The Kindle

The Kindle is an interesting concept and Amazon is the right company to push such a product. Google’s Robert Love wrote a good blog post about it. If this thing has PDF support and had better looks, it would have been a killer device. Although some purists will still say that carrying real books with real paper pages all the time in your bag, is still the way to go. I am not one of these purists.


stormrider wrote on November 19th, 2007 at 2:01 PM PST:

Thank god I am not the only one who thinks this thing has very outdated looks…

Nevertheless, This is not a new idea and I agree that amazon is the right company to push that kind of gadget, lots and lots of others have failed with similar devices.

I am not a purist but I believe that the electronic form is only convinient for books such as an encyclopedia or a phone book

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Eugenia wrote on November 19th, 2007 at 2:17 PM PST:

Many people who have used eBooks on the iPod or on PDAs are happy with the experience they get out of them, so I expect the much larger display on this device to be an even better experience. I don’t see why someone needs the 700 pages of Harry Potter in paper form over the electronic one — provided that the UI allows for easy bookmarking and “automatic resume”.

Ivan wrote on November 19th, 2007 at 11:41 PM PST:

I read about this (or a similar sth) elsewhere, and I remember it was very expensive ($300). This thing can only catch on if prices drop dramatically. Maybe advertising?
Anyhow, being a teacher, I see great educational possibilities here, at least if notetaking and wireless file transfer is implemented. All syllabi in one compact device, updates at the end of the lesson, no heavy backpacks (and no backpain).

Luis wrote on November 20th, 2007 at 5:23 AM PST:

While I think nothing can substitute a paper book for now, I’m very happy to see such devices coming out at last. We’ve been hearing about e-book readers for 10 years and it seemed that they’d never arrive in a useful form. Still this one is not perfect (and too expensive), but it’s an important step.

It doesn’t matter how purist you are, wasting so much paper is nonsense when we can use something else much more efficient. Think about all the trees we can save, the pollution from making paper, all the transport we can save, or just about the money (and time) the end user can save. Definitely the way to go.

Ralf. wrote on November 20th, 2007 at 6:58 AM PST:

Good idea – but an ugly piece of hardware. Are all designers working exclusively for Apple these days?

prairiedock wrote on November 22nd, 2007 at 7:20 AM PST:

The real problem with these things has nothing to do with looks, price, convenience, or even whether it can display pdf.

See Mark Pilgrim’s “The Future of Reading”:

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