The Kindle has been released for the Holiday shopping season and from the press coverage so far, it looks like it’ll be a hit. But will it be a one-hit wonder?
I haven’t tried, held or actually seen one yet, other than pictures, but it looks a little odd: white and angular… it reminds me of a label maker. Remember those. You needed one so you could label stuff. I always hate when I grab my “TEA CUP” instead of my “COFFEE CUP.” Luckily I have a label maker, of course I ran out of labels and now it just sits int he junk drawer with power adapters, a jar opener, some Krazy Glue that has been petrified for many years now, and lot’s of assorted batteries, most of which I am sure are dead. Is this the future of the Kindle, to go to the junk drawer, the Walkman graveyard?
It’s fairly expensive at $399.00, but it does hold a lot of stuff: books, blogs, newspapers, access to Wikipedia… wireless broadband connection to allow it to actively download. It’s beginning to sound like my laptop.
Too Much Stuff
I have a pulled muscle in my back, and I think it is because I carry way too much stuff on my person. I have a Dell laptop with mouse, power converter, broadband card and flash drive. I have an Ipod, and several CD’s and DVD’s just in case I am sick of listening to what is on the ipod, or want to watch a movie. I also have a Treo, so I can get phone calls, check email and browse the web, if I don’t want to break out the laptop. And, finally I usually have a writing book, for thoughts doodles, and ideas or a yellow legal pad. Sometimes I carry a book as well.
I think that if I dropped the $399.00 for the Kindle I would have to carry it out of guilt, and have to download books, or what would be the point, and that would just be one more think I “Need” to carry around. Not that it’s heavy, they say it’s 10 ounces, but still my brief case or carrying bag is bursting as it is. I tried one of those roller bags, with handle, basically luggage, and looked like a total dork who should be at the airport, but isn’t.
I think I’ll stick with the paper back. If I drop it it doesn’t break, if I leave it somewhere, well good for the finder, I hope they enjoy the book, and it never runs out of batteries. I would bet that Santa drops a whole bunch of Kindles down the chimneys this year, but I have a feeling that next year you’ll be pushing the Kindle aside in the junk drawer looking for some batteries that aren’t dead.