As an ePublisher, I’ve been asked my opinion (most recently in an interview for the AP earlier this week – not sure when it’s coming out) about the future of the format, and things like the new Amazon Kindle reader.
I’m not impressed. $400 bucks for black-and-white, and no PDF support? No thanks. I mean, sure, Amazon has got the push behind it, but I don’t see a lot of early-adopters. Not at that price, and not with those features.
I’ve decided, however, that I need one of these:
That’s an Arcos 605 wi-fi Portable Media Player. With one of those, I can read PDF documents….but I can also watch video, listen to mp3s, surf the web, and more…..on a full-color hi-def screen. It comes with up to 160 GB of storage, and is priced roughly compatably with an iPod.
The Kindle? Not so much.