So the new Kindle I’m sure you’ve all heard about by now.
Do you think it’s this year’s iPod? I’m actually not sure and don’t know that much about it but I thought it had more potential if they tried to take into consideration how, for example, college students might use it.
– When I first learned about it, I thought they made it so it could read pdfs…but it doesn’t. I hate dealing with all the pdfs I get assigned for reading and that I use for research, but if I could download them all onto something like this, it’d be pretty cool and over the course of 4 years of college would likely pay for itself in printing costs alone.
– Paying $400 down and $10 for a book is ridiculous. They should have at least thrown in 10 free books or subscriptions of some sort.
– It probably will never catch on in terms of textbook downloads. They’ll probably only stick with bestsellers and the like for a really long time. But I can imagine people really resonating with this if they could get their $110 chemistry textbook digitalized for $30. (Could you imagine a searchable Chemistry textbook? That would be amazing.)
– Also, everything is DRM. Ew.
Overall, I don’t think I like it. I thought when they first introduced it that it would revolutionize how we see reading, but they’re playing it way too safe. If they designed this as something college students could really see themselves needing to make their lives easier, then maybe?? But they seem to really only focus on the novelty rather than the real potential.
What do you think? Do you want one?