Amazon boasts 'record' holiday shopping weekend for the Kindle

Amazon boasts 'record' holiday shopping weekend for the Kindle

Summary: According to Amazon, this holiday shopping weekend was the "best ever for Kindle," with customers clicking buy on more Kindle Fire tablets and Kindle e-readers than ever before.

TOPICS: Mobility

I've said it before and I'll say it again, this holiday season is going to be huge for Amazon's Kindle range of ebook readers and tablets. And the word from Amazon HQ seems to back up this view.

According to the world's biggest online retailer, this holiday shopping weekend was the "best ever for Kindle," with customers clicking buy on more Kindle Fire tablets and Kindle e-readers than ever before.

This buying spree propelled the Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch and Kindle Fire HD into the best-selling top spot on this holiday shopping weekend.

"We're excited that so many customers have chosen Kindle this holiday season – and it’s just getting started!" said Neil Lindsay, Vice President, Amazon Kindle. "Our new Kindle Fire tablets and Kindle e-readers are the best we’ve ever built, and we can't wait for customers to unwrap their gifts this holiday."

Personally, I think the Kindle Fire HDX is better than Apple's new iPad Air. It's cheaper, lighter, has a better screen, and storage costs are more reasonable if you want something beyond the base 16GB.

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  • Dear Amazon...

    If you're not going to release actual sales figures, please keep meaningless statements to yourself.
  • LOL...riiight

    Who falls for Amazon BS? Analyst, Amazon Fanatic and Apple haters. Without ever releasing any real numbers, Amazon gets an ovation for hot air. No factual evidence and these guys bend over to ask for more. Hilarious.
    • You're the fan boy

      It is the Apple Fan Boys who inflate everything. As I have said before as of 3rd quarter there were 170 million iPads sold from beginning to end. Second and Third quarters alone there were that many PC platforms sold. So what is so great about your consumption device. What this author is telling you guys is there are alternatives and some good ones...
  • i think that is why editor put in the quote marks

    the numbers will be forthcoming, as they are a publicly traded company. But still , to boast about 'record' sales for a product this young does seem silly to me as well. And I really, really like my Kindle HD (enough so that the HDX is not enticing me).

    Side question: When the figures for Android get bragged about, do they come with a breakdown of Samsung, Amazon, etc devices or just as a whole bag. I suspect that it is not Android that is so popular but just a few Samsung and Amazon devices that are in the Apple sales level.
    • Nope. Amazon is not required to break out

      sales by product line. They never have for the Kindle, and they won't in their next earnings report. Because the Kindle either doesn't sell the well, or Amazon loses money on each unit, so a large number of sales translates into a big loss for the company. Personally, I think it's the second. Expect Amazon to lose money (again) on their next earnings report.
      • not even by broad catagories of services, hardware, books and sales?

        How would anyone know if they wanted to buy/sell any shares? Seems to me that would be needed and required information.
        and has Amazon ever reported a quarterly profit?
  • I purchased a "Cyber Monday" Kindle Fire HDX 7" model. My thoughts.

    Since AKH made a comparison and judgement call between the iPad Air and the the larger 8.9” Kindle Fire HDX, I would like to share my experiences with the smaller Kindle Fire HDX and my iPad Mini retina tablet. (Sorry, embarrassment of riches for this holiday season)

    The short analysis, and only based upon my personal needs, is that if I had to choose just one tablet to own, I would pick the iPad Mini retina. Fortunately, I don’t have to. BTW, combined costs for both tablets (each was the 32 GB model without the cellular LTE option) was $733 dollars: $499 for the iPad and #234 for the Kindle. Note: the Kindle had a Cyber Monday discount of $50 dollars but I opted for the slightly more expensive version that eliminated the on screen ads from Amazon.

    The iPad mini’s purchase cost was roughly twice that of the Kindle. (Actually, a little more since I opted for the Apple care package)

    Is the iPad mini “twice as good” as the Kindle? No. Not by a long shot. In fact, the Kindle, in practice is only ever so slightly less responsive than the iPad when comparing certain apps, especially when using the Silk browser compared the the 64 bit optimized Safari browser on the iPad.

    However, for the vast majority of the time, the Kindle Fire HDX UI responsiveness vs iOS 7 is the same. One won’t notice any difference in UI actions between the two tablets. (That, IMO, is a great endorsement for the Kindle Android OS variant.)

    There are definitely certain advantages for the Kindle hardware vs the iPad mini’s. The chief among them is the screen. The nod for color accuracy goes to the Kindle. As other’s have noted, the Kindle’s display is noticeably better. (One can groove on those Quantum Dots all day. Grin.) That’s not to say the iPad mini’s display is poor. It’s not. But when one can only view 63% of the sRGB color spectrum, one does notice a difference.

