John Paczkowski

Recent Posts by John Paczkowski

Target Closes the Book on Kindle

Target, the first brick-and-mortar store to sell the Kindle, will soon pull Amazon’s popular e-reader from its shelves. Kindle shipments to Target stores will cease on May 13, and once the device is out of stock, the company will not be replenishing it.

And, as you can see from the screenshot at left, Target has already pulled the Kindle from its Web site.

“Target is phasing out Amazon- and Kindle-branded products in the spring of 2012,” the retailer said in a statement. “We will continue to offer our guests a full assortment of e-readers and supporting accessories.”

It’s not yet clear why Target is ditching Kindle, though The Verge, which broke the story, claims the reason is a “conflict of interest.” And that could be any number of things: A contract negotiation gone bad, Target’s decision to open iPad-peddling Apple mini-stores at a few dozen of its locations, or the growing retail rivalry between the two companies. Remember, Amazon’s Kindle Fire is very tightly integrated with the company’s vast online retail store, which competes directly with Target and has a penchant for undercutting the prices of traditional retailers.

Amazon did not respond to a request for comment.

Twitter’s Tanking

December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

2013 Was a Good Year for Chromebooks

December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

BlackBerry Pulls Latest Twitter for BB10 Update

December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

Latest Video

View all videos »

Search »

Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus