I’m a bit bemused by the furor over the Amazon Kindle. Let me be clear: I’ve carried literature in my pocket for around a decade, in a series of Palms and Treos and lately in my iPhone. I’m on board with the basic notion of portable, paperless reading. But still …
- This thing costs four hundred smackers.
- All it does is read books.
- And it doesn’t fit in my pocket.
- The books are generally discounted, but not much. The best discount I’ve seen yet was about two dollars. So if I buy 200 Kindle books, I recoup my hardware investment?
- I notice that I spend a lot more time reading in Stanza, since the Kindle iPhone app came out. And I’ve added more of my own documents to my Air Sharing collection as well. I have the Kindle iPhone app. I just haven’t found a use for it, yet.
So, the Kindle is more expensive than established alternatives, less convenient, and largely locked into one vendor. And I want one of these … why?
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