Received from Amazon today:
“We now have estimated delivery dates for the Kindle order you placed on 12/17/07. We are now estimating that your Kindle will arrive between January 25 and February 1, 2008. We’ll contact you again to let you know when your order is shipped.”
When the Freakonomics blog asked back in November if the Amazon Kindle would be the next “must-have” technology, the iPod of ebooks, about 95% of the comments were attacks on the device or the business model behind it. That surprised me a bit. I went ahead and ordered one anyway.
I’m very anxious to try it out. My two biggest reasons: the incredible ebook selection that Amazon will be able to provide, and the whispernet service that allows me to download content from anywhere, without paying for a connection.
When my Kindle gets here, I’ll let you know what kind of user experience I have with it, and then predict whether it will finally be the ebook reader that everyone has some day hoped would appear.
Some investors are bullish on Amazon, in large part because of the Amazon Web Services now have 290,000 developers signed up, up from 25,000 the previous quarter (FamilyLink.com is a big fan of Amazon Web Services) and also because the Kindle will be a “money spinner” in 2008.
When Amazon releases its quarterly earnings report on January 30th, there is a good chance we will learn something about how many Kindles have been ordered so far, and whether this platform will become a major channel for publishers and consumers in the future.