She really, really wants a Kindle. And she reads a lot. A LOT! So it wouldn't be a waste of money in that regard.
But here's the thing. I'd buy her one, but I'm pretty convinced that the technology on the latest Kindle is gonna be obsolete sooner rather than later. I'm not even convinced that it is the best e-reader on the market right now. Sony has one. Barnes & Noble's is releasing one with color next week. And Fujitsu just released a beta-version of their tablet which is retailing in Japan for around a grand. And all of those have limited or full touch-screen capabilities. Something the Kindle doesn't have.
Then there is the 700-pound gorilla in the room. Steve Jobs. He has hinted at an Apple tablet which could be an e-reader in the past. And he has deflected. Saying that Americans don't read books anymore so it would be a waste of time. A technique he is famous for while working on exactly that kind of technology.
Here is what I want in an e-reader, were I to want an e-reader (I don't):
- A screen around the size of a paperback.
- I want the frame to be not much bigger than the screen, so...
- Touch-screen capabilities would be a must.
- Wi-fi access with a simple web-browser.
- No eye-glare, so I could use it in the sunlight.
- A back-light (or side-light) option so I could read it at night without a lamp.
- The ability to make notes and bookmark pages.
- Maybe the ability to send content to another e-reader if I want.
So what to do? Buy the current Kindle and hope it has more than 6 months of usefulness before something better (way better) comes out? How about those other e-readers currently on the market? Do those offer a viable alternative? Or should we just wait for the Apple "Kindle Killer" e-reader sometime in the near or not-so-near future?
I'm asking you people because you are much more tech-savvy than I. Or at least that's how you come across on your blogs. You wouldn't be lying to me now, would you? Fuckers!
Note: Remember to play the Bug-Eyed Trivia Challenge every day. Me? I like books. Real fucking books.