Amazon registers and, but why?

Kindle Scribe

Could Amazon’s next Kindle device be called the Kindle Scribe?

Or is Amazon going to release a powerful note-taking feature with the Kindle e-book reader?

There are plenty of rumors and speculation swirling around the possibility of Amazon launching a new Kindle device in the near future.

Now, we have another name to add to the rumor mill called the “Kindle Scribe”, after Amazon’s Legal Department registered the domain names and on August 20, 2011.


  Date Registered: 08/20/11
    Date Modified: 08/22/11
      Expiry Date: 08/20/12
                   DNS1: NS-1.AMAZON.COM
                   DNS2: NS-2.AMAZON.COM
          Holdings, Inc.
                   General Counsel
                   P.O. Box 81226                  
                   Seattle, WA (US)

At the time of this story, neither domain resolves to a website.

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Does Amazon’s domain registration hint at the next Kindle?

Kindle Air

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, and, come after news that Amazon quietly added social networking features to its Kindle support site, which can be found at

Amazon appears to also have acquired 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. 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. 

Amazon’s legal department also registered and

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