Looking for people to help beta test our Kindle Apps

Update: Thanks a lot for the responses. Kindle 2 and 3 slots are gone. 1 slot each for DX and DX 2 left. Please do leave a comment if you’re interested – if we do a launch promotion, or get more slots, will add you in first. Once again, thanks a lot – really appreciate your responses and replies.

You wouldn’t be able to guess it, given that we have released a grand total of ZERO Kindle Apps so far – However, we’ve been working on Kindle Apps since last March.

It’s a team with some exceptional developers, Sergii and Andriy and Saurabh and Mikhail and Ajit, and some really good designers, Sergey S and Digant. The only failure is me because I haven’t been able to get any of their excellent apps approved.

Thankfully, now we can get some of you Kindle owners to help.

It seems that it’s now OK to have Kindle owners beta test apps and give feedback BEFORE submitting to Amazon. Which is great because we have 26 Kindle Apps – some/all of which will probably never get approved – so at least the beta testers can tell us whether we’re just wasting our time, or the apps are actually adding any value.

If some of you were willing to beta test our apps, I’d really appreciate it, as would the developers and designers. In particular, we could really use the help of –

  1. 1 or 2 Kindle DX owners.
  2. 1 or 2 Kindle 2 owners.
  3. 1 or 2 Kindle 3 owners. More is fine too.
  4. 1 or 2 Kindle DX 2 owners.

Once we hear from Amazon on whether the limit is 5 or 10 or 20 beta developers will let you know. I think it should be at least 5. Hopefully it’s 20.

There are a few things we were hoping for –

  1. Secrecy. A few of the apps are very dependent on the idea not being leaked so we’d really like it if you could test these apps in non-public places and not tell anyone about them.
  2. Forthrightness – If an app sucks, let us know. If an app is great, let us know.
  3. Ability to find errors – Which won’t be difficult initially. Anyone with a testing background is super welcome.
  4. Ability to put in some time – In a lot of the cases it shouldn’t be an issue as these are good apps and fundamental apps and you’ll be using them quite often.
  5. Patience – Only 8 of these apps are ready to ship (in our opinion). The others would just be an exercise in patience – though in some cases they would be worth it.

Here is what we can offer –

  1. At this point we’re close to quitting Kindle Apps entirely. So your feedback might be what keeps us making Kindle Apps, which would be a good thing in general since more Kindle App developers means competition and better apps.
  2. The coolest apps. There are apps that are nothing like anything you’ll find in any app store. Just a few – but they are there.
  3. Lots of opportunity to help improve the apps. Around 8 of the apps are polished, and the rest are diamonds in the rough or perhaps just rocks. Your feedback might be the difference between an app that gets approved or that never sees the light of day.
  4. Lots of fun. It’s such a wide variety of apps that there’ll be something for everyone. Whether you want an app for your kids or for work or for passing the time there’s something for you.
  5. Free Apps. Plus you get them before everyone else. Plus you get to try out the ones that Amazon never approves.

Also, here’s a bonus poll that I’ve been wanting to put up for a while.

Should I continue to work on Kindle Apps?

[polldaddy poll=4447370]

It’s pretty frustrating to have a bunch of apps that are pretty much done (in our opinion) and then watch as other apps come out but ours never do.

Hopefully, with beta testers we’ll get an idea of whether it’s because our apps don’t deserve to be released at all, or whether it’s just the fates laughing at us as they sip on pina coladas at the beach in Cabo.

It’s pretty interesting. All we want to do is make apps for Kindle owners and release them and see what Kindle owners think but there seem to be 500 different things we have to get right first. At least with this beta test thing we can get feedback from Kindle owners.

70 thoughts on “Looking for people to help beta test our Kindle Apps”

  1. I would be willing to test the Kindle Apps for you. I’ve done lots of beta testing for various apps (from Palm to PC). I’m an experienced Kindle user. I have a 3 myself, and have access to a 2.

    I have also bought pretty much every single app there is to buy for the Kindle, as I’ve wanted to support the app market. And the games were too shiny.

    Let me know.

  2. First, who is this “we”, exactly? I only know you as switch11.

    I’d like to see the apps and yes I’d keep it confidential. You have my word on that.

    Do you actually need Amazon to sell the apps or can you give them away? If they’re free then fuck Amazon; post them on your website.

    You could even start your own app store. I’d give you lots of public support and I could probably introduce you other developers who are also frustrated by Amazon.

  3. Also, beyond games I think there’s a market for some other kinds of apps as well. I still would love to have an actual notepad and/or todo list.

  4. I guess we’re supposed to leave a comment if we’re interested? Count me in. Kindle 3 (I think . . . it was a gift, but the new $189 3G/wi-fi option, whichever one that is.)

  5. I’m a former software developer. I have written and tested software and understand how to search edge cases. I’d be happy to be a beta tester for your apps. I have a K3 (3G).

  6. I am a Kindle 3 owner that is willing to help beta test if you need it.

    I do have some testing experience, but it has been awhile.

    Either way, best of luck to you.

  7. How do we let you know we’re interested in testing an app – with a comment here?

    If so, then I’m interested as a Kindle 3 owner. I fit all the criteria and can elaborate if necessary. Vocal & opinionated are just two of my fine qualities. (:

    1. Michy, Kindle Apps don’t work on Kindle 1.

      Do you have Kindle 2 or Kindle 1? Kindle 1 is the one with the other design and the silver strip on the side. If it’s that one then Kindle Apps won’t work.