    And, I tried the Mayday help feature today. I wanted to see how to change the brightness settings on the Kindle. (Hey, I’m an Android newbie. What can I say?) I must admit that I was impressed with the experience. Quick, easy and pleasant are adjectives that spring to mind. I can’t help but think that if all the first Android tablets had this feature from day one (I’m looking at you, Motorola Zoom), the sales history of the early Android Tablets vs the iPad would have been different.

    All in all, there is nothing to knock about the Kindle Fire HDX for what it does. I can definitely see why persons would wish to purchase Kindle Fire HDX tablets and have those as their sole tablets - especially if they had bought into the Amazon experience and ecosystem. And, as AKH stated, their bare bones price advantage over the iPad (or other Android and Windows tablets) is significant.
    • Thank you kenosha

      I was thinking of getting Kindle Fire HDX for this holiday season. You review is totally unbiased and perfect. It gave me an idea of the tablet and ecosystem. I think Larry should hire you.
      Ram U
      • I read your post of a recent Dell Venue 8 Pro purchase.

        I purchased one also. (Although that Dell is destined to be a holiday gift, I couldn't help but "play" with it for a few weeks. Grin)

        It's been a watershed year for quality 8" tablets, hasn't it, Ram U. I have been impressed with all three platform tablet offerings.

        Because of the advancements in tablet hardware and software designs, one shouldn't be surprised at the decline of traditional PC desktop systems. Steve Jobs conjecture of a post PC world where mobile devices rule the roost, so to speak, and where the traditional desktop systems lose importance in consumer households seems to have been vindicated.

        However, in mainstream Corporate environments, where employees still have a separate desk or cubicle and a separate corporate supplied PC for there use, the traditional PC systems (and their IT support infrastructure) will remain unchanged for, IMO, another ten years or so.
        • It is not post PC era

          I get so tired of hearing that phrase. It is really a post desktop era. Tablets are still personal computers. Tablets are even more personal than a desktops.
        • Agreed.

          Like you and @MichaelInMA said, PC is morphing into more personal than Family. At my house we have 3 Desktops, 2 of them are hooked to TVs to stream internet content and one is basically eating dust in the basement. I replaced the home monitoring system recently with one of the unused laptops. Probably once I give my kids the hybrids sometime next year their laptops will either be donated or we replace the desktops with laptops and the desktops might head out for donation.

          Yes, the 3 platforms are competing with each other neck to neck like the gaming consoles did few years back to win consumers' hearts like you mentioned. IMHO until now iPad is clear winner there hands down with its classic hardware and superior ecosystem, but Android (leaving cheap Chinese junk out) and Windows Tablets are reaching there. And this competition is really good for consumer. And as a developer it is more good for me because my audience spectrum grows day by day. :D

          Yes as long as the staff that are needed to get into office and do stuff may have desktop, and most of the clients I worked with have already moved to laptops unless they staff is requesting for a desktop. And currently a lot of companies are planning to downsize the infrastructure and are asking employees to work from home, if they are not required to work from office (a lot of monitoring tools are helping the enterprises here). In that case they are giving the laptops. Once the business class tablets/hybrids take over, I think that will be end of traditional clamshell PC experiences too.
          Ram U
    • so why do you prefer the other?

      if less expensive, better screen and all functions you want with the smallKindle,
      why the iPadMini preference? It seems that a paragraph got deleted or lost.
      • Ecosystem

        And as a longtime iPad owner, I have amassed a quite good number of apps and media. I don't want to lose that. If I move to a different platform I don't have to buy that again, why? I think @kenosha77a is also in the same boat there. Also the experience on iPad Mini is superior when compared to Kindle HDX. If you have kindle specific content, the experience on Kindle is far superior than Apps, of course, if Apps are superior then why would people prefer buying those.
        Ram U
      • In a nutshell, Ram U's response to your question is correct.

        I've invested in the Apple ecosystem and the choice of apps tailored to that tablet is greater and more diverse to me (especially when used in conduction with other Apple hardware devices) so if I had to choose only one tablet (like I stated) than I would be quite content to own only the iPad Mini retina.

        But don't misinterpret my choice of the iPad mini retina over the Kindle Fire HDX as a knock on the Kindle. It is not.

        Furthermore, if someone posed the question to me now (as opposed to even last year) as to which tablet would be a best choice - given price, quality, ease of use and the app ecosystem associated with it, I would now suggest two FAMILIES of tablets: Apple's iPads and Amazon's Kindles. Either choice would give a superior user experience. That recommendation applies to the vast majority of persons “under the bell shaped curve”. The persons at the outer edges of that curve (for example, the more technically inclined) would receive a different answer recommendation from me.

