The Amazon Appstore launched a couple days ago, and I just finally got all the bugs worked out so I could download apps. Apparently Amazon’s system thought I was outside the US. (I live in the South, so I’m pretty sure that was just wishful thinking.)
I just downloaded the free app of the day, Doodle Jump. I might never play it, but given that it’s free I just couldn’t resist.
That right there is why Amazon will beat Google. Amazon gave me a reason to visit their app store every day. Can Google do that? I seriously doubt it. Google don’t want me as a customer (which is another reason Amazon will succeed).
I think now would be a good time for Amazon to start working on the site design. I’m sure that you think it’s great, but people shop for content in certain ways, and the site doesn’t mimic that.
For example, back when I bought paper books, I usually bought 6 or 8 or 10 at a time. I’d discover an author and then go buy his backlist. I can’t do that in the Kindle Store. For some reason Amazon decided to forgo the shopping cart for Kindle ebooks, and I’ve always found the lack frustrating.
Do you think the same will apply for apps? I know I used to sometimes by games 3 or 4 at a time, and I could see that I might want to buy several apps at once.
One other gripe I have is that the search box usually doesn’t work right. Call me picky, but when i want to search by an author’s name, I don’t want to see where that name pops up in book titles. I’m not looking for books.
Is there any part of Amazon that you find awkward?