3Gnetwork)
Calendar tracking feature
oUpload study guides, supplemental material thru pdf conversion
oFlash card, vocabulary game modules
o3G download, usb-connectivity, pre-load onto SD expansion card (Kindle-1)
•Team up with social reading sites:
oShelfari, GoodReads, BookCrossing, Revish
•Treating kindle reader and ebooks as two separate businesses
oiphone reader app expands user base
•Global expansion - many mobile carriers in other countries
•Price - Can buy a laptop, pda, netbook, tablet pc, etc. for comparable price
•There are many websites and sharing networks to illegally download ebooks
(Kindle offers pdf conversion)
•Can't resell/trade/pass along books
•Consumer electronics trend toward device convergence (kindle is only an
•Source code released
oKindle clones and knock-offs to be developed by competitors
•Competitors will target kindle specifically because it is the front runner and
has top name recognition
•Cuts printing/ production/ delivery jobs
•Amazon.com sells other ebook readers, including Sony reader
•Releasing the Service Developers Pack too soon, other programmers make
money off features that Amazon missed taking advantage of first
•Weak annotation features (highlighting, margin notes, etc.) and lack of true
oNo wireless connectivity
oLess storage space
Cons – irritating to eyes, no e-ink display, wifi (slower download speeds than 3G
Kindle) unless using iPhone
Cons – irritating to eyes, no e-ink display
Cons – large size, no e-ink display
Cons – large size, no e-ink display, no 3G
•Microsoft Courier Tablet