Could the Kindle be getting uglier?

kindle-imageLike many, I was underwhelmed by the launch of the Kindle, Amazon’s e-book reading device.

$400 is a lot to spend on a stand-alone reader, plus the cost of the books. I don’t want to hack a device to make it marginally functional. I want to buy my books from sources other than Amazon and I want the option to share my books with others. So this wasn’t something on my holiday wishlist by any stretch.

I used to do a lot of reading on my Windows Mobile phone. Unfortunately, I haven’t found a solution that works very well for the Blackberry. The big stumbling block is the fact that I don’t have a decent way to sync files with my Blackberry. I can only add applications and data OTA (over the air), which rules out every book site I know of (only interested in legal ones).

Back to the Kindle…I haven’t seen one in person, and maybe it’s my imagination, but to me it gets uglier every time an article about it with an image lands in my Google Reader feeds. I’m about as geeky as they come, and even I wouldn’t want to be seen carrying this thing around.

Any Kindle owners or folks who are willing to pay $700+ for it on eBay care to tell me what the appeal is? I don’t get it. Maybe I don’t read enough books. I read. A lot. Just not as many books as I used to. Shouldn’t Amazon put out a device that would make me want to read more?

By the way, I did get a $150 Amazon gift certificate as a present this year. What did I spend it on? A Western Digital 160GB Passport USB drive and the movie, E.T.

The drive is because no matter how hard I try, I can’t seem to keep more than 12GB free space on my MBP’s internal drive and I don’t like running that tight. I have a regular external drive at home, but lately I’m rarely at my home office desk so it doesn’t help me much. This one got very good reviews and the price was excellent (under $100 when I purchased it).

The movie is for the kids. We took them to see The Water Horse last week and they loved it. Eric and I were “eh” about it, and I realized that they never saw the much, much, much better version of the “cute alien-like create befriends lonely boy” movie from 25 years ago. Knowing my girls, they’ll love it as much as I did when I was not that much older than they are now.


2 responses to “Could the Kindle be getting uglier?”

  1. For you blackberry you could try They package up public domain and creative commons books (legal) to be read on java enabled phones, their site talks mainly about regular ‘dumb’ phones but I think blackberry supports java. You can install OTA and since they give they books away you can just delete them when you are done.