Color Kindle 'multiple' years away: Amazon CEO

May 28, 2009
A woman holds the new Amazon Kindle 2 at an unveiling event at the Morgan Library & Museum in February 2009 in New York City.

Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos said Thursday that the online retail giant may never reveal sales figures for the Kindle and a color version of the electronic reader is "multiple" years away.

"I beg your indulgence on the question of how many Kindles have been sold," Bezos said in reply to a question at Amazon's annual shareholders meeting in Seattle, Washington.

"I'm not sure we ever will reveal all of the numbers," he said. "Our point of view on that is that there can often be a competitive advantage in keeping the numbers close."

Bezos acknowledged that he "looks at the numbers avidly every morning" but said the shareholder who asked the question "may just have to remain curious."

Declining to reveal numbers, Bezos said that while was "investing very heavily in the digital business" "I don't want people to think that it's already a big cash flow generator for us."

The Amazon CEO also said a color version of the was not imminent.

"I know it's multiple years. I don't know how many years but it's years," he said.

"I've seen the color displays in the laboratory and I can assure you they're not ready for prime time," Bezos said.

Amazon this month unveiled a large-screen version of its popular e-reader, the Kindle DX, promoting it as a handier device for reading newspapers, magazines and .

The Kindle DX costs 489 dollars. Earlier versions of the Kindle cost 359 dollars.

(c) 2009 AFP

Explore further: Drivebot aims to touch driver bases for safety, savings

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Amazon unveils large-screen Kindle DX

May 06, 2009

Online retail giant Amazon.com unveiled a large-screen version of its popular Kindle electronic reader on Wednesday designed for newspapers, magazines and textbooks.

Amazon seeks more paths for sales with new Kindle

May 06, 2009

(AP) -- Amazon.com Inc. hopes a bigger version of its Kindle electronic reading device can be a hit, even if it's more expensive, and the company is aiming it in part at college students who are eager to ...

Amazon expected to lift wraps on large-screen Kindle

May 04, 2009

Amazon.com is widely expected to lift the wraps on a new large-screen Kindle device this week, which could be the first in a line of electronic reading devices geared toward newspapers and textbooks.

Amazon files patent suit against Discovery

May 19, 2009

US online retail giant Amazon has filed a lawsuit against Discovery Communications alleging it infringed four of Amazon's e-commerce patents, The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.

Recommended for you

Drivebot aims to touch driver bases for safety, savings

19 hours ago

Five Thailand-based engineers have developed a dongle device that serves as a fitness tracker for cars and have turned to Indiegogo to raise funds for bringing it forward. The attraction is that it is a simple ...

HP announces Sprout—a truly innovative workstation

21 hours ago

Hewlett-Packard Co has announced the development of a new kind of computer workstation—one that combines the power of a desktop computer with 3D scanning and projection—and adds a second display surface ...

Microsoft unveils fitness gadget, health tracking

Oct 30, 2014

Microsoft is releasing a $199 fitness band that also checks your email and even pay for coffee as the software company seeks to challenge Apple and others in the still-infant market for wearable devices.

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.