The History of the Kindle, in a Single Photo

Amazon has never been one to share the nitty gritty details about how the Kindles were developed, but today I have a treat for you. The Kindle team at Amazon shared a photo on Twitter and Facebook yesterday, and it shows a trophy wall of past Kindle prototypes.

Check it out:

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No explanation was posted with the photo so there’s no way to tell exactly these components are, but we can take a few guesses. The original Kindle, K2, and other prototypes on the right are fairly self explanatory, though i do wish I knew why the K3 is wired to a white board which is wired to a computer mouse.

In the center of the display are 3 f what looks to be wireless modules (3g or Wifi), and on the left are 4 development boards which may have been the very earliest prototypes. The rest of the items  I’m not sure about.

All in all, a very cool photo. If anyone at Lab126 cares to share more details, I am all ears.

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. fjtorres8 November, 2013

    Think the color one is an early FIRE or a sneaky hint of things to come?

    1. Nate Hoffelder8 November, 2013

      Given the color quality and size I think the thing in the middle is a photo. But there might be a Kindle Fire along the bottom left edge.

  2. John9 November, 2013

    “Let’s throw something up on the wall and see what sticks.”

    1. Nate Hoffelder9 November, 2013

      LOL. This is going to keep me giggling all day.

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