You mention the weak product photos… when we look at Apple’s photo galleries we want to rush out to the nearest Apple store!
Jonathan Ive must be thinking “oh man… why didn’t they called us?!”… nike+Apple comes to mind.
I think kindle could be more likable… I understand that they didn’t want to make it a super-sexy product but… we need to fall in love with this product if they want it to be a success.
I like type. I hope they can respect the type choices that the Designers make when designing a book.
Commenting on this post subject, I really hope that book covers don’t become oblivious… kindle must provide the solutions for a perfect appreciation of those important book feature (cover/layout/type)… a color screen is the next step.
I don’t think this product aims to substitute books as we know them – the tactile experience, the height, the paper texture… that will never completely disappear.
It’s a practical product and hopefully a catalyst for (new) reading habits.
Tks for this blog Michael!
Some of the later PDA’s had screen resolution and true type fonts that greatly improved the readability of the content.
Given that your purchasing gateway was still through the publisher’s website, they could still give you the full-on marketing push insomuch as they offered it (this particular publisher is somewhat horrendous at providing cover-art).
Other companies have tried to go down the dedicated eBook path, with mixed results, the Rocket eBook springs to mind, and it’s successor the RCA version. Like PDA’s, both more or less mandated that you purchased your content via computer.
It will be interesting to see if the Kindle gets much traction; while it is great to see the removal of the personal computer as a requirement, some major issues remain, including but not limited to:
1) Content cost; Amazon and major publishing houses have high-costs on electronic content.
2) Security; electronic publishers that put stringent DMA models do not tend to engender good-will in their user-base.
3) Tactility: reading, especially for bibliophiles is usually a tactile experience, where the content is supplemented by the look and feel of the book.
When you add in some stats on the decline of the reading population, it may either a saving grace, or a last (or next) gasp.