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Old 11-18-2007, 11:43 PM   #16
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It's SO ugly, it actually makes me fear for the future of e-books.

When the iPod launched it was hot because it was so well designed, inside and out. It blew EVERYTHING away... and look it still does.

This thing is about as stylish as a brick. Looks about as portable as a brick too. I really don't see people jumping up and down and screaming "WOW! I WANT THAT!" any time soon. Look at the lukewarm response it's getting from die-hard e-ink fans here!

And I really see the whole publishing industry looking on, while nobody buys this contraption. The Kindle tanks, Amazon sells no e-books, e-books are declared a failure.

Yeah that's pessimistic, but man that design scares me, and I LOVE e-books.

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Old 11-19-2007, 12:42 AM   #17
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From Newsweek:
"Amazon prices Kindle editions of New York Times best sellers and new releases in hardback at $9.99."
That's got to help the future of ebooks.
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Old 11-19-2007, 01:12 AM   #18
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I don't care what colour it comes in, it will never be pretty. Invisible paint would help I suppose.
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Old 11-19-2007, 01:42 AM   #19
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Since no one is saying it (in this thread ) I will say it: This is ugly, very ugly!

Agreed. does it come with a Toaster?
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Old 11-19-2007, 02:49 AM   #20
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Amazon owns mobipocket right?

Question is why doesn't the kindle use mobipocket. Amazon owns the company, doesn't it? Hopefully it will use mobipocket and then by transference we can get mobipocket magazines on other devices.
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Old 11-19-2007, 02:53 AM   #21
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Question is why doesn't the kindle use mobipocket. Amazon owns the company, doesn't it? Hopefully it will use mobipocket and then by transference we can get mobipocket magazines on other devices.
Adam, the Kindle uses the Mobipocket format.

What's unclear, at this point, is if other devices supporting Mobipocket can use Kindle books as well.
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Old 11-19-2007, 04:21 AM   #22
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I'm new, but I'll take that bet! I'm guessing that Amazon will let you buy a Kindle in any colour you like, as long as it's white.

Maybe a while after launch, when people have complained long enough, they might relent and break out with off-white or, for the thrill seeker, gasp, black.
May I ask for a brown version? Only then I will admit, that the kindle is ugly. Since noone said it (in this thread): I still like it.
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Old 11-19-2007, 06:14 AM   #23
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It doesn't look very comfortable to hold; almost like they think it will lie on the desk most of the time its being used.
I'd have made the keyboard detachable - if you're just settling down to read a novel, you probably wouldn't need it, and it'll get in the way.
Also, if the keyboard was a seperate unit, it could be more ergonomically designed than the one on the unit (altho wear and tear could be an issue).
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Old 11-19-2007, 07:02 AM   #24
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Bezos is my hero by selling new release e books at $9.99 even though the publishers don't agree. At least not Penguin reading the article. If he can force them to see the light by even selling current releases at loss that is a good thing. It's fine for the publishers to hide in their back rooms and justify it to each other why they can't sell them cheaper but if I was Bezos I wouldn't want to stand in front of the media and try to explain why the electronic editions cost the same as a hard cover physical book. The Kindle is looking better all the time.

I had to laugh when I saw the quote from the Penguin CEO that the digitization process is a real choke point and how new releases go through it all the time. Of course if you first print the book and then put it through a digitization process it will become a choke point.
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Adam, the Kindle uses the Mobipocket format.
Do you have a quote? I didn't see any confirmation of that. And "Kindle Edition" does suggest a different format.
By the way, Microsoft did something similar, abandoning PlaysForSure in Zune and using new DRM.
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Do you have a quote? I didn't see any confirmation of that. And "Kindle Edition" does suggest a different format.
By the way, Microsoft did something similar, abandoning PlaysForSure in Zune and using new DRM.
Hmm you're of course right. For some reason Mobipocket is drilled into my head whenever I hear Amazon. But of course it's possible that "Kindle Edition" is something completely different!
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