The upshot of which is that Amazon are holding an Apple-style press conference next week and not telling us yet just what they’re announcing. So that means the much-rumoured Tablet is real and we’ll all get to see it for the first time next Wednesday. Probably.
See. It’s a thing. A heavily re-purposed Android tablet, with Amazon branding and services integrated. Sold at a loss to get to some of the punters who’d love an iPad but can’t afford (or don’t want to pay) the Apple Tax. I guess that I’m in that latter group – I’d be happy to use a device purely for media, but I’m aware that it’s an absurd, first world luxury item and one that I don’t really need. Would like to have, perhaps, but I don’t need it – the distinction there is key and is one that I don’t think a lot of people make.
As a bona-fide Amazon fan I confess to being eager to see what they come up with on Wednesday – I haven’t yet bought a Kindle as I still quite like the feel of a paperback and the physical media display impulse is strong within me (an arguable disorder not made any easier by the Black Library’s tendency to have neat illustrations on the spine of their paperbacks, each of which has a different chapter of Space Marines on it).
Physical Media still gets the job done in some respects – you can’t beat a good book jacket or a nice typeface. I can’t see myself making the jump to eBooks until the publishers figure out some way to provide ancillary benefits to the collector which induce them to collect in a digital format.
So, to sum up – Amazon are doing something or other on Wednesday and I’m a massive nerd. I think that’s everything…