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New York Times’ David Pogue Likes the Kindle

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

  • Design
  • Huge previous/next buttons are so big that they are easy to hit by mistake

The positives:

  • The web browser
  • The easy downloading of books
  • Automatic back up on
  • 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.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

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