All of the things I said about the Sony iteration awhile back
still apply to Amazon's Kindle
. First and foremost, the cost is still much to high for the product that it provides. (Price of the machine aside, I'm not paying $9.99 for what is essentially the privilege of reading a book without the typical materiality one would expect of a book. Note to Amazon.com/publishers/writers: For me, the price ceiling is $3.99...and, yes, I have thought about this.)
And correct me if I'm wrong, but its free wireless capacities will not work abroad. Which means that its functionality as a lightweight traveling library is much reduced.
I also think that the brand name is not particularly auspicious. While reading the
PW e-newsletter article about the Kindle, I kept having visions of...burning. Might I point out that associating books with fire probably isn't the smartest of marketing gimmicks?
Kindle \Kin`dle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Kindled; p. pr. & vb. n.
Kindling.] [Icel. kyndill candle, torch; prob. fr. L.
candela; cf. also Icel. kynda to kindle. Cf. Candle.]
1. To set on fire; to cause to burn with flame; to ignite; to
cause to begin burning; to start; to light; as, to kindle
a match, or shavings.