Will New Amazon Kindle Features Enhance its Appeal?

By August 28, 2008 Drop a comment

With the Kindle 2.0 on the way, perhaps it is time to pay more attention to Amazon's e-book reader. With a redesign and a new model for college students, there is a possibility that predictions of the "iPod for readers" might deliver. However, it seems that some of the original version's features may remain the most interesting in the new Kindle. The sales count is given to conjecture, so numbers prediction lends itself to amusing guesswork. For more concrete information, examine the 2.0 developments. Users have complained about interface issues, so the new version is supposed to fix finicky navigation and pare down size and weight. The college model will have a larger screen, redesigned for class coursework that usually comes photocopied and bound together at local copy shops, rather than for actual textbooks. The numbers are vague, the market is vague, but the product is covet-worthy.

The most useful aspects of the Kindle is its electronic paper interface and wireless capabilities. With regular, back-lit monitors, the eyes become fatigued. Reading a 300-page novel would be possible, but extremely unpleasant, whereas the Kindle's screen is visible in bright sunlight, and is extended-reading friendly.

As for internet capability, the Kindle has Amazon's Whispernet incorporated into its wireless system . As Whispernet is an EV-DO system powered by Sprint, the Kindle can access the library of e-books available wherever a cell phone would have service. While the connection and included Wikipedia access are free, subscription to blogs are a paid service. Despite this caveat, the user experience seems to be greatly liberated by this aspect of the Kindle. Consumers are accustomed to a huge amount of data packaged in a small, light product, as with Apple's iPod, but the Kindle does not need a personal computer to download and format the data. Portable quantity is not new, but the hyperbolic ease of being anywhere, as well as being able to shop, buy and read a new book in a minute is astonishing.

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