Top 10 Reasons Why the iPad will NOT Kill the Kindle

There is a post on TechCrunch today about the Top 10 Reasons The Apple iPad Will Put Amazon’s Kindle Out of Business

Certainly the iPad will give some competition to the  Kindle – especially the $489 model – but put it out of business ?  Highly unlikely.    Here are the top 10 reasons why the iPad will NOT kill the Kindle :

1) Price: The price point to compare is the $269 Kindle vs the $499 iPad.  The $269 Kindle works pretty well for reading books. And if  Amazon drops the price to $199 – there is no competition.

2) e-Ink : Makes reading a pleasure. Enough said.

3) Glare :  The backlight on the iPad makes it difficult on your eyes for extended periods of reading. Plus you can read a Kindle in broad daylight with no problems. Try that with an iPad.

4) 3G connectivity: is built in and free for life on the Kindle – with  no monthly fees, ever ! And anywhere in the world. First the iPad will cost  $130 more for the 3G option.  Second it  requires you to shell out  $30 (or $15) per month to AT&T to be able to use 3G.   Three negatives right there for the iPad  – the hassle of signing up, the cost  and AT&T’s awful connectivity.

5) Amazon vs iTunes : You can download almost any book on Amazon – and are not locked perpetually into the Apple/iTunes jail.   Apple hates giving up control on anything –  and that is not likely to change in the near future.

6) Size : The Kindle is smaller and more portable than the iPad.  Makes it easier to carry it around just like a book. The iPad – though portable -still feels like you are carrying around a tablet or a laptop.

7) Weight : It is only 0.6 lb compared to the 1.5 lbs for the iPad – another plus that makes it easier to carry around.   And you can therefore  hold the Kindle for extended periods with one hand without your hand getting tired.  Try that with the iPad.

8) Battery Life : You can easily use a Kindle for almost 2  weeks with a single charge.  That makes it the perfect device for reading books on long airplane trips  or vacations.  The iPad claims 10 hours for the battery life – we all know that the actual battery life  will be probably half that.

9) Touch : The iPad is a touch device, which means you will need to constantly wipe the greasy fingerprints  on it resulting from all that page turning when reading books.  No such problems on the Kindle.

10)  Fragility : Finally, I  could easily give the Kindle to a five or ten-year old child without worrying that they may drop and break the screen. Not so with the iPad’s expensive and fragile panel.  In fact, the Kindle may be the perfect replacement for all the heavy school textbooks that kids have to carry these days.

So what do you think ? Your comments and feedback are welcome.

142 Comments

  1. Lyle
    Jan 28th, 2010 6:04 pm

    Thank god, some sanity with all of this iPad hype.

  2. Rick Yuzzi
    Jan 28th, 2010 6:06 pm

    Good points. The iPad definitely looks like a cool device, but if someone is primarily interested in reading books, the Kindle looks like a better choice.

  3. Tim Hashko
    Jan 28th, 2010 6:09 pm

    You have some valid points, but I do believe that Kindle will become irrelevant quickly enough (unless they adapt). The high price tag may scare a few people off, but as we see with other Apple products, there IS an audience who is willing to pay extra for the association with the cool brand, the beauty and aesthetics, and the multi-functionality.

    When I bought my iPhone, I had concerns about the battery and getting the screen greasy. True, you have to recharge every night, but isn’t this pretty much the case with all smartphones and haven’t we already gotten used to plugging in our devices for the night anyway? And as far as the greasy screen, I was surprised how little it gets dirty and how little it bothers me.

    I would agree with your fragility argument. I have to be very aware of how I handle my iPhone and I imagine it will be the same with the iPad.

    I must add though, that I probably won’t buy one until it has a webcam built-in.

    Thanks for your post!

    1. Arun
      Jan 29th, 2010 12:39 am

      Thanks for your comments. But I have to disagree with your observation that the “Kindle will become irrelevant quickly enough (unless they adapt).” The price gap between the standard Kindle at $259 (including 3G, and no monthly fees) and the iPad with 3G ($629 plus a $15/$30 monthly fee) is substantial and won’t really make the Kindle irrelevant. I agree though that the iPad will appeal to many other people who will be willing to pay more for its beauty, design etc – but this is a different segment with only some overlap with people who would buy the Kindle.

