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eBooks, the Kindle, and smartphones

haikujaguar slipped me this link to an article about Peanut Press and the early market failure of e-books. This came up in the context of her conversion to the Kindle, which surprised her...anyway, it got me to thinking about something Cobb brought up a while back regarding the ultimate integration of phones, PDAs, watches and bling. Well, we're 75% of the way there, maybe 100% if you're one of those people who bought a Blackberry/Treo/iPhone more because it was expected of you by the social circles you move in than because you actually needed such a device.


But I digress. I'm still carrying around a couple of Katanas and a Palm TX, and it occurs to me that it might make more sense to upgrade and consolidate to a Centro. It would hold more music than the TX can accommodate in its SD chip, its software would do everything the TX does now and then some, and the interface would be easier to learn than the Katana's - which, truthfully, I don't use for anything aside from phone calls. It comes in the festive color of my tribe, and apparently Palm and Sprint are unloading them for $49 after rebates. Going to have to think about it, and look into hard cases.

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edwarddain
Feb. 13th, 2009 06:51 pm (UTC)
phoenixprime and I talk about the Kindle and eBooks a fair amount and our conclusion is that they are going to continue to struggle simply because the damn eBooks are too damn *expensive* - they're not cost effective for people who read any decent amount (and are the most likely to buy one).
wombat_socho
Feb. 13th, 2009 07:49 pm (UTC)
You're probably right. I don't follow the topic obsessively, but AFAIK the only publisher to have any sustained success with e-publishing is Baen, and they are very much a niche market.
edwarddain
Feb. 13th, 2009 10:10 pm (UTC)
Neither do we, but she does enough travel (and I commute on the train enough) that the idea of eBooks is appealing - and the new version of the Kindle sparked the conversation again.
wombat_socho
Feb. 14th, 2009 01:04 am (UTC)
*nods*
That's what puts me out of the target market for the Kindle. I don't commute on mass transit any more, and what travel I do is almost entirely by car, the sole exception being my annual trip to Anime Detour. Still thinking hard about the Centro, though, especially since there are wifi antennae that plug into its USB connector.
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