Originally Posted by boswd
exactly, it's feeding the sheep. This is what we referred to it in Markeing Class back in college.
The Kindle is no more easier to use than the Sony, Kobo, Nook etc. But what they have done and what others have done very little of is adverstise and market their product. I'm not holding that agains Amazon, there are doing exactly what they should do and BN and Sony should take note
But let's get a healthy dose of reality here, I'm willing to wager that 80% of the people who bought the Kindle, (that does not mean this counts the people who are daily users of this site) bought the Kindle because they feel it's the only out there and have heard of it. And then comes along press releases like the ones stated above that only feeds this mentality.
I know it makes you feel "special" that you don't own a Kindle, but pretending that the Kindle doesn't offer very real advantages for many users just shows how defensive *you* are about your own e-reader purchase. If you were really confident that your nook was all that, you wouldn't be *constantly* attacking Kindle users for being "sheep" or "kindlebots." You would be talking about whatever advantages you thought your Nook might have.
You are not better, or smarter, or 3l337 because you own a "Nook."
Kudos to Amazon's marketing and advertising department. But iPods sell like candy but audio quality? they don't match up with the Sansa's, the Sony's and the Zunes, they just don't.
Popular does not mean best, just lazy researching and sheep mentality.
No, popular *doesn't* mean bad. It simply means popular. And for many people, the Kindle does offer very real advantages over other readers. Advantages that may not be important to you, but are important to other people.
Such as the fact that you don't need a computer to buy a book, that you can buy from Amazon, and that you don't need to sideload (but you can).
Nook and Kobo don't have Pearl; Sony doesn't have wireless unless you pay $300 (and even then the buying experience isn't as good as the Kindle's); NookColor is LCD.
Of course you may not care about buying from Amazon, you might not care about paying $300 (especially for a touchscreen), you might like having a tablet, or library books may be more important to you than Pearl. That's perfectly reasonable, and I don't object to anyone who has those priorities.
But many people prefer the priorities offered by the Kindle, and they are not "wrong" to do so, even if a lot of people seem to like those priorities.
And the thing is, you are *not* just buying an e-reader. You are buying an e-reader *and* an e-reader infrastructure. And many people prefer the Kindle+Amazon infrastructure because the integration is tight, there plenty of books...and, yeah, Amazon is looking more and more like VHS to other reader's Beta.