      Regarding the battery charge – I recently used the Kindle to read on a 17 hour flight to India, and there was still enough power left after that for an entire week. Not many devices allow you to do that today – and certainly not the iPad.

  4. keith
    Jan 28th, 2010 6:15 pm

    Excellent points – I do not think the iPad will kill the Kindle either. They target 2 different types of needs and markets, and the Kindle is excellent as an ereader.

  5. Randall
    Jan 28th, 2010 7:14 pm

    I think the Kindle and/or other e-readers will survive (and flourish). I subscribe to the “make something that does 1 thing really, really well” theory instead of the “make something that does everything pretty well” theory. I will buy an e-reader to read and nothing more.

    The good thing is that the iPad will force future e-readers to be better, so it’s a win for the future e-reading public.

    1. Predrag
      Jan 29th, 2010 3:24 pm

      That is exactly why stand-alone portable FM radios are so successful…

      People don’t want to carry multiple devices. That is why iPhone became immensely popular. Consolidate functionality of multiple devices into one and do it well, and people will be thrilled to buy it.

      Kindle may not die, since it has developed a rabid following (unless Oprah suddenly discovers iPad and switches from Kindle to it). However, I have no doubt, majority of those who were thinking about getting Kindle will now eagerly await to get the iPad instead. So much more bang for the buck.

      1. Randall
        Jan 29th, 2010 8:12 pm

        You’re assuming that people will be carrying this thing all over the place like a mobile device. Sure, I could carry around a book all over the place, but the main place I’m reading is at home. And, if the overall reading experience is better on a Kindle (or other e-reader), then that’s what I will be buying. If I wanted to read while on the go, that’s where a mobile device comes in (not a Kindle or iPad).

  6. Anibal
    Jan 28th, 2010 7:49 pm

    kindle DX cost 489u$d … take that.

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    Jan 28th, 2010 8:03 pm
    1. Clint
      Jan 29th, 2010 12:05 am

      If you’re a real reader, you’ll understand why reading an entire book on a backlit screen is complete insanity. I get a headache just thinking about it. The argument that “the iPad is in color!” leads me to the same conclusion: you’re not a real reader.

      1. Predrag
        Jan 29th, 2010 3:20 pm

        I am thoroughly impressed with Amazon’s incredible PR triumph regarding e-Ink.

        The big elephant is in the room and I’ll say it here: LED-backed LCDs are INFINITELY EASIER on the eyes than e-Ink in almost EVERY situation.

        In order to read e-Ink, I need OPTIMAL light; not just any light, optimal. When I’m in bed and want to read (while my wife is asleep), I must use one of those little book lights. They are cute and convenient, but light there is quite uneven and poor; some parts of the page are poorly lit, while others are too bright. Often times, my eyes get tired, I leave the book and pick up my laptop and read from there. Screen is uniformly lit, crisp and clear. I dial down the brightness a bit (pupils are fully dilated in the dark), but I can read for 16 hours if I want — the display is just perfect.

        The e-Ink argument is a result of a masterful marketing by Amazon. Eventually, people will begin to realise that.

  8. knja
    Jan 28th, 2010 8:03 pm

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  9. Philip
    Jan 28th, 2010 8:15 pm

    You make some good points, but I think you’re off on a few. Point number 1, iPad’s price is a direct attack on the Kindle DX. Remember – it’s the “Kindle Plus” at the same price point. That will immediately get people questioning the Kindle line, in general. Amazon will be forced to drop the price of the DX, in turn potentially dropping the price of the Kindle. If they drop the Kindle to sub-$150 – sold! But not at a $200+ price point.

