Amazon sent out a press release this morning to let us know that they’ve already started shipping Kindle Fire tablets, the best selling item in Amazon history. The Amazon Kindle Fire is a content machine with over 18 million movies, tv shows, songs, books, magazines, and games. In fact they just announced Friday that Kindle Fire users will be able to enjoy some of the latest tv shows with limited interruption via Hulu Plus, and keep up with their favorite sports teams with ESPN.
“We’re thrilled to be able to ship Kindle Fire to our customers earlier than we expected. Kindle Fire quickly became the bestselling item across all of Amazon.com, and based on customer response we’re building millions more than we’d planned,” said Dave Limp, Vice President, Amazon Kindle. “Customers are excited about Kindle Fire because it is a premium product at the non-premium price of only $199.”
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Barnes & Noble announced their answer to the Kindle Fire with the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet last week at a press event in New York City. Although the Nook Tablet looks great and the Nook Color was also a great device, Amazon has the infrastructure and media to quite easily beat Barnes & Noble and give Apple a run for their money.
While development of both apps and content for Kindle Fire continues at a rapid pace, just getting one in the mail today or tomorrow you’ll be able to access:
- Over 100,000 movies and TV shows from Amazon Instant Video
- Over 17,000,000 songs from Amazon MP3
- Millions of books
- Over 400 full-color magazines and newspapers
- 100 exclusive graphic novels from DC Comics, including Watchmen, the bestselling graphic novel of all time
- Several thousand apps and games, including Netflix, Pandora, Hulu Plus, Rhapsody, and games from Electronic Arts, Zynga and Rovio
- A free month of Amazon Prime, which offers two-day shipping and access to nearly 13,000 movies and TV shows available to stream at no additional cost and exclusive access to over 5,000 popular books from the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library to read on any Kindle device at no additional cost and with no due dates