View Full Version : Amazon Kindle - really ugly name


JSWolf
09-08-2007, 06:42 AM
The Amazon Kindle is really poorly named. It just sounds not nice.

Andanzas
09-08-2007, 07:25 AM
Is that the name for sure? When did Amazon reveal it?

JSWolf
09-08-2007, 07:56 AM
There is a NYTimes article about the Kindle (ghastly name).

Nate the great
09-08-2007, 08:07 AM
And do you really trust the NYTimes? Honestly, I don't

JSWolf
09-08-2007, 08:17 AM
And do you really trust the NYTimes? Honestly, I don't
In this case, as far as the name of the device goes, YES. But there is nothing to stop Amazon from changing the name between now and release.

THJahar
09-08-2007, 08:22 AM
Hmm I dunno ...I kinda like the name kindle.
It's going to start a fire of unstoppable e-books that can't be put out :-)

NatCh
09-10-2007, 10:34 AM
In this case, as far as the name of the device goes, YES. But there is nothing to stop Amazon from changing the name between now and release.Heh, they probably got it from us, and we don't know that that will really be the name. :laugh4:

JSWolf
09-10-2007, 10:39 AM
They really could have come up with a better name. But since most people know it by that name, I bet that's going to be the name.

Liviu_5
09-10-2007, 12:18 PM
Actually I like the name; kindle a fire and let e-books take off :)

Anyway more imaginative than Sony Reader or Nokia 770 or Ebookwise or Cybook;

Though gotta hand it, Iliad is still the best name as of now :)

NatCh
09-10-2007, 12:21 PM
I kind of like "kindle" as well, it's an old word that most folks have lost awareness of, so it's neat that way. But, yeah, iLiad is the current best one, with Cybook being runner up in my opinion. :nice:

Bob Russell
09-10-2007, 01:43 PM
I like Kindle also, and hope they keep it. Makes me think of kindling the e-book fire as others have mentioned. Besides, it's what I'm used to now!

yvanleterrible
09-10-2007, 05:41 PM
I like Kindle for the idea of ebooks setting fire through paper book mentality. Its got a German ring to it like 'kinder', young ones, the newness of ebooks.

jasonkchapman
09-10-2007, 08:20 PM
I rather like the idea that books "kindle" the fires of the imagination, but I'm a confessed Romantic.

RWood
09-10-2007, 09:24 PM
Kindle - Knuddel

:knuddel:

It does have a good ring to it.

TadW
09-11-2007, 04:57 AM
I rather like the idea that books "kindle" the fires of the imagination, but I'm a confessed Romantic.

Kindle sounds like fire sounds like Fahrenheit 451 - and that sounds so much not like reading books :tired:

Arek_W
09-11-2007, 05:45 AM
well, the looks of it are not very exciting; name, as not-native-English speaker like the Knuddel better :)

jasonkchapman
09-11-2007, 05:53 AM
Kindle sounds like fire sounds like Fahrenheit 451 - and that sounds so much not like reading books :tired:
What else are you going to do with all those paper books once the e-book takes over, eh? Use them for kindling.

NatCh
09-11-2007, 12:31 PM
I decided to add a poll on the matter, to get a quantified view -- hope you don't mind, JSWolf! :nice:

frozenpeas43
09-27-2007, 12:43 PM
If you've seen that picture of the Kindle then you'll know that the name is the least of the worries, aesthetically speaking.

CommanderROR
10-04-2007, 09:46 AM
I think the name is a good idea, but not a good name... ;)
It might "Kindle" the love for ebooks or something...I'm sure we'll see lots of slogans building on that name somehow...

yvanleterrible
10-04-2007, 09:54 AM
In retrospec 'Kindle' feels like a codename. If I were an Amazon planner I'd change it out of spite for its unwanted premature unveiling.

CommanderROR
10-04-2007, 10:24 AM
well, we all saw the "Kindle Edition" books on amazon.com:smash:

HarryT
10-04-2007, 10:27 AM
I rather like the name. Has the implication of "firing" enthusiasm for eBooks.

nekokami
10-04-2007, 12:00 PM
I don't really have an opinion about the name. I'm more interested in the fact that Amazon is promoting ebooks. "A rose by any other name..." and all that. :D

Ditchleyportrait
07-28-2011, 01:50 AM
as recognizable as "ipod" now. probably more so.

carld
07-28-2011, 02:49 AM
It's a bit late to respond to a 4-year-old thread.

grizedale
07-28-2011, 05:50 AM
It's a bit late to respond to a 4-year-old thread.

I disagree, I found it very interesting to see what folks once thought to the way it actually turned out...

Nyssa
07-28-2011, 04:36 PM
I had no idea this thread was here, until now.

I rather like the name. Has the implication of "firing" enthusiasm for eBooks.

as recognizable as "ipod" now. probably more so.

I disagree, I found it very interesting to see what folks once thought to the way it actually turned out...


Very true on all counts!

I like the name - not love it, but like it. Its warm, friendly and cozy, like a good book. I can't see it being called anything else.

ucfgrad93
07-28-2011, 06:03 PM
I like it.

HomeInMyShoes
07-28-2011, 06:16 PM
It's better named than Kobo.

TenaciousBadger
07-29-2011, 07:26 AM
And since the thread has been revived, I'm going to be mean :o and say it sounds better than a confusing PRS-XXX avalanche (650, 750, 500.34?).
I also admit to liking the name of the "nook".

Nyssa
07-29-2011, 10:55 AM
And since the thread has been revived, I'm going to be mean :o and say it sounds better than a confusing PRS-XXX avalanche (650, 750, 500.34?).
I also admit to liking the name of the "nook".

"Nook" is cute but a bit empty..it seems to need a little more to it, a little something to make it sound more inviting. "Reading Nook " is too obvious, though.

JSWolf
07-29-2011, 10:59 AM
And since the thread has been revived, I'm going to be mean :o and say it sounds better than a confusing PRS-XXX avalanche (650, 750, 500.34?).
I also admit to liking the name of the "nook".

How is saying I have a 650 more confusing then you saying I have a Kindle. When I say I have a 650, it's a known model. You know which Sony I have. If you say I have a Kindle, I have no idea which Kindle you mean. So unless you say I have a Kindle 3, or Kindle DXG, I have no idea which Kindle you have.

So the name Kindle without any version qualifier is confusing. 650, 350, 950, etc. are all specific to the model Reader they are.

Quake1028
07-29-2011, 12:33 PM
The Sony Defense Force has arrived ;).