Kindle Becomes Kindling
Having seen the iPad it becomes pretty obvious where you can stick the Kindle. It’s dead, gone, flushed away.
Except that the iPad is really big to carry around, and as I already travel with a dedicated high-gig iPod, an iPhone and a MacBook Air, plus all the requisite charging cables, I’m going to end up like a pack donkey – and that’s before adding real books to the mix.
And as a browser, there’s a big problem. It can’t play Flash sites, which will rule out most creative sites (this site runs Flash). And it has no camera, so no Skyping.
Still, it’s a genuine alternative to real books. Now, more than ever, publishers need to respond fast to this challenge to real books. (ha, that’ll happen!)
What they could do is;
Reduce the format window by releasing hardbacks and paperbacks simultaneously.
Reduce paperbacks to a more portable size and shape.
Get rid of that damned dumb airport edition size.
Raise up the quality of design and improve paper quality to make books desirable and attractive gifts again.