I love gadgets! I love technology. From my laptop to my iPhone, I’m always on the lookout for something new, flashy and fun to use and play with. But looking over Amazon’s new Kindle, what comes to mind is, “you must be kidding!” Is it me, or is this one of the dumbest new products to hit the market?
There are several things that annoy me about the Kindle:
1. The name: Kindle. Say it three times … out loud. Go ahead, I dare you. Even saying it once, it sounds more like a child’s toy than that of a new, hip electronic gadget. As names go, it’s definitely on par with the Microsoft Zune and we all know how that has turned out don’t we (I’ve never met, or even seen anyone that has a Zune).
2. Why would I buy a book without the book? When it comes to pleasures, such as reading, there is nothing more sacred and organic than a real book; printed words on paper. The touch, feel and smell of books cannot be replicated. Don’t get me wrong, I do read articles and magazines online. Online reading has its place, but I can use a laptop, or phone for online reading, both of which have rich service offerings and are much more than electronic books. I can’t share it with friends, loan it out like I do my books, or better yet, recycle it in the used book section of my local bookstore.
3. The content you download for the Kindle is DRMed (protected by Digital Rights Management). If I buy a book today, will I be able to read it 5 years from now? Technology changes quickly, and the technology of today will be changed, or history, in 5 years. Amazon isn’t exactly a technology company. Since the Kindle doesn’t even support PDF file formats, one of the most widely used formats, paint me suspicious.
4. It costs $400.00, and that’s expensive. Almost as expensive as a lower end computer and too expensive for a reading tool (and that’s pretty much all it is folks, a reading tool). I can buy an iPhone for the same price and an iPhone provides me multiple uses, including reading capabilities.
5. The price of the books, on average, is $9.99, which is reasonable, but not when you consider I can buy both new used books for around $7.00. At the rate in which I read, I’d be able to drop a hundred bucks in no time flat and still end up scrounging my bookshelves for more reading material.
6. It’s not aesthetically pleasing. It looks clunky. It’s too big to fit in a pocket, or a purse, unless your purse is the size of Texas. Again, compare the Kindle to an iPhone, in which the iPhone fits perfectly in my hands and DOES fit in my purse. As an extra ding, the Kindle is white, which means it will be dirty in a week (check your keyboards and home phones if you don’t believe me) and who wants to carry around a dirty kindle? Wouldn’t black have been more savvy for a tech gadget? Again, I revert back to my opinion that this is reminiscent of a child’s toy.
I’ve been an Amazon supporter since they first opened up their URL for business. As much as I like and support Amazon, I have to wonder just what “team Kindle” was thinking when they rolled out this dud of a product. Revolutionary? I don’t think so. On my list of must have Christmas gifts? Definitely not. You’ll never see me own anything with a name like Kindle.