Eric Engleman at TechFlash recently sat down with Ian Freed, VP for Kindle. The interview, despite Eric’s attempts, yielded absolutely nothing of interest about the Kindle.
Here’s my general (and admittedly snarky) synopsis of the interview.
Q: The Kindle is almost one year old, how do you think it’s done?
Q: What features are and are not working?
A: All our features work fabulously.
Q: What metrics can you share about Kindle?
Q: When will a new version of Kindle come out?
A: “In the future” (No, really, that’s a direct quote folks!)
Q: Care to specify?
Q: How many exclusive titles does Kindle have?
A: A handful, but let me tell you about this other cool Kindle stuff.
Q: Where are Kindles manufactured?
Q: What’s it like doing business in China?
A: Lots of other people do business in China, nothing wrong with that.
Q: Would you consider opening the Kindle platform to third party developers?
A: “I think we might be.” (Direct quote again.)
Q: Do you think Stanza is a Kindle competitor?
A: Kindle is really awesome.
Q: Who are the most surprising people using Kindle?
A: Celebrities and super important government people that I can’t talk about.
The interview ends with personal questions which actually provide some real information about Ian, who seems like a decent enough guy and good father.
But really, why give interviews at all if you’re not really going to say anything?