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Old Rumors Circulate on the Amazon Tablet

So another Amazon Tablet rumor popped up yesterday, this time in the New York Post.There’s really not much that’s new, but there’s always page views to be found in digging up the old nonsense and giving it a new polish. The rumors this time around are that:

  • Priced a lot less than the iPad
  • Due late September or October

Note that there’s really no proof for any of this, and in fact at least one detail is contradicted by past rumors (the tablet was also supposed to be released in August).

Also, if you know anything about hardware then you probably know that an iPad competitor can’t sell for "hundreds less than the entry-point $499 iPad" because the parts cost too much. For example, the HP TouchPad cost $318 in parts. What, you think the AmTab will be a loss leader, with the loss to be made up in digital content sales? That’s not Amazon’s business model. The digital content is itself the loss leader.

The NYPost are clearly a big believer in the "biggest shovel" approach to journalism. Why bother reporting on facts when you can just shovel up the same old unsubstantiated rumors as everyone else?

Do you know the amazing part? I’m surprised that anyone would take the NYPost seriously.

They are a tabloid. They are about as credible as the Star or any other of the supermarket rags. Seriously, folks, I would believe the NYPost on gadget rumors about as often as I would believe the Weekly World News. (Actually, no; at least with the WWN everyone including them knew they were publishing horse shit. The same cannot be said for the NYPost.)

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Olympia Press August 27, 2011 um 4:42 pm

Dude, if BatBoy says there’s an Amazon tablet; there’s an Amazon tablet.

Nate Hoffelder August 27, 2011 um 5:18 pm

If WWN were still around then I’m sure BatBoy would have an insider scoop.

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