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#1  KlondikeGeoff 01-15-2008, 02:42 PM
A brief review of the Kindle in the current (Feb.) issue of PC World gives it pretty good marks. The writers states, "The device leaves some room for improvement, but it has succeeded in renewing my interest in reading ebooks."

Complete review here:

http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,139829/article.html

In another article in the same edition entitled "Today's Most Innovative Products, out of 25 the Kindle is number 5.
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#2  astra 01-16-2008, 06:15 AM
Quote KlondikeGeoff
The writers states, "The device leaves some room for improvement, but it has succeeded in renewing my interest in reading ebooks."
I completely agree with this.
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#3  JSWolf 01-25-2008, 09:04 AM
Quote KlondikeGeoff
A brief review of the Kindle in the current (Feb.) issue of PC World gives it pretty good marks. The writers states, "The device leaves some room for improvement, but it has succeeded in renewing my interest in reading ebooks."

Complete review here:

http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,139829/article.html

In another article in the same edition entitled "Today's Most Innovative Products, out of 25 the Kindle is number 5.
Kindle isn't innovative. iRex and Sony have been doing it already. Sorry, but if I had to say innovative among eink devices, I'd pick the iLiad.
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#4  Gideon 01-25-2008, 10:54 AM
Oh c'mon... The Kindle is innovative in two big ways:
1) People actually KNOW about it - Amazon has the chops to provide a decent amount of content
2) The insta-purchase option of all those books.

That alone puts it above a lot of the competition for a lot of users. Having been burnt by the ebook gadget a time or two before, I'm very aware of just how crappy a selection was available to me (and Sony certainly didn't improve it much with their new reader.)

Of course, that isn't everything (and personally, I couldn't care less - most of what I rea isn't going to be in anyone's book store)... and I'd agree the iLiad is a more impressive device all around - but there is a lot to be said for kickstarting the market and awareness, and all these devices will sell better once the Kindle becomes more popular because people will go "Oh, I want one of those! Oh... can't find it/too expensive/etc.... this sony one looks nice..."
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#5  Hadrien 01-25-2008, 10:57 AM
I believe that the Kindle is innovative too. Not because it's an e-ink device, but because of the EVDO that's available on it without any subscription.
They created a new standard for the device/service duo.
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#6  Gideon 01-25-2008, 11:35 AM
Exactly.... It's a lot like the iPhone.

My old HTC-8125 could do just about everything the iPhone could do (and more, in some instances.) However, it was a pain in the butt to use. It required work to make anything work well on it, and in general wasn't quite ready for prime time.

But then the iPhone came out and suddenly "smart phones" were something everyone could use, and eventually, what everyone will expect. They took what was available and made it both easy and fun to use and brought it to the publics attention in a big way. That counts for a lot.

A similar situation occurred with the iPod. Are there better devices out there than your average iPod? Sure. But do they have a huge store with almost all the music they want just a click away and pain free syncing.

Some of us may be pretty willing to spend hours cobbeling together files to get them onto our devices but most people just want a one-click solution. Making it a one click solution is innovative.

I got, and took back, this week a Sony505. I loved it. I still love it. But it had two big problems - I'm on a Mac, and so I had to run the software through parallels if I wanted to use any purchased content. And not only did they have crappy selection, the software was slow, buggy, and a pain to use. Also, and importantly, the device had neither a search feature nor the ability to get things like newspapers and magazines on it easily (if at all in some cases.) I mean, sure... Libprs made getting the New York Times a breeze, but I still had to download it in one program, go to another program and add it, and then sync it with the device. However, if I wanted the Atlantic or something without an full RSS feed - I was SOL.

Easy is innovative. It may be the most innovative, because it is what allows people to actually use it.
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#7  Alisa 01-25-2008, 12:56 PM
The thing that gets me is that Sony could make software to easily get your content and it seems they could also add search in firmware. It would be a little slower since it would have to use an on-screen keyboard or maybe the side buttons requiring multiple clicks per letter, but it could be done. Features like that take some developer time but it really doesn't seem like an expensive venture and a good RSS aggregator would, IMO, keep the Sony a very attractive option. "Takes a small amount of time but it's free" can compete with Amazon's "super convenient but costs a little money" option for blogs and news. That the 505 (aside from using the new screen) had so little improvement over the 500 makes me wonder if they're intending on staying invested in this market especially since we all knew Amazon was coming into play. They need to get off their butts if they want to stay competitive. Amazon just moved the bar a lot higher and they need to jump if they want to stay relevant.
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#8  Gideon 01-25-2008, 01:07 PM
I agree completely.... the problem really comes in at "why don't they?"

I mean, the in-device stuff is difficult and would take a lot of time.

But what excuse is there for the Sony Connect software? That is a remarkably shoddy piece of software to come out of a company as big as Sony. And why not set up a simple web interface to buy products if they don't want to make store versions for other OSes?

I really hated giving up my 505, but it came down to News and Search - both of which could be done, but weren't. And it's not exactly like Sony is new to this ebook thing.
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#9  kovidgoyal 01-25-2008, 01:15 PM
Quote Gideon
I got, and took back, this week a Sony505. I loved it. I still love it. But it had two big problems - I'm on a Mac, and so I had to run the software through parallels if I wanted to use any purchased content. And not only did they have crappy selection, the software was slow, buggy, and a pain to use. Also, and importantly, the device had neither a search feature nor the ability to get things like newspapers and magazines on it easily (if at all in some cases.) I mean, sure... Libprs made getting the New York Times a breeze, but I still had to download it in one program, go to another program and add it, and then sync it with the device. However, if I wanted the Atlantic or something without an full RSS feed - I was SOL.
And if you want something Amazon doesn't have a subscription for, you are SOL^2
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#10  DaleDe 01-25-2008, 01:17 PM
Quote kovidgoyal
And if you want something Amazon doesn't have a subscription for, you are SOL^2
Not really, you can use their web browser or Feedbooks or MobiPocket PC version 6.0 to generate content.
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