War? Amazon is Playing Dirty With Canadian Competitors

Posted by Knowlton Thomas

Amazon's premier tablet, the vaunted Kindle Fire, is playing dirty.

The device, currently available only in America, is quietly choking off key competitors, including prominent Canadian ones. Yesterday, Nate Hoffelder over at The Digital Reader stumbled upon the discovery, or "troubling detail" as he put it, that you cannot see certain apps in the Amazon Appstore while on the Fire.

A glitch? Sure, one could chalk it up to that—if all these blocked apps weren't suspiciously similar to one another. And to the Kindle.

"I’ve spent the morning double checking, and it looks like Amazon pulled a sleight of hand with the new Kindle Fire," wrote Nate. "I can confirm that Bluefire Reader, Kobo, Wattpad, and Aldiko cannot be found via the Kindle Fire … Amazon won’t provide them to you."

That's right—Amazon is hiding apps from Kobo and Wattpad, two Toronto-born startups (Kobo was acquired by a Japanese company but remains here for now), among a slew of others, Canadian or otherwise. What do they share in common? They're all about ereading outside Kindle's platform. Plain and simple, Amazon is deliberately hindering competition on its tablet.

I’ve seen how thorough Amazon was in blocking their competition and the underhanded manner in which they did it. It reminds me that Amazon is only pretending to be customer oriented. They won’t hesitate to trick you if it suits their best interest.

A cheap tactic, no doubt. But as they say, "All is fair in love and war."

Company:
Amazon
Website:
http://www.amazon.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle, opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth's Biggest Selection. Amazon.com, Inc., seeks to be Earth's most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the lowest possible prices. Amazon.com and other sellers offer millions of... more

Company:
Kobo, Inc.
Website:
http://www.kobobooks.com/
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Kobo is a global eReading service backed by majority shareholder Indigo Books & Music, Borders Group, REDgroup Retail, and Cheung Kong Holdings. Kobo believes consumers should be able to read any book on any device. With a catalog of over two million eBooks, and an open platform, Kobo enables retailers, device manufacturers and mobile operators to bring the joy of eReading to customers everywhere. For more... more

Company:
Wattpad
Website:
http://www.wattpad.com
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Great stories bring people together! Wattpad is the world's largest community for discovering and sharing stories. It's a new form of entertainment connecting readers and writers through storytelling, and best of all, it's entirely free. With thousands of new stories added every day, an incredibly active community of readers, and the ability to read on your computer, phone, or tablet, Wattpad is the only place... more


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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys playing tennis or otherwise enjoying the outdoors. more



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