• Will Amazon's bet on the Kindle Fire ever pay off?

    When you're selling a device at cost you can't really make it up in volume

    FORTUNE -- From the start, Amazon's (AMZN) plan for the Kindle family of tablets and e-readers was to sell a compelling device at or below cost that would direct customers to Amazon's online stores.

    "We want to make money when people use our devices," CEO Jeff Bezos often says, in a remark widely seen as directed at MORE

    - Nov 27, 2012 8:43 AM ET
  • Kids' tablets prepare for battle

    A new generation of kids' tablets will go head-to-head this holiday season, but will children go for them instead of their parents' iPads and Kindles?

    By Omar Akhtar, reporter

    FORTUNE -- All of those parents who'd rather not let their kid toy around with their iPad will have plenty of cheaper, kid-friendly tablets to purchase as stand-ins this holiday shopping season.

    This year, a new generation of children's tablets will try to MORE

    Sep 20, 2012 1:21 PM ET
  • How Amazon can top the tablet market

    The Kindle-as-service model means that Google and Apple should watch out

    By Don Sears, contributor

    Last week, Amazon brought it loud and proud.

    With a full slew of new tablets, e-readers and consumer-minded features, Amazon (AMZN) is in full WWE-style smack-down mode. The online commerce overlords are screaming for your wallet, pointing directly at the competition and establishing another foothold in a young market.

    At its latest product announcements in Santa Monica last MORE

    Sep 12, 2012 12:43 PM ET
  • Apple: Amazon played DOJ's antitrust division like a violin

    Points to meetings between government lawyers and at least 14 Amazon employees

    FORTUNE -- Apple (AAPL) opened a new front in its attack on the Justice Department's e-book antitrust suit, which accuses the company of conspiring with five publishers to raise the price of electronic books.

    The DOJ, Apple charges, colluded with Amazon (AMZN) to bring the suit in the first place.

    "Amazon was the driving force behind the Government's investigation," Apple claimed MORE

    - Aug 16, 2012 8:52 AM ET
  • Pressure mounts on Justice Dept. to drop Apple e-books suit

    Sen. Chuck Schumer (Dem., NY) is the latest to suggest that Obama's DOJ got this one wrong

    FORTUNE -- From the day it was filed there seemed something ill-conceived about the Justice Department's antitrust suit against Apple (AAPL) and five of the six major book publishers.

    The optics, as political operatives like to say, were wrong. Here was the government helping Amazon (AMZN) regain monopoly control of the e-book market by attacking MORE

    - Jul 19, 2012 6:15 AM ET
  • Was Amazon's Kindle Fire just a flash in the pan?

    Sales of the Kindle e-readers have apparently also fallen off a cliff

    FORTUNE -- Thursday was bad-news day for Amazon's (AMZN) Kindle line of tablets and e-readers.

    IDC released first quarter tablet sales data that had Kindle Fire shipments falling from 4.8 million in the Christmas quarter to less than 750,000 units last quarter. "Kindle Fire Shipments Fizzle" was the headline on AllThingsD.
    E Ink Holdings, the sole supplier of black-and-white screens for MORE

    - May 4, 2012 7:31 AM ET
  • Shedding light on the new Nook

    Barnes & Noble is adding a brilliant light to its e-reader. Does it work? And, is it enough to goose sales?

    FORTUNE --  Although black-and-white e-readers are generally lighter, cheaper, and snappier than they used to be, they still don't excel in low light. That's an area where tablets and their brightly lit color screens have a clear advantage. With its new $139 Nook, arriving this week, Barnes and Noble (BKS) MORE

    - Apr 24, 2012 11:11 AM ET
  • Survey: 26% of likely Fire buyers delaying iPad purchase

    Pent-up demand for the new Kindle is even stronger than for the iPad 2 

    In a note to clients issued Thursday, RBC's Mike Abramsky shares the results of a ChangeWave survey of 2,600 early adopter types. Two key findings:

    5% of those surveyed said they had pre-ordered or were very likely to buy Amazon's (AMZN) new Kindle Fire, exceeding the 4% who said they were very likely to buy the original iPad MORE

    - Nov 9, 2011 8:38 AM ET
  • Bizzaro valuations: Amazon (P/E = 100) vs. Apple (14)

    Even after Tuesday's free-fall, Amazon's shares cost seven times more than Apple's

    It's never been adequately explained to me why Amazon's (AMZN) shares are so expensive and Apple's (AAPL) so cheap.

    Both stocks were punished after reporting their most recent quarterly earnings. Apple fell $23.62 (5.6%) last week when the company came in with iPhone sales that were lower than analysts expected, reducing profit growth to 54%. Amazon fell $10.46 (4.4%) Tuesday MORE

    - Oct 26, 2011 7:21 AM ET
  • Amazon versus Apple? Not so fast.

    Conventional wisdom says these two tech giants are on a collision course. Conventional wisdom is wrong -- and here's why.

    By Kevin Kelleher, contributor

    FORTUNE -- Now that Amazon and Apple are rivals, which one is likely to win? For the next few years, at least, the answer will be both.

    The rivalry between Amazon (AMZN) and Apple (AAPL) has been emerging for some time. Earlier this year, Amazon launched the Amazon Appstore MORE

    Oct 12, 2011 5:00 AM ET
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