find it quite hard to believe the device that Amazon is selling as it’s
new e-book reader the Kindle. Three years in the making and
much delayed and they came up with a device obviously designed by a
committee where little interest was paid to people who would want an
e-book reader in the first place. Now if I wanted to design
an e-book reader that was sure to fail and possibly serve as a tax
write off like in The Producers these are some of the features I would
- Charge $399 for the reader.
- Make it really ugly with
lots of angles.
- Make it incompatible with
the ebook format you use to sell.
- Not allow you to add your
own files such as PDF, docs, and text without going through the
companies site with a fee attached.
- Charge you two bucks for
books available for free at Project Gutenberg.
- Allow you to read from a group of blogs selected by the
company and then charge you $1 to $2 a month for each blog you
- Have EVDO available but not WI-FI.
- Charge you $14 dollars a month to view newspaper content
freely available on the web.
- Add a crappy cover that won’t last long.
Oh wait that is the Kindle.
The e-book revolution has been
forecasted to occur for a number of years and a device like this is
sure to delay that day or set that back. The first person you
have to please with new technology is early adopters who are willing to
pay a higher price point for cutting edge technology. Sony’s
second generation ebook reader uses the same screen as the Kindle, is a
hundred dollars less, and allows you to add your own content. But sales
of the Sony Reader have been dismal. Amazon will surely have a much
larger library and the built-in EVDO is a good feature that allow’s
people to use the device without a computer. Early-adopters though
probably have a computer and surely want to be able to place their own
content on their own reader. I know that is a deal breaker
for someone like myself who otherwise would like a solid portable
reading device and the ability to get books from Amazon.com.