· #kindle · #techtalk
This is the Amazon Kindle - the latest e-book reader to hit the market.
Many technology pundits and early adopters haven’t taken too kindly to the device, citing it’s closed nature as a show-stopper. However, I like the device. And isn’t that all that matters? :-)
When a book isn’t available locally, I have to worry about how long it’ll take to ship from the US and how much the shipping will cost. With Kindle (modulo availability in Singapore), all those worries are gone! It’s just instant consumption.
Built in dictionary & wikipedia lookup? Sweet! I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve put down a Stephenson novel to open the laptop and wiki search something.
Having said all that, the Kindle still misses a few things which would make me buy it immediately (again, modulo availability in the little red dot). Here’s what will hit the sweet spot for me:
- Cheaper, say $100-$150.
- Touch sensitive screen - to doodle and make notes.
- Better looking. Even if it’s not as svelte as the Sony or the Seiko, at least lose the keyboard.
- PDF Support!
Actually, just make it cheaper and I’d buy. I’m sure someone will write a PDF->PRC/MOBI converter and I would stop caring about the looks ten minutes after unpacking the thing. As for the touch screen, there’s always an upgrade to buy ;-)
Update: It took some time, but Amazon finally launched a cheaper Kindle! Perhaps it is time to buy.