Kindle Links + News – end January

Here’s a collection of Kindle related items that aren’t easily categorized -

  1. Kindle making some inroads – A ChangeWave consumer spending and confidence survey of 2,738 people showed that 2% of people surveyed (that’s a grand total of 54 people) owned the Kindle, and 58% of owners were ‘very satisfied’. I would’ve thought a larger percentage of people would be very satisfied.  
  2. IDEO + Bugbase are working together on ideas and one of these involves eInk. They have two separate posts – one on a tactile touchscreen using eInk, and the other on a system menu using eInk. The blog is only going to be up for another week or so. Here’s a visualization of the touchscreen eInk display.  eInkMenuIDEO
  3. "Irretrievably Broken" a novel by Irma Fritz, was chosen as one of Cold Coffee Magazine’s Top 20 novels. What makes it interesting is that it was first published for the Kindle, and only later released as a paperback. The Kindle Price is roughly 1/4th of the paperback. 
  4. There’s a new newspaper available for the Kindle – The Oklahoman. And it already has someone panning it on a very subjective basis.
  5. Finally someone who doesn’t think ebook readers on the iPhone are going to create world peace and eradicate poverty - 
    But as much as I love my iPhone and dislike the current Kindle, I’m not sure Apple’s gadget will take hold as a serious platform for e-books. The main problem, as I see it, is that the iPhone screen is too small to hold much text, meaning readers have to turn a page every few seconds.

  6. And to round things up a new eReader from Txtr with a design that proves that there definitely is such a thing as too much minimalism. Also, the domain txtr is owned by the same company that owns joker.com. On their website they poke fun of TechCrunch poking fun at them.

I’m increasingly noticing international articles about the Kindle in various languages. There are also a lot of non-English blogs beginning to link to this blog. Seems the Kindle is becoming well known worldwide.

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