But what are all these 'objects'? Well I guess they include stuff like my books, five eBooks as a minimum and I'm guessing they include the Createspace files too, so that's another five objects. It's just my hunch, but I guess each and every revision, change of pricing and any correspondence I've entered into adds to the objects, in part or in whole. I don't think my contribution will have made that much of a dent in the data but I'm clearly part of a new wave - who would have guessed so many people had a book or five in them?
However the real drive behind this cloud, especially the last quarter expansion, has to be the Kindle Fire. The success of the device launched last November in the US must have taken the Amazon executives pleasantly by surprise. One of the underpinning strengths of the Fire is the accompanying Amazon cloud. It's there to provide a complete holistic environment for the device - sure it has a cross selling purpose, making it compellingly easy to tap into Amazon sales channels, but it also is designed to make the Fire more than just a tablet. This is why it is outselling similar Android devices by the bucketload. It's as close as you can get to the Apple experience where, with iOS5 leading the way, the hardware and software sum is clearly greater than the parts. Whether Amazon will manage to catch up with Apple in these stakes remains to be seen - perhaps they'll be content to just be the leader in a slightly different race.
It is also the reason why the Fire hasn't popped up in the UK as rumoured. We were expecting the device to arrive in January. I suspect that the success in the US resulted in UK bound production being diverted to sate the US buyers, however I understand that extending the cloud to the UK and Europe is also proving to be a challenge. Judging by the graph above, it's a challenge being tackled head on by Amazon. Expect that cloud to double in six months, and prepare for the Kindle Fire to be launched early Autumn over here, ready to establish itself as an Apple killer pre Christmas. Late, but still very welcome.
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