        Now, I did leave out any of the Microsoft tablets (because this blog was not about them) but I have this to say about them. I have owned both the Surface Pro and the Surface RT tablets. Both are more specialized devices than any other tablet choices on the market. Most pundits refer to them as hybrid devices and that is a good description. Both the first gen and second generation of the Surface Tablets have definite pluses and minuses and that doesn't pertain to just their ecosystem of apps.

        Just as one doesn't refer to netbooks as tablets, those Surface Tablets are not netbooks. Both of them are much better than netbooks, IMO. However, the tablet hybrid that comes close to being the "jack of all trades" - one device any user would ever need - is a Bay trail equipped hybrid that has a detachable keyboard design. Unfortunately, Microsoft doesn't make that type of Surface tablet.

        BTW, I would choose that design just mentioned over the vast majority of low to mid priced commodity PC desktop systems available today due to it's ease of use when in "tablet mode" and for overall general utility usefulness when in "laptop" mode.

        Another factor to consider is the 8" Win 8.1 tablets now entering the market. I suspect the best example in that category is the new Dell Venue 8 Pro. I've had the chance to use that tablet for the past two weeks (before I wipe it and give it away as a planned holiday gift - I couldn't resist not playing with it - he will never know - grin).

        Because of the included MS Office apps with the Dell, I would choose that over the Kindle Fire HDX tablets even though the Kindle tablets have the superior display screen. But it would not be a clear cut choice. It would be my choice ONLY because of genuine Office app availability . (Of course, I am in the camp that feels MS Office is still necessary and important for a user to know and use - what can I say?)
  • Flash apparently sells, even without Flash.........

    I have the second generation Fire HD and it is indeed a nice looking device for the money. However if you look to see your choice in apps and therefore functionality, you'll see you're stuck with the equivalent of an electric car without the charging station. Go ahead and listen to the Amazon employees hired to review the Kindle and argue with those that don't fall over in praise. They'll wow you with blather about Google Play apps or Android apps in general being "frivolous" or "full of garbage", but take a peek at the woeful apps selection that Amazon has decided you only need access to. Marvelously tech geeking fun like side loading and rooting aside, this is one of the great tech bait and switches going.
    • Flash is available on the KindleHD

      and the only app that I wanted but could not get was the app from veetle and that was due to google policy of not being allowed to download.
      One advantage of the AmazonAppStore is that I have way less junk to wade through than other Android users do with their toys. Plus I don't have to worry about version of Android.
    • Apps are overrated, at least for me

      There are few apps I use on my current Ipad2 and Nexus 7 tablets and all are available on the HDX.

      I bought the HDX strictly for entertainment purposes (Amazon Prime Video streaming). I dont think there was any "bait and switch". If anything, Google has been going out of its way to lock down Google Play services so that they are only available on "true" Android devices--so much for Google being "Open"--and this is why the experience on the HDX doesnt match "true" Android devices like the Nexus.

      Then again, Google has got to make money somehow, and it cannot all come from advertising revenue.
  • Kindle vs iPad

    I have both - and have had both of several generations of each starting with the first - the iPad is better in the kind of ways that nobody at all besides techs care about - the Kindle on the other hand is MUCH cheaper and is hands down easier to use. If I could pick either for free I'd probably pick the iPad - but NO WAY do I pay 2X as much for the iPad ever again.

    As an aside I have never needed an app from the Kindle Store and not been able to find one that met my needs - regardless of how many there are are aren't.
  • HDX 7" Screeen

    I purchased a Kindle Fire HDX 7" about a month ago after reading reviews here as well as from CNet and PC Week which were all favorable toward the HDX for price, performance, screen and audio. I have read numerous criticisms against the HDX about Apps which I have rejected because the Amazon Store has everything that I need and it is growing quite rapidly, also for those who want an Android app that is not in the Amazon store it is a simple check box which will allow you to get it.

    Much of what I read here is based on ignorance and bias against Amazon. I do not care what anyone thinks, if I can get more for my money from Amazon I go for it. I also made my purchase based on the fact that I am an Amazon Prime member. This makes the Fire a great device which fits into their infrastructure and allows me to watch videos and listen to music which is stored in the cloud.

    Go ahead and fan your flames as you are living in a world of self-deception...
    • An Amazon Prime video app is available for the iPad tablets. It works well.

      I am also an Amazon Prime member. (Good value for the money)

      But one feature that is available exclusively for Amazon Prime members that have Kindle tablets is the "free book library" feature. Although I haven't tried it yet, apparently one can download a book (if available) for free using the feature.

      I'll have to try that out.