Amazon’s Kindle gets mixed reviews

This week Amazon launched Kindle, its highly-anticipated portable reader that lets customers download books, newspapers, magazines, and blogs using Wi-Fi. Yet despite fanfare surrounding the...

This week Amazon launched Kindle, its highly-anticipated portable reader that lets customers download books, newspapers, magazines, and blogs using Wi-Fi. Yet despite fanfare surrounding the launch, reaction has been tepid. The Motley Fool says Amazon got the marketing all wrong:
"We are hoping that this is the beginning of something," Bezos told FOX Business Network last night, "that we're starting a kind of fire."

Nice one. You'll never appeal to diehard readers with book-burning imagery. You'll also never appeal to research hounds when the only website that's accessible on the Kindle -- other than the Amazon digital-book storefront itself -- is the ceremoniously unreliable Wikipedia. Really, now. Put a little research into your research next time.


Or as Wired and Forbes have declared, the iPhone has already made the Kindle obsolete. But according to Forbes the gadget has some things working in its favor, others not so much:
Another edge: Newsweek reports the device will get 30 hours of reading out of a single charge. By contrast, the iPhone’s battery can sustain just six hours of Internet use.

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Another catch: Amazon, according to Newsweek, is going to charge subscription fees for blogs, magazines, and newspapers. Yet most magazines and newspapers — and practically every blog — can be had online for free.

With the biggest shop day of the year just around the corner, I guess we'll see just how hot the Kindle is going be this season. I couldn't resist the pun.

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