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Comments on Kindle E-Book Reader From Amazon
Yet another e-book reader, you say? Maybe, but this one has online book powerhouse behind it. (Read the complete story)

"I've been reading e-books on portable devices since the early 1990's. My overall impression is that it looks like it would be fun to play with.
Some of the things Amazon did right:
-reasonable screen technology choice (esp. long battery life)
-very streamlined wifi access to content not dependent on hot spots or plugging into a PC
-lots of content choices (books, blogs, newspapers)
-amazon will apparently keep the (purchased) content on its servers and keep track of what you bought (in case you lose it or it crashes and cannot recover)
-better buttons than Sony Reader
-earplugs for being read to (audio books)
Some things Amazon did wrong:
-better screen choices are available
-device should be all screen, like an iPhone (physical space for buttons is wasted)
-cannot access open internet (although I see subscription possibilities in the future...); it's clear that Amazon wants to create a closed architecture of partner sites and content.
-it is a relatively expensive limited purpose device and is greatly limited by its screen technology, which is simply unsuitable for video (for example, I can read on an iPhone, as well as watch tv shows, movies, listen to music and other content - not to mention make calls)
-it's basic design is three years old (see the Sony LIBRIe)
Problems Amazon can't help:
-there are no screens that can compete with printed paper for readability (you will read 25-35% fewer pages before becoming tired)
-any small screen (compared with looking at a spread-out newspaper, for example) is like looking through a keyhole at content
-a book is a far more usable object (as a device for reading content) than I can go into here; there are a number of reasons that humanity settled on books
-e-book readers have failed to make money every time they have been introduced."
(Bill Christensen 11/20/2007 3:53:07 PM)
"Designer Phillipe Starcke had an interesting take on the Kindle.
(Bill Christensen 12/14/2007 8:26:16 AM)
"What I have found that converting normal or easy text, word doc or pdf file to kindle is quite easy but if the pdf file consists of lot of images and tables the conversion process does not work properly and the whole layout of the ebook gets change. Kindle is still in experimental stage in converting the complicated pdf file to kindle format, but very recently I came across one website which provide ebook conversion service along with kindle ebook conversion at very affordable rates, mostly for the PDF ebook which consists of tables and images which are quite tough to convert them to ebook format such as mobipocket, kindle or MS reader, but I have found that the above ebook conversion company converts these type of ebooks in more profession and efficient way at very reasonable rate."
(Mike 12/31/2007 3:35:01 AM)
"Mike - thanks for passing this site along. I'm wondering how Amazon's sales of the Kindle will go forward into the new year."
(Bill 1/2/2008 8:43:29 AM)
"The Kindle isn't very appealing to me. I read ebooks (Microsoft Reader format) on a laptop with a high-resolution 17" screen (which, after ClearType adjustments, is as readable as a full-size hardback book with nice, clear type). The Kindle is much too small Ė I would be hitting the Next button constantly. I also like to have the Oxford English Dictionary and Encarta available for consultation when reading, so I need a real computer, not a dedicated reader device. (For listening to audible books, I have the tiny new Sansa Clip.) The only thing that appeals to me about the Kindle is the availability of new books for $9.99 (the Microsoft Reader versions are usually in the $20-$25 range). I am waiting for a converter so I can buy Kindle format books and convert them to Microsoft Reader and read them on my laptop."
(Helen Feddema 1/13/2008 4:36:46 PM)
"Helen, I appreciate the points you made. In particular, the availability of dictionaries and encyclopedias on other devices."
(Bill Christensen 1/15/2008 8:03:07 AM)
"Here's what Steve Jobs thinks about the Kindle. "It doesnít matter how good or bad the product is, the fact is that people donít read anymore," he said. "Forty percent of the people in the U.S. read one book or less last year. The whole conception is flawed at the top because people donít read anymore." From Steve Jobs talks MacBook Air, China Mobile, Amazon Kindle."
(Bill Christensen 1/16/2008 4:47:05 PM)
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(zveto4ek 11/29/2009 4:25:43 PM)

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