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?

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.

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