Rumors of a new Amazon Kindle have been brewing over the last week since prices were slashed on refurbished Kindle 3 models.
Now the company has made a few domain purchases in the past few days centered around the word Kindle.
Two of its purchases, kindlesocialnetwork.com and kindlesocialnetworking.com, come after news that Amazon quietly added social networking features to its Kindle support site, which can be found at kindle.amazon.com.
Amazon appears to also have acquired KindleAir.com via MarkMonitor after the domain name recently expired. Although the registrant name currently lists MarkMonitor, Amazon regularly uses MarkMonitor the brand protection company for new domain registrations, including its latest social networking purchases.
KindleAir.com used to be the homepage of a comic strip (view here) that hinted at a Kindle for the PC before it was released in late 2009.
While it’s entirely possible that Amazon registered the domain name as part of its overall IP strategy, the timing of the next generation Kindle rumors give it some possibilities, although it is a stretch to imagine Amazon calling its next Kindle something similar to Apple’s MacBook Air.