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Kindle – Reasons for Failure
Here are ten quick reasons the Kindle will fail even though Amazon and Bezos’ name are behind it.
- It’s big and ugly – it’s no sleek iPhone
- I wasn’t invited to the launch press and blogger meeting nor is the CN feed included in the device day 1.
- $399 to have the privilege of then buying books to read on the device? Can I get a Fail Fail?
- Isn’t reading about the enjoyment of reading?
- So now I have to carry an iPod and a cell phone and a Kindle?
- Notice the large laptop bag in the demo video? That’s because this guy has to carry his laptop, his cell phone, his iPod and now his kindle.
- Be a big hit with the ladies when you whip out your Kindle. "Hey Baby, I read!"
- It’s the Homer Car - hat tip to Dan Lewis
- Can it do images or video? If not, how does it deal with books that have images or blogs that have videos? Is it Lynx all over again?
- Who wants to pay for the Scoble feed? Only if it comes with the whiteboard sessions!
The one thing I do like about it is that it *may* change the pricing structure for content. I have said for a long time that there is no reason that blogs shouldn’t charge for their full RSS feeds. Is $2 a month fair for the massive, time-creation-consuming content provided on TechCrunch or Engadget? I think so. The issue of course is that as long as someone offers it free, everyone must. Think about the time and effort that goes into creating the content on a blog – same as a newspaper which you pay for and I would venture a guess that it’s more than a book which you pay many $$ for. Does a craftsman give away his woodworks for free? I think not.
Devices are becoming more and more multi-use, yet this feels like a step backward. And if it wasn’t created by Amazon, would anyone care?
This device might work for the very affluent crowd but it doesn’t have mainstream appeal. Compare it to the iPhone which everyone in every demographic wants. It could have been sexier.