So people are saying that the iPhone Kindle app, which more or less provides the same ebook reading functionality on Apple’s smartphone, will kill the Kindle. Makes sense actually. After all, why spend $360 on a gadget that can only do one thing, when you can spend roughly the same for a smartphone that multi-tasks? This argument appeals especially to die-hard fans of the Apple “experience”.
At the same time however, I can tell you that reading text on a backlit display strains the eyes. The e-ink of Amazon’s Kindle, on the other hand, is easy on the optics. That’s still why a lot of us still prefer reading printed words on dead trees, even if literally all books ever written are available through the web browser; no tiring light shines from them.
Future Kindles will definitely display color, free from the limits of grays. And you can bet that development will make Amazon’s reader more attractive; who wouldn’t artificially generated color pages that are easy to read? Amazon has the luxury of concentrating on ebook research, unlike supposed future competitors like Apple who are taking a more broad research towards R&D. What do you think?
One benefit of e-ink is the fact that shining a light on it is enough to make low-light reading possible. That’s a reality exploited by the Periscope Lighted Folio for Kindle 2, which is basically a folio (well, duh!) with space for a notepad, pens, a swiveling twin LED light, and of course, a Kindle 2. That’s all for $50.
The Periscope Lighted Folio also has space for 3 “AA” batteries, which—as claimed by maker Periscope—can power the LED light for 40 hours or more. Periscope also made sure to highlight its Folio’s magnetic lock feature, which allows the user to keep the folio folded onto itself, compacting the whole she-bang “to faciliate one-handed use”. Surely you can spend $50 more, after you’ve spent $360 on the Kindle 2 itself!
You can visit periscopelight.com for more info on where to buy.
(Image courtesy of Periscope)
I bet a common objection to the Kindle 2 (or any e-book reader for that matter) is the classy feel. Something about a well-bound book seems more traditional, weighty, and significant. Maybe that’s why these leather Kindle 2 covers (available from Amazon of course) could make up for the reader’s plastic-based existence. From vendors like Cole Haan, M-edge, and Amazon itself, here’s a sample listing:
- Amazon Kindle 2 Leather Cover
- Cole Haan Hand-Stained Smooth Leather Cover for Kindle 2,Dark Brown
- M-edge Executive Jacket for Kindle 2 (Genuine Leather–Smooth Mocha Brown)
- Cole Haan Hand-Stained Pebble Grain Leather Cover for Kindle 2,Saddle Tan (pictured)
M-edge Executive Jacket for Kindle 2 (Genuine Leather–Pebble Saddle Brown)
Looks like the Kindle 2’s ability to read out spoken text is causing concern for the copyright holders of—what else?—books:
Some publishers and agents expressed concern over a new, experimental feature that reads text aloud with a computer-generated voice.
“They don’t have the right to read a book out loud,” said Paul Aiken, executive director of the Authors Guild. “That’s an audio right, which is derivative under copyright law.”
The reply of Amazon available to those who continue. Read more
According to an email received from Amazon, the latest version of the eBook reader is now available for pre-order at amazon.com (duh). Turns out the launch day sale won’t be a reality, since the price is still a hefty $360. Unless Amazon wants to screw anyone who pre-orders of course.
So what justifies the price for Bezo’s boys? Continue reading to see the marketing peeps’ point-by-point breakdown. Read more
Now that the rumored price is out of the way—as well as the rumor that the February 24, 2009 release will kickoff with a launch sale, continue reading to see an entire gallery of apparently intentionally-leaked marketing pics. Read more