Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Jeff Bezos: Kindle Books and Readers Are Separate Businesses - Bits Blog - NYTimes.com

More Kindle plans; see the full article for details

The latest Kindle model has better support for Adobe’s PDF file format, and he said that in the future, Kindle readers would support other formats as well. (He didn’t say anything about Adobe’s protected format, which competes more directly with the Kindle format.)

It would be a rare feat if Amazon could build two profitable businesses out of the Kindle. With the iPod, to which it the Kindle is often compared, Apple mainly profits from the hardware. It says the iTunes store is barely better than break-even. Cellphone companies, by contrast, subsidize the sale of phones but profit from monthly service charges.

Jeff Bezos: Kindle Books and Readers Are Separate Businesses - Bits Blog - NYTimes.com

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