    Point number 5) Apple/iTunes jail as apposed to the Amazon Jail? Did you forget the Kindle requires validation every time you use a book? Did you forget if you disable your account on Amazon tonight, you loose access to every book you own? Did you forget iTunes doesn’t have such a strict DRM check? I admit, iTunes lock in sucks, but you can /add in/ other content freely. And if you disable your iTunes account tonight, you’re not locked out of your current library.
    I think you need to validate your point better: With the Kindle, and a good standing account, you can redownload your books anytime you want (up to a limit set by the Author). You cannot do this within the iTunes model. Once you download it, it’s down. You best backup your local iTune repository! (I do, weekly)

    Point number 9 – I own an iPhone 3GS. I don’t see what you’re talking about with constant wiping. Hell. All the wiping I do is removing all the dust that accumulates around the case I have on my phone. I think you’re mistaking it for the OLD glass protective coatings Apple use to use. The new coating is quite spot on with keeping itself clean. Constantly wiping? I assure you, no more than I have to wipe my own laptop monitor.

    Point 2 and 3 are the same – You should have combined them. The ability to read in the sunlight is because of e-ink and not a separate point.

    Rest of your other points are valid. I think you could be a bit more fleshing out on e-Ink and abuse-ability as I think these are the only two real key points that would hold people to the Kindle.

    Size? Kindle wins the same reason my iPhone wins with my music over this tablet. It’s small, and compact for its purpose. For my iPhone – I’ll be using that as my /pocket/ music player. The kindle is the /pocket/ book.

    This is all hardware, in general, too. When you talk software capabilities – there is no comparison. It’s like comparing a bicycle with a car.

    1. Arun
      Jan 28th, 2010 10:38 pm

      Thank you for your insightful comments and feedback. However : Regarding the price, I beg to differ. I concede that the iPad will certainly eat into the higher end ($489) Kindle’s market share, but pretty sure that the majority of existing and potential Kindle buyers are getting the $259 model. Second, if you do want to compare apples to apples, then you need to add the $130 for the 3G option on the iPad – plus figure the $15/30 monthly fee without which the iPad does not give you the pleasure of downloading and reading a book instantly almost anywhere in the world . And yes, even at the $200 price point I think the Kindle becomes a compelling purchase for many book lovers.

      Regarding Point Number 5 : you do make some valid points regarding DRM and Amazon account access. But two points here : First, I am not going to worry too much about accidentally disabling my Amazon account or Amazon going out of business anytime soon.
      Two, the risks of this still outweigh the claustrophobic (and IMO almost autocratic) control that Apple exercises on everything – almost to the point of owning my entire online experience. No thank you.

      Point No 9 – reg the touch and greasy fingerprints. Frankly, I concede this is a moot point – and every one’s mileage may vary here.

      Points 2 & 3 – e-ink and readability. I separated them because although I agree that e-ink is what makes the Kindle readable in sunlight, remember that e-Ink looks like printed text and is therefore a pleasure to read – the fonts on a backlit LCD will never look like printed text – whether you are indoors or outdoors. So you can put anti-reflective coating on the iPad (or use a high brightness LCD) to make it readable in sunlight – but it will still not be e-ink.

      And reg hardware vs software : “It’s like comparing a bicycle with a car.” Sometimes all you need is a bicycle 🙂

      1. Ellie
        Feb 7th, 2010 7:27 pm

        It’s not like comparing a bicycle to a car. It’s like comparing a bicycle to one of those tiny SmartCars. If you already have a car and need a way to travel around the neighborhood, cruise down trails, and avoid parking hassles in your driveway, then it makes sense to purchase a bicycle and not a bulky, useless SmartCar that’s too small to use comfortably and too expensive compared to its alternatives.

        If I need a device that can do everything, I’ll use my netbook or my laptop and not a $600 iPad. If I want the snazzy features offered by Apple, I’ll buy an iPhone.

        And if I already have a laptop and a smartphone, and now I just want to read books, it makes sense to buy the Kindle that perfectly fits my singular need, and not an iPad that does everything second-rate.

    2. David
      Jan 29th, 2010 1:51 pm

      >Did you forget the Kindle requires validation every time you use a book?Did you forget if you disable your account on Amazon tonight, you loose access to every book you own?Did you forget iTunes doesn’t have such a strict DRM check? I admit, iTunes lock in sucks, but you can /add in/ other content freely.<

      And you can do that to a Kindle too, either via USB or by emailing to your kindle for wireless delivery. You can get free content from Feedbooks, manybooks, the gutenberg project, baen books and hundreds of other sources, all pre-formatted for the Kindle. Many of these allow you to download them wirelessly directly from the device. Then there are paid sites like smashwords that sell DRM-free content in mobipocket format, which can be loaded onto a Kindle in the same manner. If you have a document in an incompatible format, you can either email it for automatic conversion and delivery, or convert it yourself with mobipocket creator. Both are quick and painless.

