I actually think Nicholson Baker’s assessment here is pretty fair:
Here’s what you buy when you buy a Kindle book. You buy the right to display a grouping of words in front of your eyes for your private use with the aid of an electronic display device approved by Amazon.
I used to tell people that you should buy the Kindle if (and only if) you satisfy all of these conditions:
- You read a lot.
- You travel at least a medium amount.
- You are interested in all this meta-media, future-of-books stuff at least a little bit.
But now, with the availability of the Kindle iPhone app, and the promise of Barnes & Noble’s new gambit in partnership with Plastic Logic… I’m not sure. I think I’m going to change my Kindle recommendation from BUY to HOLD.
I’m definitely glad I have one, but you can tell this whole thing is just getting started.