David Pogue, the technology reviewer for the New York Times, thinks that the Kindle might catch on once the design is sleeker and the price is lower. The negatives are the
- Huge previous/next buttons are so big that they are easy to hit by mistake
- The web browser
- The easy downloading of books
- Automatic back up on amazon.com
- Titles are half off
- E ink technology
I am always amazed at how these big time print media can get things wrong. Pogue identifies the Sony Reader at a price point of $350 when it is $300. The prices of hardcover books are half off or more than half off, but not the prices of trades or paperbacks. Some of the positives such as the large digital library and the eink technology are not exclusive to the Kindle.
What Pogue does get right is that the Kindle delivers on the concept behind digital entertainment: immediate gratification.