12 thoughts on “Kindle: People Know About It, People Want It”

  1. We have one in our office. I prefer reading a paper book, but would probably use it more if it didn’t require giving your credit card number for the FREE books. Also, we probably would have been more keen on it if it had come with a few more books pre-loaded.

  2. I love my Kindle and use it all the time. I often will read it during the commute in the subway and bus on the way to work or in a coffee shop.

    What’s been interesting to me is the number of people that come up to me and say “Is that a Kindle?”. They all just want to touch it and see if it’s for real or not.

    Of the people that I see with a Kindle, I’d say that 70% are over the age of 50. I think the ability to turn up the text size is a big sell for a certain population.

    I agree that if they drop the price to $199 that they’ll pick up a bunch more people. The price point is the barrier for a lot of folks that I talk to.

    1. I’ve had the same experience where people come up to me asking if they can hold my kindle to feel its weight, and check out the clarity of the text. I waited to purchase one myself until I had held one that a friend had purchased. I think sales would take off if Amazon partnered with a few retail outlets where people could touch the device, even if they have to purchase online. Maybe kiosks at malls?

  3. This is a pretty small thing but in some cases an ebook would probably be a better form factor.

    I do not have a Kindle, but I was just thinking how it might be more comfortable and convenient reading in bed than a paper book. I was reading a large book last night and because of the size and need to keep the book from slipping closed there seemed to be few comfortable positions.

  4. I want a kindle, I like the idea that I can have my whole library in a small device rather than stacks of books. Because of it’s ability to down load without a computer I think it is a better buy than the sony but, I wish Amazon would drop the price either 50.00 or give the purchaser a fifty dollar Amazon gift card to use on books or kindle supplies.

  5. i will buy a kindle (or comparable) when i can while reading through 1000 books at command + on-demand, I can highlight and search a term across the web, google scholar, books, and then click to buy pdf docs, books, or media. just for books seems so limiting without an active ‘search + Connect’ feature to rest of content.

  6. The cost probably does impact the sales (for those as unfamiliar with the nuances of this product as with the true health care solutions being provided) but that is if you only look at it as a replacement for a book ; it includes lifetime wireless service. Sprint has to get a portion of the cost, there were development costs, there have been 2 versions of the product. If the issue is price, then remove the cellular connection and provide a “LITE” version that you must upload with the provided USB connection.

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