4 thoughts on “Kindle: from Amazon.”

  1. Cost of the machine is to high – Needs to be less than $100.

    Cost of books to high – Why are EBooks not a fraction of their printed cousins?

    Personally I have been reading EBooks on my Tablet PC for years and I always feel I am paying a premium for my added benefit.

  2. I recently compared product pitches of the Sony Digital reader and the Amazon Kindle for a talk that I gave to a group of about 250 people working in various areas of the publishing industry. I asked: How many of you have ever read a whole book on a personal computer, pda, or eReader of any kind. Only 4 of the 250 people had. I also asked, how many of you have bought a book from Amazon. All but 2 held up their hands.

    Both the Sony Digital Reader and the Amazon Kindle use eInk which presents text on a medium with an amazingly natural look–no back light to cause glare or strain to the eyes. But compared to a book, these displays only reveal about one tenth the number of words revealed in a typical two page view of a paperback monograph. People often underestimate how valuable it is to the reader to see a sweep of content that covers 900 to 1000 words rather than 100 words at a time. Perhaps the next generation of eReaders will approach what we already get from a print book.

    Both devices claim several days’ of battery-life. The Sony device retails at $299, the Kindle at $399. However, the other aspects of the two products reveal very big differences in the whole user experience.

    Where would you look to buy books? At Sony.com’s eBook site? Or on Amazon?

    Downloading a book to the Sony means connecting your Digital Reader with a USB cable to a computer that has a good internet connection to hook up to Sony’s ebook site for the download.

    With the Kindle? You can download an average bestseller in less than a minute anywhere within cellphone range. The cost of the cellphone connection is all handled by Amazon, so you have no service plans or commitments. They also say that they’ll automatically download leading worldwide newspapers overnight and populate your Kindle with blogs throughout the day.

    It strikes me that while 99 cents is within the price for an ‘impulse buy’ for a teen with an iPod, $9.99 is probably within the impulse buy for a book-lover.

    Text books, and other books used by students and scholars? I think they’ll need to add better notation functionality and ways to populate a citation manager.

    I predict that the Kindle will take off, but the Sony will be left on the wrong side of the ‘chasm’.

    I haven’t looked at the Apple’s Airbook. Obviously, iTune distribution will be a better distribution point than the eBook section of Sony.com. Perhaps the Airbook will give the Kindle a run for its money.

    On the other hand, one of Amazon’s assertions/offers is that now everyone with an Amazon account (and that’s almost everyone, right?) is already set up to be a publisher so that each and every one of them/us can now author and publish their/our own works and sell them on Kindle. That sounds to me like a really horrible idea.

  3. I also think the price is too high, otherwise I would buy one.
    I think ebooks such as those you access via ebrary are good though. Especially if you just want to browse.

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