People Hate Kindle Fire So Much They're Buying Millions of Them

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It's a shame that the Kindle Fire is such a maligned and buggy horror product, because nobody is buying them, right? Actually, Amazon is selling "millions of units, and [are] building millions more to meet the high demand." Oh darn!

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The release by Bezos' Book Barn marks the first mention of Fire sales numbers: "It's the bestselling product across all of Amazon for 11 straight weeks...In fact, demand is accelerating – Kindle Fire sales increased week over week for each of the past three weeks." In fact, the entire Kindle line is selling a million units every single week, with the Fire at the fore.

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When we said the Kindle Fire was the iPad's first real competitor, we meant it. Numbers like this mean the Fire isn't going anywhere. [Amazon]

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Can someone explain to me how it is that iOS is a "walled garden" closed system, and yet I can buy kindle and B&N on my iPad. How is kindle more open, when all I get is Amazon or at least why doesn't anyone talk about it being an awful closed environment?

People are buying this thing because it's cheap, like a disposable camera. Try it and kick it into a drawer when/if you don't like it. I'll likely try one but I have several drawers full of shit I tried but never used.

It's less then half the price but half the size. Kindle is great for reading a book but surfing the web is hard enough on a 10 inch device. Can't imagine.

I love Amazon. 90+% of my online purchases go to them. But this is a dangerous gamble. If they don't get a huge bump in content sales, it could be financially very ugly for the company. I think they need to remember what their real business is. And, by the way how much content sales can they really expect from cheap-ass buyers?