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Anarel
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Kindle gets App Store, what about Nook?

 I just thought it was interesting because people always talk about the "openess" of the android platform and how much "potential" there was for this very purpose; apps! Now the kindle is getting some, will the nook follow suit?

 

 

Amazon Cracks Open the Kindle

 

     As Motoko Rich and I report in Wednesday’s Times, Amazon.com is finally opening up the Kindle to developers. This has the potential to turn a popular single-purpose device into a more interesting and versatile gadget, limited only by the imagination of third-party programmers — and by what they can do with its monochrome e-ink screen.

     Amazon says it has already released the Kindle Development Kit to a select number of partners, including the video game giant Electronic Arts, and will make it more widely available when a limited beta period starts next month. It anticipates formally adding what it calls “active content” to the Kindle store sometime later this year.

      Ian Freed, Amazon’s vice president for the Kindle, said there would be three different categories of active content: free applications, one-time paid applications, and applications that require a monthly subscription. Kindles that have already been sold will be able to run these programs once Amazon has remotely upgraded their software.

    Developers will get to suggest their own prices for their programs, but they will have to shoulder the cost of wireless delivery at a rate of 15 cents a megabyte. After those costs are covered, developers keep 70 percent of the revenue from the sale of the app, while Amazon keeps 30 percent. (Remember that unlike smartphones, the Kindle does not require a monthly wireless fee.)  

How actively will Amazon police what makes it into the Kindle store? “The guidelines are what you might expect,” said Drew Herdener, an Amazon spokesman. On the forbidden list: Internet voice-calling software, advertising, offensive materials, the collecting of customer information without consent, and the use of the Amazon and Kindle brands.

   Mr. Reddick said he did not think the drawbacks of e-ink – monochrome screens, minimal graphics support – would necessarily limit the variety of applications available for the Kindle.

 

You can read the rest of the article here, http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/01/20/amazon-cracks-open-the-kindle/?ref=technology. What does everyone else think? Would it add a whole new level of functionality to your nook?

 

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Alley415
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Re: Kindle gets App Store, what about Nook?

This is why B&N absolutely has to get the current issues resolved.  Kindle is jumping ahead of the nook.  The ability for apps was one of the biggest selling factors of the nook.  Now the Kindle which has a web browser and a huge battery life will add even more to it's product. 

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dylanzeppelin
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Re: Kindle gets App Store, what about Nook?

But what people must realize is that Kindle has been out for a few years. You can't compare the two because Kindle should be at that level whereas the nook will be as well in a few years. There is such a contrast between years and development that no one should be able to say, come on Barnes and Noble and get on this, when the nook is only two months old. It will get there and when it does, its going to be amazing. :smileyhappy:

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Joelmbenge
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Re: Kindle gets App Store, what about Nook?

Plus, nook is built on Android, which already has an SDK and many developers.  Kindle is starting from ground-level as far as application development.

 

I think B&N will likely iron out the few issues still in the firmware, and then open it up to Android apps.  Very similar to the progression of the iPhone.

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Mosier42
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Re: Kindle gets App Store, what about Nook?

I agree.  It will take Kindle awhile to catch up in the app department with the time it takes others for developing.  B&N still has time to iron out their kinks with V 1 of the Nook and get on the app train.  Also, you're starting to see the benefits of heavy competition in the eReader market.  The Kindle has been around for plenty long enough to have already added apps had it really wanted to.  The fact that they're pushing forward now indicates that they are concerned about long term competition between the newest group of eReaders in the Nook, Que, etc.

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Anarel
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Re: Kindle gets App Store, what about Nook?

On one hand, you're right. The nook just came out.

 

Bbut on the other hand, one of the nook's major touted points against the kindle and other e-readers was that it was the "World's Most Advanced" e-reader, the first running on an android OS. In fact, right after the nook's release, all anyone could talk about was the possibility for apps with the Android operating system...

 

People didn't buy nook now, just for an app store two or three years from now...

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Re: Kindle gets App Store, what about Nook?

 


Joelmbenge wrote:

Plus, nook is built on Android, which already has an SDK and many developers.  Kindle is starting from ground-level as far as application development.

 

I think B&N will likely iron out the few issues still in the firmware, and then open it up to Android apps.  Very similar to the progression of the iPhone.


 

I disagree with this to a certain extent as the other Android developers are using color "LCD" screens like cell phones and such.  Whereas the nook is very limited with it's small horizontal screen.  Theses developers will have to start from scratch using eink technology.

 

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Joelmbenge
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Re: Kindle gets App Store, what about Nook?

Oh, there's definitely a difference and there aren't many apps that will just port over easily.  But the basic SDK and logic is there.  You're right, however, that lost of things are going ot have to be rebuilt with the e-ink screen in mind.  We're not going to be putting full frame video on the main screen at all.  But a simple RSS feed reader would port rather simply.

 

That said, the Nookdevs have already pulled together several apps that work and have written a few specifically for the nook.  This is how the iPhone dev community started.

 

I'm not sure what platform Kindle works on but those devs have a slightly steeper learning curve.

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Anarel wrote:

On one hand, you're right. The nook just came out.

 

Bbut on the other hand, one of the nook's major touted points against the kindle and other e-readers was that it was the "World's Most Advanced" e-reader, the first running on an android OS. In fact, right after the nook's release, all anyone could talk about was the possibility for apps with the Android operating system...

 

People didn't buy nook now, just for an app store two or three years from now...


 

And yet people KNEW when they bought the nook they were buying a FIRST GENERATION product.  If they know enough about electronics and stuff to know about the possibilities, they should also know that there are limitations and bugs and time needed to develop things in a first generation product.

 

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