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Amazon’s Kindle

Monday, November 19, 2007
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amazon-kindleWill this new device ‘kindle’ the interest of the masses in buying and propagating e-books? Am I the first one to use that pun? To the latter, most probably not; to the former — quite possibly.

I think you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who doesn’t believe this type of thing inevitable; with the current zeitgeist being for all things miniaturized and portable, not to mention eco-friendly, books were bound to get revolutionized at some point — it was just a matter of finding the right delivery device.

The fact that it’s coming from Amazon.com, though, is at once surprising and yet not. Surprising in the sense that up until now they were simply a giant on-line department store who had never produced their own product before; not, because who else has a greater interest in promoting the sale of e-books? This is a very smart move on their part — it’s like they’re trying to become for e-books what Apple is now to music (the ‘build it and they will come’ approach).

I’d definitely be down for buying this, or something like it — just not right now. While it’s a good idea, I’m sure in a year or two there will be a much better and cheaper version of it — either the Kindle 2.0 or another company’s foray into the market. Good for Amazon for getting out there first though.

Here’s more info and links to an ABC News video. 03971semaj

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Tuesday, November 20, 2007 11:53 am

    Yeah, I can understand it from a eco point of view – although paper, er, trees, are a renewable resource, and the plastic used to make the Kindle will take hundreds of years to break down.

    It’s certainly a good idea for travelling, for students and business people, and probably a whole ton of others that I can’t think of right now. But I don’t think we’ll see the end of the ol paper-bound book, at least not in our lifetime.

    While books are created with all the latest technology, the actual book itself won’t ever become technologically inaccessible, and that is, I think, even more so than the fact that reading something on paper is easier on the eyes then a liquid crystal display, the thing that will ensure that the printed word will endure.

  2. James17930 permalink
    Wednesday, November 21, 2007 2:27 am

    But notice the display is made to as resemble paper — it has grain and is somewhat dull in brightness.

    Plus, these things would be recyclable in the same way that computers and cell phones are.

  3. James17930 permalink
    Thursday, November 22, 2007 10:10 am

    Here’s the AP’s review:

    Review

  4. Tuesday, February 24, 2009 12:16 am

    the Kindle reminds me of something i saw in an old school Star Trek episode, which is a good selling point… and it’s so thin!

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