Amazon Should Launch a Kindle iPhone App
Posted by Bob Warfield on December 3, 2008
There was news today that Amazon has launched an iPhone application. The application is Amazon Remembers. It’s an interesting application where you can photograph something you want to buy and Amazon will try to match it to a product they sell. You can also just browse the Amazon shopping experience, but the “experimental” photo matching feature is the real news. The photo recognition is done by real people via Amazon’s Mechanical Turk facility.
This is all well and good, but it just makes me wonder why Amazon hasn’t launched the real killer iPhone application: a Kindle-style reader that runs on iPhones. Assuming Amazon doesn’t think it makes most of the money from sales of the Kindle itself, the iPhone would be a huge acclerator for the Kindle business model. And what better time than now, during the holiday season, to launch such a thing. Amazon’s updated Kindle version 2 was delayed until next year anyway.
Can you imagine what a big splash a Kindle reader application for the iPhone would make? Heck they could charge $50 or $100 for it and sell a bunch at a nice profit.. It might cannibalize some of the Kindle hardware sales, but I’ll bet not that many. I’d sign up for an iPhone Kindle application in a heartbeat.