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The Kindal, my thoughts. - Mark Atwood
fallenpegasus
fallenpegasus
The Kindal, my thoughts.
I probably won't be getting one right now.

The heft and weight is nice, when I got to handle one, and the epaper surface is very neat. Page refresh is slow, and the blank before rewrite is annoying. I'm told that Sony has fixed that problem with theirs, so Amazon will probably roll out a similar fix.

But

I don't buy v1 of things, especially consumer electronics, especially something with that much software, under the hood IT, and DRM.

And $400 is too much.

At $200, I would be more inclined. Even if it was $300 with $200 of Amazon store credit, I would still be more inclined.

If every physical book I buy from Amazon in the future would also appear on the Kindel at the same time, I would probably buy it in a few months, after the shake out.

If every book I've bought in the past from Amazon would appear on it, I would probably buy one in a month.

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kespernorth From: kespernorth Date: November 21st, 2007 02:30 am (UTC) (Link)
I think they're a bit hideous and they look uncomfortable to hold. I'm inclined toward the Sony reader.
deepdvd From: deepdvd Date: November 21st, 2007 03:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Kindal, Kindel, Kindle. yes.

Looks interesting, but FAR too much money for its capabilities
deepdvd From: deepdvd Date: November 21st, 2007 03:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Then again, it's FREE [limited] wireless. Anywhere. That's rather cool.
wurtmann From: wurtmann Date: November 21st, 2007 05:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Are you going to be back for Thanksgiving???
jenn_girl From: jenn_girl Date: November 21st, 2007 12:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm interested in seeing it. I saw the sony reader at Borders, and wasn't very impressed. It did not feel much different than reading on a computer screen, and I don't know if I want that in my books. I do like that you can store multiple books on one unit and maybe if I did more traveling it would be worth it.
tithonium From: tithonium Date: November 21st, 2007 05:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

Random comments

*I also dislike buying v1 hardware. but, I have hopes for greater hackability.
*Has sony fixed it? Their epaper reader has the same refresh behavior, which I hate hate hate hate. If they're coming out with a new version, I may be a little disappointed. Tho, the form factor for sony's device is not happy-making either. The dock is nice; I don't think kindle has one.
*Yeah, the price is horrible. Sigh.
*Automagically getting electronic editions of your purchases would be completely awesome. And, frankly, I wouldn't put it past Amazon to do that in the future. Check out your 'Media Library' there some time (amazon.com/gp/ays) and see what you might have.
*I hear they're working on an SDK.
awfief From: awfief Date: November 22nd, 2007 02:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
who'd amazon buy to get that?

Does it use e-ink.com's technology? (I know the founders, so I root for the team!)

So basically you hope Amazon pulls an Apple, where they reduce the price by $200? :)

It only holds like 200 books, so that might not be feasible given how many books you may have bought. And what about if you resell your book in real life, or buy a book as a gift? (just from a DRM perspective)

Also, if I have a digital book reader, I want to be able to bookmark, perhaps annotate, and certainly search for words.

What's the security on that? Forget having lost $400 if someone steals it from me, they can now purchase books on my saved credit card. Maybe they can even get my amazon username and password? My previous purchases? Imagine if iPods had 1-click purchasing from Apple. *shudder*

And when I e-mail my documents to Kindle for "easy viewing", where do they go? Who owns/controls that?

Basically, they haven't done enough with the medium they have. Basically the only 2 salient features are "less bulky than 200 books" and "instantaneous wireless access" -- and there are places in the world where you can't get the EVDO network, whether you're between towers or whatever.

Here are some other things I'd love:

- integration with a search engine to search .doc and .pdf and similar files online. ie, like Google's image search, or doing a "filetype:pdf" Google search.

- bookmark ability (required, really, now everyone can feel comfortable about dog-ear a page!)

- highlight & annotate ability

- copy and paste ability to a new document. Essential for students. I remember reading tons of books, typing in quotes and sources into an outline, and then building a paper around that. Having a tool that would eliminate all that typing would be great (though copying and pasting is difficult without a pointing device or touchscreen).

- e-mail or SMS out a quote. Instant Twitter, LJ, etc integration, and an easy way to get

- Be able to get store credit when I release a book from my bookshelf. If I'm going to pay $5.95 for a trashy romance novel, I'd much rather buy it for $5.95 and get a $2 or $3 credit when I "return" it.

- User reviews. Even if I have to go to the amazon site to review it, I want to make sure I can get official reviews like NYT but also user reviews.

- Friends recommendations. Hell, most of the Netflix features. A waiting queue to buy later. A wishlist that syncs with Amazon. The ability to buy a gift book for another kindle from my own kindle.

- just thought of this wrt waiting queue and netflix and return credit -- I'd happily pay a subscription fee like $10 a month to read books in a genre by an author/publisher -- ie, $10 a month to have up to 1 Nora Roberts book at a time on my Kindle. Basically, O'Reilly's Safari concept, but in my hand. Now that'd be awesome.
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