Earlier this week I started playing around with my data shared by the Pocket (a save-to-read-it-later app) team. It showed how many articles I saved every week and how many I read every week. It was a nice thought experiment and the conclusion was that I was reading a third of what I was saving. … Continue reading 2008-2013: A look at my 5 year book buying patterns
A friend of mine shared this photos from the April 1935 issue of Science & Mechanics magazine. This e-reader was imagined 10 years after the microfilm was developed. It is amazing how far we have come since then. Continue reading Kindle, as imagined in 1935
I am a big fan of Amazon’s Kindle devices, especially the really cheap $79 version which comes with a WiFi connection. I have been carrying this along with me as I travel across the planet. I have become increasingly frustrated with the device because I am unable to connect to the Internet.
Most airport lounges and public locations want you to sign-in through a browser page. On Kindle’s browser, that is like cleaning your nails with a butcher’s knife. I have tried and tried and failed. It is frustrating to say the least.
And that is the crucial difference between them and Apple. Apple as a company anticipates these problems because it makes hardware to delight its customers. That is what they do – apps, music, videos and books come second. Amazon on the other hand is making hardware to sell other products – books and digital content – and as such optimizes its experience around selling. That is their corporate DNA. doesn’t know how to anticipate such irritants. I hope Jeff Bezos and his troops think harder about these little things as they continue to roll out more hardware.
via UBS Research Continue reading A Simple Comparison of New Kindles