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June 28, 2011 at 10:45 AM

Amazon’s Bezos talks tablets

Amazon.com hasn’t confirmed speculation that it’s going to start selling tablet computers later this year, but founder Jeff Bezos has tablets on his mind, judging from an interview with France’s Les Echos.

(I found this link to the interview via a tweet from Amazon CTO Werner Vogels.)

A few excerpts that could be read as hints of what’s to come:

“Historically, our business has been built on top of people buying from their desktop computer and their laptop computer, which you can only use in a couple of postures. And the tablets and the smartphones open up a completely new posture. The tablet for example means you can lay back on your sofa and shop on Amazon. I love that and I encourage you to do it!”

Talking about Amazon’s “willingness to invent,” Bezos talks about its new hardware capabilities:

When we did Kindle, I’m going back seven years now, we had to learn how to design hardware, how to manage a supply chain for hardware. A bunch of new skills. Now we’re going to hire sophisticated people, but still, we need to learn new skills institutionally as well, and so we’re bringing that skills set into practice. I think it’s essential for companies to be incremental learners, but also to be willing every once in a while to pick up a whole new skill set that you weren’t previously focused on.

Asked about areas of focus, Bezos mentions video and video games — things that can sold and consumed on a tablet or phone but not on the current Kindles:

“Our focused areas are on electronics, apparels, some consumable items. And in media, we really focus on digital, and that’s true for books but also for video, music, audio books, video games… So we sort of have our media business undergoing a digital transformation that we’re working very hard on.”

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