      1. Oh see… it is a 2, and I can’t think straight or something. Haha. Blame it on the mega change of meds in the last few days, I’ve also put the milk away in the cupboard, the cereal in the frig, and forgotten that I already bought toilet paper. Twice. Guess I’m stocked up now! Since the hubs is home, and the meds are starting to get balanced, I’ll be much more coherent in a few days.

        I’ve had it for a year now, and I can probably count on one hand the number of days that I don’t pick it up to read, and recently, play games.

  8. I’m a Kindle 2 owner and would love to test out your apps. Thank you for your great posts. I look forward to reading them every day.

  9. I’d love to help out, I have a Kindle 2. I’m a QA Manager for a software company so I have plenty of testing experience.

  10. Count me in!! I would love to do a little beta testing! I have a Kindle 3; I am well read (aren’t all kindle owners?), well spoken, retired corporate executive (telecommunications) with plenty of “quiet-time” to spare…I am also a great secret keeper!! Good luck!! And keep the faith!

  11. Count me in if you need more people. I’m a product desogner with a lot of graphics experience (though no GUI), so I can help with the way teh apps look as well. I have a Kindle 3G/WiFi… Tony

  12. I’d love to test your apps. I have a Kindle 2 (not the international, but the one that runs on the Sprint network). Thanks!

  13. Sign me up! I’d like to do some beta testing to help, not to mention it might be fun. I have a Kndle 3 which I really enjoy.

  14. I would be happy to help test the apps. I have a Kindle 3 and have had each generation of Kindle. I have a telecommunications and elementary education background, and confidentiality would not be a problem. Good luck with your apps!

  15. I’m a kindle 3 owner and would be interestd in testing apps and providinng feedback for you if a slot becomes available.

    I have done some beta testing for a software company (which I’m not allowed to name) for a commercial product before it was released.

    I also have four kids, ages 4, 7, 8, and 16, who read and paly games on my kindle that would let me know what they think of any apps that are geared towards kids their age(s).

  16. I would definetly be interested in testing apps. I have been searching the internet for definte apps (i.e. Planner, calendar, etc)

  17. I would be interesting in beta testing the apps. If anything it would be a wonderful way to help with something that could definantly interesting several more potential Kindle buyers. I myself have a Kindle 2

  18. Retired and we are a two kindle 2 household. I am a beta tester for several gaming sites, and would love to beta test for my kindle2

  19. I’d be glad to beta test apps, if you are still in need of testers. I play around with Apps quite a bit on my iPhone, and thus actually spend just as much time reading on it (since it is always with me) as I do my Kindle 3. Probably if I had some apps on my Kindle, I’d spend more time on it doing something other than reading. LOL

  20. No real experience with testing, but would love to try out apps and let you know what I think. I’ve got the Kindle 3 3G/WiFi.x

  21. If you get any more slots open for the K3 with 3G, I’ll be available. I’m a Senior Technical Analyst with an IT Company, as well as a mainframe programmer, so have experience in testing.

  22. Would love to test some apps! I do have experience
    (years ago) testing software and now have 3 kids that could also help out. I’ve got the Kindle 2…

  23. I have a Kindle 2, and I would be happy to help. I have the Worldwide Kindle, if that helps at all… I read quite a bit and worked at a library for 5 years before I started teaching English/Language Arts.

    Hope I can be helpful!



  24. Sounds like you’ve got plenty of offers of help, a good thing! I have zero techie experience, but I spend lots of time with my Kindle, it is great. I was really interested to read some of the app discussions last year, and I’m very glad to hear that your apps are still on the way. Can’t wait to see some!

  25. I would be willing to help beta test. I have a Kindle 2 and have worked extensively in QA and product development and am good at trying bizarre testing ideas out.

  26. I have a Kindle 3 and am very interested in helping out with the beta testing. Please let me know when the testing is going to start and what to do.

  27. I have Kindle dx and kindle 3. Daughters have Kindle2’s…glad to help you test if you need more people but looks like the response has been great. Good luck and Thanks!

  28. Thanks a lot everyone.

    we’ve taken around 10 people as beta testers. It was rather random and from amongst the first 15 or 20 people.

    If any spots open up, or more testers are allowed, will let the people who’re next on the list know.

    thanks a lot for your offers of help and support.

  29. I’m not an experienced tester, but I am familiar with Kindle, bought my K1 when it was $399, and now also have the Kindle WiFi. I like some of the games, but I think Kindle needs more Kindlish apps. So, if in the future you need more testers, count me in.

  30. I’m a kindle 3 owner and would be interestd in testing apps and providinng feedback for you if a slot becomes available.

    I have done some beta testing for a software company (which I’m not allowed to name) for a commercial product before it was released.

    I also have four kids, ages 4, 7, 8, and 16, who read and paly games on my kindle that would let me know what they think of any apps that are geared towards kids their age(s)

  31. in case you need further DXG testers, I’d be happy to share my skills and time…in any case, don’t stop working on apps. i’m sure plenty of users would love additional functionalities

  32. Wish I could make my kindle 1 into a kindle 2 using some magic and someone that can do major modifications to kindles…. IDK. So you don’t need kindle 1 testers, you say.

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