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.