Amazon Kindle

I look at the Amazon Kindle and think: are we going back to the 80s for electronics? More importantly, I agree with others that hope it will be a flop.

It looks big, it looks ugly, it looks bulky, there are too many buttons, enough DRM to make the suits earning 7 figures happy (which is never good), and the potential to nickle & dime its users to death (you have to pay to subscribe to blogs…think about that for a moment). Why the heck would you want EVDO (even though it is free) on a reading device devoted solely to books? It isn’t like it is rendering complex pages. Plus how the heck do you backup your Kindle purchases? With all of that DRM plus no syncing with your computer…it will be pretty hard to do that!

I look at the iPhone and think that has serious potential to become an e-book device in the future. Think about it. Instead of tons of buttons, a simple flick of your finger to flip a page. Can easily zoom in/out on text, with full color photos for those people who love pictures in their books. With a few taps you would be able to go on the iTunes Store (either directly from the phone or from your computer) and get whatever books you would like. EDGE or Wifi ensures that there will be a signal anywhere. No worrying about the cost to subscribe to a blog or news site, your monthly data plan already part of your iPhone plan (and switching to WiFi when available), and so on.

I have always been fascinated with the idea of e-books…so much potential, but no one can figure out how to do it right. 

One thought on “Amazon Kindle”

  1. Why do you need a keyboard on a digital book? If such a device wants to let you take notes, it should have a touchscreen with a stylus, allowing you to annotate as needed, not a bulky keyboard. Do you type in a paper book? No, you write in it, and highlight it. Until an eBook does this, it will fail.

    Further, part of the value in an eBook is quick access to things you don’t want to keep for thirty years — like magazines and newspapers.

    If an eBook worked like an iPod, had all the pen input/annotation/highlighting/indexing features that we take for granted in the real world of print media, and would automatically have the latest newspaper and magazine issues at the ready faster than your delivery boy (or mailman) can bring them, then it would succeed. Until then, we will see a series of overhyped underwhelming products.

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