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Packing Chat, Games and ePub in the Kindle

Written on September 08, 2010 by Aiken Lewis

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Anytime soon is certainly not the time for Amazon to cram camera, color or video capability in the Kindle. But if the e-Reader be swamped, let it be with these kinds of apps.

Our forecasts see gaming as the first layer filling ’s app swamp. This is likely to be the focus as Amazon hires away ’s and the XBox series mastermind Andre Vrignaud. The device is not without limitations, and this poses a challenge to Amazon and Vrignaud to conjure games that will work within that range. Heavy gaming will presumably be discarded due to users’ preferences.

What they are passionate about, however, are newspaper-type word games, such as Every Word and Shuffled Row puzzles. So how about packing more of their kind, such as crosswords, Sudoku and Scrabble, in Kindle? Chucking boredom into the back of the mind, or whiling away waiting hours through vintage text-based computer games also sounds engaging.

But a Kindle ecosystem only starts with games and builds on more. Some apps that can fit in there naturally are email support, weather widgets, finance apps and chat.

Kindle’s neat interface and black-and-white display suits these other third party-suggested apps: pencil-and-paper games, translation services and reference apps.

The knockdown for Kindle, though, is the , which it does not support. And for reasons we understand: “There’s no way Amazon would ever allow an application that duplicates its e-reader function, allowing you to read DRMed or cracked Amazon e-books. Amazon even has a clause in its terms of service forbidding generic readers.” So, we are most likely not to see this in the app swamp, after all.

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