Jeff Bezos to world about his company’s new offerings, including a new 7″ color tablet dubbed the Kindle Fire:
There are two types of companies: those that work hard to charge customers more, and those that work hard to charge customers less. Both approaches can work. We are firmly in the second camp. . .
Apple to Amazon: Ouch!
I love my iPad and won’t be replacing it with a Kindle Fire in this lifetime. I will however be buying one of the new Kindle ebook readers, which sport “electronic ink” displays that do not glow from behind. I see the glowless quality of the e-ink display as the major plus for the Kindle E-readers for many of the reasons John Gruber recently articulated:
I like reading on e-ink. . . . I read books on my iPad, too, but reading on the iPad doesn’t have the same mental-mode-switching effect. When I read with the iPad I feel like I’m doing the same basic thing I do as I read on my Mac all day long — just with a different device. . . .
E-ink feels peaceful to me. The Kindle doesn’t feel like a computer. It feels — not to the touch but to the eyes and mind — like a crudely-typeset and slightly smudgily-printed paper book. That’s a good thing. Battery life is un-computer-like as well: Amazon measures e-ink Kindle battery life in months, and they’re not joking. It’s a surprise when the Kindle actually needs a charge. I was a doubter until I owned one, but now I’m convinced that e-ink readers have tremendous value even in the post-iPad world.