In early August I wrote about Amazon acquiring the domain name KindleAir.com for possible use with its next generation of Kindle devices.
After a little domain sleuthing, the pieces of the puzzle appear to be falling into place and it looks like Amazon will be using elements like Earth, Water, Air and more, to name its next line of Kindles.
KindleAir.com was the first hint, but I’ve now discovered that Amazon has secretly acquired the domain names KindleEarth.com, KindleWater.com and — both domain names were acquired on July 6, 2011.
Although both domains are registered at Go Daddy and hidden behind its privacy service Domains by Proxy, it’s simple to reveal Amazon as the owner by using Go Daddy’s public Account Retrieval System, which in June finally addressed other privacy issues with the tool.
All one has to do is simply try and retrieve a customer number online from Go Daddy’s main website (as shown in the picture below). You select a product from a list (for example “Domain Name”), enter your email address, then enter a security access code by retyping the graphic number shown on the screen.
If everything is a successful match, a “Process Complete” message is displayed indicating the information requested will be sent to the email address entered. I used hostmaster@ amazon.com, the e-mail address Amazon regularly uses when registering domain names through its various registrars including MarkMonitor and Go Daddy.
If something is entered wrong, a message displays stating for example, “Email address not found”.
For both KindleEarth.com and KindleWater.com, the retrieval process was successful and a “Process Complete” message was displayed.
So, just to add a little more fuel to the Kindle rumor fire, it appears Amazon will be using these names for a possible Kindle product line. Similar types of names might also be used like Kindle Wave.com, which DNW wrote about yesterday.
Using Go Daddy and its privacy service, is the same secret method Amazon used before launching its Cloud Reader service in order to keep the product under wraps. The company registered kindlecloudreader.com in late June but didn’t reveal itself as the owner until it unveiled the service in August.