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My Thoughts on Kindle 3 and Why My iPad’s About to Get Very Dusty | Bridging the Nerd Gap

I noticed something else a few minutes ago that made me smile — there’s no clock on the Kindle. I realize that this is a small thing and, really, there wouldn’t be much reason to include one. But, as per the Getting Started guide that opened when I first powered up the Kindle, one of it’s goals as a device is to disappear — to let you become fully engrossed in whatever you’re reading. There’s a reason you’ll never see a clock on a casino wall, and I think the same principle applies here. The idea that I’ll lose track of time while using this thing is attractive to me.

I know that a great many folks think that the iPad is a “Kindle killer” (ugh, always with the killing), but I can say pretty confidently that the Kindle is going to fill a void that the iPad couldn’t effectively fill: a light, small device whose single, express purpose is reading, not everything.

I’ve wondered the same about the iPad, and it’s why I’ve never bought a kindle or an iPad in the first place: I want to read. Which is why I love a real, physical book.

Is it the most accessible? No. Can I carry 15 books with me on a vacation? Not easily. But I don’t want 15 books; I want one or two.

Great points, Brett.

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