Hwong, I don't see any conflicts with anti-trust laws here. Amazon is selling the Kindle as part of a package in which it expects to gain greater sales eventually with customers. In the US, telecom service providers subsidize phones to the tune of hundreds of dollars to get subscribers to sign contracts of up to two years. If they break the contract, they have to pay about $200 back to the service provider. This amount is lower than the regular price of a smartphone in many cases.
Amazon's strategy is similar. It sells the Kindle below cost to get customers to buy other goods, apps and services on its sight. They are all doing this. Who's going to file anti-trust complaint?
@hwong, i think that might be the next level of war in technology - price. Patent infringement legal battles seem insufficient enough in competing for market shares. HP previously had its tablet sold at very low price recently. Well, i think that shouldn't cause brouhaha amongst the regulators.
t.alex i agree with you. I wouldn't know if other smaller companies would able to compete at that level factoring in Amazon's reputation in the world market. Those ones manufacturing tablets in emerging and developing markets of Asia and Africa, would bare the much of the price aheadache should Amazon Kindle Fire available there. I think.
Hwong: I'm not sure if that is price-fixing rather than anti-trust. Competitors can lower their prices any time they want to compete. But it is an interesting question and I'll see if I can find some clarity.
One benefit that the true e-book readers have is the easy-to-read "electronic paper" screen, that also has low power consumption. These are much easier to use for long periods of time without straining your eyes. The market will tell if there remains enough of a demand for e-book readers like this to stay around.
You’re welcome Kunmi. But you were right in terms of the older models of the Kindle and Nook e-reader devices.It was just a matter of time that the stand-alone e-reader devices would go away in exchange for more full featured tablet devices.
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