It’s way too early to say if Amazon’s Kindle will be a success. Not many people have actually used one at first hand, but this hasn’t stopped a lot of negative comments.

Most centre around the DRM restrictions placed on the content. This is will be a concern for many, but for the general public, if the product looks great and the user experience is spot on, they won’t care too much. Apple proved this with the iPod. The iPod has an element of product lock-in with iTunes (though admittedly not to the scale of Kindle), but this hasn’t stopped Apple selling them by the lorry-load.

Other negative feedback is along the lines of ‘why do I need one?’. This is a normal reaction, as most people still fill their bookshelves with printed books. Before the iPod came out, a lot of people couldn’t see the value in buying digital music, without a physical CD, case or booklet. The advantage is in the convienence of having a large (and portable) library of information at your fingertips. Although I’m undecided if I’d use it in bed to read the new Ian Rankin, I can see an obvious use for textbooks and reference books.

I think Amazon deserve credit for creating Kindle - it’s a bold move into uncharted territory. I’ve no idea how much it would cost to develop a completely new product and technical infrastructure from scratch, but I bet it didn’t come cheap. If only they could’ve hired Jonathan Ive to design a nice case for it...

Posted 6 years, 5 months ago

The difference to CDs is that you can’t rip your books to read in Amazonís Kindle. :-(

Georg Portenkirchner · www · 6 years, 5 months ago

nice article, also nice web log design.

Tercume · www · 6 years, 5 months ago

Interesting slashdot thread speculating that Apple might integrate Google’s Book Search project into the iPhone -

Phil · www · 6 years, 5 months ago

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