Well the Kindle 2 came out today so I preordered it.
This morning two people IM’d me about it so I decided to give the first my Amazon referral bucks. I give Amazon bucks semi-randomly to various friends and he asked me how I do it.
I use a “Buy from Amazon” bookmarklet I wrote to make life easier.
You can drag that into your toolbar if you like. One nice thing is to remove the second prompt and just replace the href with the tag to yourself. I keep it this way so that I remember to put the associate ID of one of my friends since I put them on rotation.
What I dislike about K2
Well now that my big beef is gone, let me say that I dislike the lack of WiFi. Granted the EVDO is free for Wikipedia (now) and for purchasing books, but I’d like things to be tethered to something where I can download free content.
At the end of the day though the only competition is coming from Sony and Apple. Yes, there is the iRex but I left school a long time ago. Just because I can afford it doesn’t mean I think other people can. Sorry!
Sony can’t make software. Full stop. The only solution to compete with Amazon’s distribution system is for there to be a tethered solution with an appstore similar to the way Apple has done it with the iPhone. Sony can’t do that.
Apple could. But Apple has made it clear that they don’t think books as a primary market is viable. This doesn’t mean Apple won’t enter this space. In fact, all evidence is pointing to something between a MacBook Air and an iPhone coming around at Christmas time this year. Give an Apple allowance for bugs and “something different” and we’ll say by the end of 2011 for sure. The problem is that this sounds more like a computer: netbook, tablet, something new, than it does a bookreader.
Jobs is right. Just because I can blow $350 on a book reader doesn’t make it a worthwhile market. Just like over three years ago when I bagged on my friend from Virgin, it’s important to keep some perspective here.