Amazon Kindle - is this the future of eBooks?

posted in Media on November 23rd, 2007

Back in August, I talked about a possible vision of the future of eBooks and this week, part of that future seemed to come true, thanks to the Kindle.

The Kindle is a wireless reading device that is built mainly as a product that can be used to generate additional revenue, rather than a product that can replace aging technology and that is where I stopped bothering.

Why would I want to pay for the chance of reading one of 250 top blogs on the Kindle if I can get the same, for free, on my much smaller, therefore much more portable and better looking Pocket PC?

Yes, you can read the New York Times (if you pay, of course) and a couple of other newspapers on it, but the same technology has been available before, it just was not as hyped as the Kindle is.

And yet, the Kindle has already sold out…

2 Responses to 'Amazon Kindle - is this the future of eBooks?'

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  1. Tom Schaffer said, on January 19th, 2008 at 2:49 pm

    yeah, i thought the same of it. additionally also the price of kindle itself is too high.

    i don’t know if something like kindle will some day replace paper books for me - because while i am generally very open for new technology, books are something special.

    but the idea of having every newspaper, blog and magazine in the world with me is great. then again the concept of having to pay for them is kind of ridiculous - at least as long websites are free.

    and then, of course, kindle is ugly.

    but i think it will help paving the way…

  2. Kerim Satirli said, on January 19th, 2008 at 3:02 pm


    thanks for your input. I agree in as that the Kindle will help paving the way and “first generation” devices (not counting other dedicated eBook readers because they lack certain features the Kindle has) are never that great, but still, Amazon could have done a way better job at making it look good, after all, presentation is half of it.