Kindle Growth, AZ in Mexico, Bezos & WaPo

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Amazon has opened up a new Kindle site with the target demographic of Mexican authors and readers. They already have more than 70,000 Spanish language books available to readers in more than 175 countries, and of course are planning to add more continually.  Books are priced in pesos and authors can fully retain their copyrights.

The Kindle PaperWhite WiFi version is sold out, according to this news article by Geek  Newsletter. There’s no mention by Amazon about why, but the speculation is that they are about to introduce another new e-reader. You can still get the 3G version for $179, while they last although there’s no telling how long that will be.  One of the frustrations of buying on Amazon is that it’s not really possible to know how much stock is left on the items they sell exclusively, unless they exhort you to buy because there’s “only one left.”

Meanwhile, Amazon has seriously discounted the price of the Kindle fire, due to its slumping sales during second quarter 2013.  Details are at – of all places – Apple Insider!  The Insider speculates that Amazon will release new Kindle Fire models soon, to compete with Apple’s planned launch of updated versions of its iPad lineup.

A lot of people are still very unhappy  about Jeff Bezos buying the Washington Post. Seems they are afraid that he might influence D.C. politicians with the “wrong ideas” as discussed at length by Matthew Ingram in this post.  However, it appears to me that The Washington Post has been losing market share in the marketplace of ideas for decades.  If Mr. Bezos, who is not known for treading lightly, can fix that, it’s probably because he has better ideas. If he doesn’t have some better ideas, WaPo will continue its decline.  There are those, however, who welcome the fresh new face.  Joe Rothstein of EIN News has a refreshing take on Mr. Bezos’ latest purchase and its likely effect on the Post.

There was a really funny satire about the Washington Post purchase in the New Yorker.  Great for a Friday – have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

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