Originally Posted by astra
Sheep or no sheep but I am sure that many many people buy kindle because it is the only ebook reader they are aware of.
I read a few other forums. People report that they got Kindle for Christmas or bought one as a gift. Why? Because they are the ones who read books or know other people who read books a lot. People who buy it as a gift think: WOW! Fantastic idea! They will love something cool like Kindle. They(the buyers) have no idea about existence of other ebook readers. All they(the buyers) know is Kindle. They(the buyers) buy it as a special gift for somebody they love and they(the buyers) think they will benefit from the gift.
Amazon is doing an amazing job of advertising. Doesn't matter whether there are ebook readers that might be better, you cannot beat such campaign.
P.S. I am sure that if I didn't have ebook reader and was not technically educated person to know the difference, my wife would get Kindle for me. It would be the only one she is aware of.
Again I'm actually applauding Amazon's Marketing department people.
but this is also starting to head down a different rabbit hole. Going back to my original point. the reason Amazon makes these types of press releases is to feed the herd mentality.
The whole "if it's the most popular, it must be the best" is Marketing 101.
This mentality is very much alive and strong among the average consumer. And that is what company's want to feed. It's still the most powerful marketing tool.