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Very interesting perspective on the Kindle

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I suggest that you read his entire post. The key:

In the course of looking around for various relevant arguments, I stumbled across a single blog entry that changed my mind about the device. Randall Munroe, the creator of the genius XKCD webcomic, blogged about his recent purchase of a Kindle 2. He wrote:

I’m surprised at the talk of the cost being too high. For me, the comparison is to a laptop with a cellular broadband internet card — $1440 for a standard two-year contract. The Kindle 2 doesn’t have a full web browser, but if you’re favoring text-heavy websites (news, blogs, mail, wikis), it’s perfectly sufficient. Plus, it’s a nice screen and has many-day battery life. All in all I think it’s a more-than-reasonable price for something that lets me read reddit on the street corner so as to better shout at sheeple about government conspiracies.

Shifting context: if I compare it to a stack of books, the cost is high; if I compare it, instead, to a web device — one with a full-time 3G wireless connection and no monthly fee — suddenly the price looks almost like a bargain.

Read the whole thing.

Written by LeisureGuy

24 March 2009 at 7:25 am

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  1. I’m just too skeptical that the infinite wikipedia thing will end… and besides, if you already have a laptop, there is not much point in getting something with *less* functionability and possibility of losing even that very reason for making the price look so good. what does the kindle 1 do?


    11 April 2009 at 10:34 pm

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