      Please do try and understand how a device works before you rail against its imaginary drawbacks.

  10. cole
    Jan 28th, 2010 9:40 pm

    what ipad needs is a transflective screen. without it it’s a retina burner.

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  13. bet clic
    Jan 29th, 2010 12:54 am

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  14. Rob
    Jan 29th, 2010 1:45 am

    I agree on all but number 10. Kindle needs to be more durable. When Amazon integrates color, we’re set for life.

  15. pallard
    Jan 29th, 2010 2:02 am

    “10) Fragility : Finally, I could easily give the Kindle to a five or ten-year old child without worrying that they may drop and break the screen. Not so with the iPad’s expensive and fragile panel. In fact, the Kindle may be the perfect replacement for all the heavy school textbooks that kids have to carry these days.

    So what do you think ? Your comments and feedback are welcome.”

    What do i think? I think you have never used a Kindle to read a textbook.

    The kindle and epaper is a completely useless device for reading textbooks. The refreshrate is too slow. Sure some day that may improve..but your comparison is based on the present iPad and Kindle.

    The Kindle may have its continual niche..but its dominance as an ebook reader is over. What you are not estimating is the fact you can build engaging apps to read books

    1. Ranjana
      Jan 29th, 2010 5:58 pm

      As far as apps are concerned, Kindle is surely headed in the right direction! http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/?ie=UTF8&docId=1000476231

    2. Manuel
      Jan 30th, 2010 3:12 am

      well, for reading comics the ipad will be better, that is for sure 😉

  16. Spencer
    Jan 29th, 2010 3:16 am

    I don’t think the Kindle becomes irrelevant, but I do believe that the iPad will hurt it. You’re not paying more for the iPad and getting nothing for those extra dollars; you’re getting a much more functional device and buyers have to decide whether the difference is worth it. Personally I’ve decided to skip purchasing an ereader but I’m not purchasing an iPad either – I think there are things I would like to see that will be in version 2.0 of the iPad. Spending $259 on an ereader seems like spending money on a device that now seems dated. Prices on ereaders need to drop for it to make sense.

    As for the DRM issue you mention – true, this is why I buy all my music from Amazon, but I wish Kindle used the epub format as opposed to their proprietary format – to me proprietary formats are just as bad as DRM.

    Anyway – Amazon has an opportunity – they had a great headstart, but Apple has presented a great challenge – time for them to up the ante with their next Kindle. (Also – don’t forget that there is a Google Chrome OS device coming at some point – Amazon really needs to up their game)

  17. Samantha Pelt
    Jan 29th, 2010 4:00 am

    Great post, thanks. I’ve enjoyed your blog for quite awhile and I should comment more.

  18. Ongai
    Jan 29th, 2010 4:20 am

    Great points! After reading your article, I would have to agree that the Ipad will not kill the Kindle but it will hurt it. Yep, if it’s for the purpose of just reading, the Kindle should be better.

    Btw, I’m just curious how much market share the Kindle lost (or is losing) because of the Ipad’s entry into the market..

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    Jan 29th, 2010 4:31 am

    way to go… good counter… techcrunch is getting a bit too biased (and i suspect, are publishing “advertorials” instead of editorials)…

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    Jan 29th, 2010 4:45 am

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  22. Guillaume S
    Jan 29th, 2010 10:59 am

    I agree with Rick Yuzzi: the Kindle will still be the better choice for techno-minded heavy readers…

    wait… let me think…

    that does not look like a whole lot of people!

    1. Manuel
      Jan 30th, 2010 3:08 am

      I think it will be for people who want to read simply books without images. I guess that increases the number.

  23. Maria B
    Jan 29th, 2010 1:26 pm

    I agree that iPad won’t be a huge threat for ‘avid’ book readers. But, it will be a vehicle to move from paper newspapers to internet. I will buy one for my 70 year old husband and set it up for him in the morning to read the paper.

