The Kindle series of e-book readers and tablets are manufactured by Foxconn, the trading name for Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd. The products are designed and marketed by Amazon.
As of 2015, some Amazon Kindle models include the seventh-generation original Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Voyage. Other models include the Kindle Fire HD, Fire HDX and Fire HD Kids Edition.
Free e-books are available at Amazon.com in the Kindle Store. Older books that are no longer in copyright are available for download, and newer books that the author is offering as part of a promotion may be free for a limited time.
Amazon offers a kids edition of the Amazon Fire HD. The Fire HD 6 Kids Edition comes with a kid-proof protective case and a two-year replacement guarantee if the device breaks. The device comes with one year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited.
If any one person can be credited with the invention of the Amazon Kindle it's Gregg Zehr, head of the Amazon Lab126 product development team. So although the creation of the first generation Kindle device was a collaborative effort, Zehr can claim credit for being the father of eBook readers.
Amazon.com's Kindle devices are primarily for storing and reading e-books. Some Kindle devices run the Android operating system and can run Android apps similar to a tablet, and Kindle reading software is also available for most computer and mobile device operating systems.
The Amazon Kindle is a dedicated mobile electronic device used for reading electronic books and periodicals sold by Amazon.com. The original Kindle was introduced in 2007, and as of 2014, there are several models of the e-reader.
The Kindle can be purchased in most countries from Amazon.com and from many retail stores in the United States, including Best Buy, Office Depot and Staples. Select retail stores in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and South America may also carry the Kindle.
Free apps are available for the Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD from the Amazon App Store, including games, entertainment apps and educational apps. The Kindle and Kindle Paperwhite do not have the same app capabilities as the Fire and Fire HD models.
Foxconn Technology Group—also known as the Hon Hai Precision Industry Co.—is the manufacturer of Amazon Kindle products. Foxconn's headquarters are in Taiwan. Foxconn is the largest electronics contractor manufacturer in the world.