An Amazon.com spokeswoman said the company won’t comment on a TechCrunch report saying the company’s looking into giving Kindles away to people who subscribe to its $79 per year Prime membership program.
Sounds like a fun exercise for the number crunchers, who must have enough data now on Kindle usage to figure whether it’s worthwhile. Especially if the standard price of e-books goes up to $15.
It also might be a way for Amazon to get early-generation, black and white Kindles into the hands of regular Amazon buyers, after Apple’s iPad appears and Amazon follows with a color and/or touchscreen Kindle.
Newspapers have thought about a similar approach to e-readers, offering them to people who sign up for multi-year subscriptions, but the pricing and technology hasn’t gelled yet.
Amazon’s spokeswoman provided the usual: “We don’t comment on rumors or speculation.”