  24. Lanna Lee Maheux-Quinn
    Jan 29th, 2010 6:03 pm

    As a Kindle Owner, I totally agree.

    The only type of book I might consider purchasing on the iPad would be one that is in full-color or very image-heavy. Thinking some of my college text-books, if available.

    Now the iPad might kill the KindleDX – but that still might be lighter than the iPad’s 1.5 pounds.

  25. Nick
    Jan 29th, 2010 7:57 pm

    I think Apple is giving time for the Kindle to catch up. The lack of Camera in the iPad is going to make a lot of people to wait for version 2.0.

  26. mark e
    Jan 29th, 2010 9:00 pm

    1. PRICE: price never stands on its own. it goes hand in hand with customer need and product value. if all you need is an e-reader and you want the cheapest one, then maybe you’d consider the kindle. are there enough people like that to support the kindle business model? – i’m not sure… and i also believe amazon is not sure considering the announcement of a kindle apps sdk. amazon is looking to add more value to the kindle to make it competitive

    4. 3G CONNECTIVITY: there are huge caveats to the “free” 3G connectivity of the kindle. In general, it is NOT for browsing the internet. If the kindle were to support web browsing then we’d be talking the same thing – and you can sure as hell bet that either you’d need a separate data plan with a service provider or the price of the kindle would go up. BTW, e-ink is terrible for non-static pages… ie, browsing web pages would be horrible on the kindle.

    6,7. SIZE, WEIGHT, BATTERY LIFE: simply, it all depends on whether the consumer sees a fair tradeoff between the size/weight/battery life of the ipad vs the additional value (ie. music, videos, games, web access, applications, colour, etc.)

    i believe all the other points have been debated.

    1. James
      Jan 29th, 2010 11:36 pm

      I think a lot of people are missing the point when they compare the iPad to the Kindle.

      It’s not a straight fight between those two devices. In order to sell an iPad, they’re going to have to convince the people that own an iPhone (The smart ones, not the ones that have already set aside their iPad cash) that there’s a reason to shell out the $500 on a new device. The only upgrade is the ebook reader, and in that department, it doesn’t match the kindle.

      And compare it to the iPhone, there’s not a great deal the iPad does over that. Sure it’s nicer to watch video, or play games on, or for web access, but the vast majority of times where going to NEED that, you’re probably somewhere that better suited devices exist.

      The only areas I can see the iPad cleaning up is mobile data entry, the kind of people harassing you in the street to do a survey, or to as a visual aid in reasonably small environments (Theme Parks etc.)

      I’m struggling to come up with one good reason why most people would want to own one

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  28. Shawn
    Jan 29th, 2010 10:55 pm

    This is absolutely great. I never knew the kindle had such a fanboy crowd just as strong as the apple crowd. From an outside observer you should see how ridiculous both groups look, it’s like the pot calling the tea kettle black.

    3) While it might be easy to read in daylight how is the kindle in dark environments? It’s not back lit is it? So that means book light. How very modern indeed.

    5) I’m sure Amazon is not completely DRM free. What were the stories a few weeks back about amazon deleteing copies of peoples books along with notes etc. If I have to worry about that, no way will I use it to replace my school text books.

    8) Maybe the kindle does have better battery life, but your claim about the iPad only getting half of it’s projected hours are unfounded unless you can show a citation otherwise it’s just speculation.

    9) If you have greasy fingers prints all over your touch screen devices maybe you should wash your hands more. I have a droid and have no problems with the screen getting greasy. Coworkers say the same about the iPhone.

    10) Again Seems like more speculation. I’m sure a kid could break the kindle just as easily as the iPad.

    2) e-Ink : Makes reading a pleasure. Enough said.
    No one should ever use ‘enough said’ in any sort of professional writing unless it’s a direct quote preceded with something like “The uneducated and opinionated writer actually used the phrase ‘Enough Said’. In this case especially when it’s clearly not enough said. Maybe you could explain what e-Ink is instead of just assuming everyone know what Amazons marketing terms mean. Trust me it’s not universally understood and clearly not “enough said”

    Not that I plan on buying either, ever, if I had to choose one over the other I’d go with the iPad hands down. Oh and isn’t their a kindle app on the iStore?

