Thursday, May 27, 2010

Kindle color screen? Not any time soon

Apple iPad MB292LL/A Tablet (16GB, Wifi) Kindle Wireless Reading Device (6" Display, Global Wireless, Latest Generation) 
Amazon's CEO Jeff Bezos quashed any rumors and hopes for a color screen coming to Kindle any time soon, saying that Amazon are focusing on keeping the device as a dedicated e-reader for serious readers.

I think speculators may be surprised, and were expecting Amazon to fight back against iPad with more features and functionality. iPad looks beautiful. It has a stack of features and you can get a Kindle app to read your Kindle ebooks. But many of us have stuck to our guns - loving Kindle's paper-like e-ink screen and dedicated ebook support.

A few weeks ago, I said the same thing as I say now: I love my Kindle for specific reasons. 3G technology (for free), readability in the sun and no touch screen. I paid for something I wanted, got it and love it. I don't want it to become much more than it is, beyond the upcoming 2.5 of course!

Version 2.5 reflects what most of us have been asking for:
 - collections for organiztion
 - zoom in for pdfs
 - password protection
 - more fonts and better clarity

.... all of which are about improving our e-libraries and making reading easier and more enjoyable.

Do I need a color screen to read a novel? Nope. It wouldn't change anything.
Do I need a touch screen that will get sticky and dirty? Nope.
Do I need wi-fi? Nope. I have my laptop for more serious web surfing. I certainly couldn't type on a flat screen and read on it at the same time, so I wouldn't use an iPad for blogging or posting in forums.  

Around the blogosphere, dualers (those who own iPads and Kindles) are reporting that they still go back to their Kindles for longer reading sessions, bedtime reading or reading in the sun. The Kindle weighs less, is easier on the eyes and is the only one of the two that can be read in sunlight.

That's fine! There's nothing wrong with having two devices!  I am very happy that Jeff Bezos decided not to jump into the frenzy and try to compete with Apple by piling on the bells and whistles. He's given us something we love and he's not taking it away.

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