Will Amazon Make a Tablet? “Stay tuned” Says Founder Jeff Bezos

In an interview at Consumer Reports' offices, Bezos indicated that if there was an Amazon tablet it will more likely supplement than replace the Kindle, which he calls Amazon’s “purpose-built e-reading device.” Bezos responded to a question from a visiting retail reporter about a possible Amazon tablet in a way that also seemed to suggest the possible co-existence of the Kindle and other Amazon devices: “I hate the term 'killer,' as in one device killing another in the marketplace.”

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos shared some important news yesterday at Consumer Reports ShopSmart Summit. He talked about the likelihood of Amazon launching a multipurpose tablet device and he shared some information on the Amazon library-lending capability of Kindle.

In an interview at Consumer Reports’ offices, Bezos indicated that if there was an Amazon tablet it will more likely supplement than replace the Kindle, which he calls Amazon’s “purpose-built e-reading device.” Bezos responded to a question from a visiting reporter: “I hate the term ‘killer,’ as in one device killing another in the marketplace.”

But, Jeff Bezos did say to “stay tuned” on the company’s plans to develop an Amazon tablet. But he did acknowledged the popularity of reading e-books, which are sold at Amazon, on tablet computers such as the iPad. “We will always be very mindful that we will want a dedicated reading device,” he said. “In terms of any other product introductions, I shouldn’t answer.”

It will be interesting to see what happens in the near future regarding an Amazon tablet. If the quality of the tablet is as good at the Kindle, then tablet users are in for a real treat if Amazon ever creates one. My fingers are crossed.

As far as the Amazon library-lending capability on the Kindle, Bezos mentioned that people shouldn’t expect the company to pump up advertising on the Kindle once Amazon adds library-lending capability to the device later this year.

Kindle is “supportive of those who want to borrow library books for part of their lending,” he doesn’t expect the feature to put much of a dent into the sales of Kindle books. “Most people prefer to build their libraries with books they own rather than borrow.”

Bezos could only say that the library lending will be available sometime this year with no exact time frame. But he did promise the lending lineup will be similar to the competitors that support library lending.

I am excited about the evolution of the Kindle and the possibility of an Amazon tablet. I will be watching these two works in progress.