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Newspapers giving tablets away, Amazon introduces Kindle Fire
Yesterday Amazon announced their new Kindle Fire tablet. The device is being hailed as the first serious tablet to compete against Apple’s iPad. It sells at $199 and has a whole bunch of features that you can see on their site.
In somewhat related news, at least two newspapers are looking to give away or subsidizing tablets to readers who sign a long term subscription contract. Back in July, Steve Myers reported that Philadelphia Media Network will start selling Android tablets with preloaded apps for the Philadelphia Inquirer and a shortcut link to Philly.com. The cost of the tablet to their readers would be about half the retail price.
The Tribune Co. is also looking at offering a tablet to extended subscribers (or at least highly subsidized) according to Jim Romenesko. According to the report, the project was still in the internal discussion phase with people split on its prospects.
With the Amazon Kindle Fire more than half the cost of the low end iPad, using the Kindle as a give away would be a bit easier on the wallet.