Missing features: RSS aggregator, Other formats, data plan for external content
Though I would hope Amazon would consider adding these features in a future automatic firmware update:
- There should be an open RSS aggregator, one that updates feeds when the user is active or that can automatically pull feeds every once in a while and certain feeds can be set to make the device beep or display an alert when there is a new item.
- One should be able to drag and drop PDF, DOC, TXT, HTML or any other such formats onto it using the USB cable, or download from other services on the Internet and it should work directly. It could offer the Amazon Kindle conversion for a fee like it does through the Kindle email, but it should be able to upload the text file from the device, store it in the cloud and pull it back on demand.
- Google Blog Search, Google News (Amazon could auto-reformat web news pages to display with ebook optimized adds in cooperation with the websites that are linked to from Google News, thus there should be an ebook optimized Google News interface), Google Reader type of RSS aggregator, Gmail and other Google apps should work on this.
- The full web browser and Wikipedia could be part of such a full Internet data plan, one where Amazon could charge money per MB or per GB packages that one wishes to use to download data over the wireless connection that isn't content that Amazon can earn money on directly. So for example I wouldn't mind paying 1 or a few dollars per GB over this full Internet access data plan. Thus alternative online book stores, audible.com, Google Booksearch should be accessible this way over the wireless connection and Amazon can charge reasonably priced data fees for that.
- Audiobook to ebook synchronization service, line could be highlighted on demand or maybe even the sentence or the word could be highlighted while the audiobook is playing. And a function to continue reading the book in audio mode and then resuming to reading the text and turning off the audio. Adding the audiobook version to an ebook shouldn't be very expensive, I'd think around $2 should be a reasonable price to get the additional audiobook downloaded and synched up.
- One should be somehow able to get ones personal book collection digitized. Although there are rights restrictions to this currently, and one cannot provide bills for all ones book collection. Possibly there should be a service where one would send in the used books to Amazon, who then adds the titles to ones Kindle account manually and Amazon can then recycle those used paperback books on their website. That is until regulation changes in this area so that one will in the future have unlimited access to old books for a flat culture licence fee.
- An external USB keyboard is better to type long texts on this then the thumb keyboard. So unless the hardware does not make it possible, I think there should be somekind of way to put the device on the table with a kickstand or using a kickstand with the leathercase, and then unfold a full sized keyboard to enter text rapidly.
Last edited by Charbax; 11-19-2007 at 09:00 PM.