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  30. Yoshiyahu
    Jan 30th, 2010 1:06 am

    Your blog is almost impossible to read with your color scheme. The low contrast — is that supposed to emulate a Kindle or Nook or something? If I can’t read your blog, then I can’t be exposed to your arguments about the Kindle, now can I? In order to read your post, I had to copy and paste it down here, in the comments section.

    Your arguments remind me of when people like myself, rabid Creative Nomad owners, mocked the iPod and its lack of functionality compared to the Nomad. I mean, why the heck would you get an iPod at so much more when you can’t even do line-in recordings in stereo or generate on-the-go playlists or even something as basic as a frigging queue?! And yet here we are.

    Your point on price is a good one. most people buy the cheaper Kindle, not the best one. For those on a budget, where they only want a reader, the Kindle will win. Just like today, lots of people opt to get free cellphones and no-name mp3 players, or rock their CD players. But I think enough people will choose the iPad instead, for the same reason people can’t pass up the ‘value’ meals with ten times the calories. They get more with an iPad.

    Your point on e-Ink is just stupid. I have talked to a lot of owners of Kindles and someone who got a Nook, and e-Ink wasn’t the reason they got the device. In fact, they don’t even know what e-Ink is. It may be nice, but it doesn’t drive sales to the Kindle. People read all damn day looking at computer screens. They can handle it. Seriously.

    Your glare argument is also specious — perhaps you are too young to remember when we had monochrome everything. Ten years ago, I had a Philips Velo that was easily readable in daylight, monochrome cellphones that were easily readable in daylight, a monochrome Creative Nomad that was easily readable in daylight… hmm… for some reason, everyone has gone to color. I guess people don’t do too much in daylight, huh? I mean, perhaps we should, apart from the skin cancer risk. But we’re not.

    Connectivity — this is a good point in principle. In reality, people will simply connect via wifi at home, or dock to their PC and copy content that way.

    Selection is a good argument, but it goes both ways… I think we’re going to see the iPad have textbook availability, and then the supposed negative color screen on the iPad make it far better, since most textbooks are heavy on the color usage. So while you can get more books on the Kindle AT THIS TIME, I think there will almost immediately be books that you can ONLY get on the iPad, ones that wouldn’t be any good on e-Ink anyway. And soon, Apple will have all the stuff Amazon has, and more.

    Size & Weight: Again, arguments that are lame because few people use these as buying choices. Anyone buying an iPad or Kindle will compare its weight to a stack of books that it can replace, paperback or hardcover, and see that both are much better, then they’ll go to other factors.

    Battery life is a good point, again, but we’ve heard complaints about iPhone battery life since its inception, and somehow people don’t care. You forgot to throw in the old argument about no replaceable battery, while you were at it. It doesn’t drive sales.

    Your touch argument is as easily countered – people seem to handle smudges on their iPhones and other touch devices perfectly well.

    You ruin your fragility argument with saying the Kindle can replace textbooks, because once again, textbooks have a heavy reliance on color. And the Kindle has no color.

  31. Nik
    Jan 30th, 2010 3:16 am

    I own a Nook. An ebook reader like a Nook or a Kindle IS a book. The exact same experience (but a little better). You can read in bright daylight. You experience no eyestrain. That was the whole point in inventing e-ink way after color LCD screens already existed. I have tried reading books on my Macbook and my iPod touch. My Nook is much more comfortable. It is precisely the same experience. The little color LCD on the Nook goes dark about one minute after you stop touching in incidentally. The availability of E-ink devices (Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader, and others) is why I will not use an iPad or any other traditional computer screen to read novels.

  32. Slavik Kaushan
    Jan 30th, 2010 3:45 am

    very nice angle Arun!
    you are absolutely right and your post really change my personal insights for this iPad/Kindle issue.

    same thing is happening now with phones – a lot of people still use and will use simple cell phones.

  33. Ashwin
    Jan 30th, 2010 6:06 am

    Arun:

    Love this blog and the post!

    Hard factual comparisons on price, features and usability apart, the need and decision making process for a reader and a tablet are totally different.

    I guess someone who owns a laptop/netbook and in the market for a reader will not necessarily look at iPad because

    1. Without an iPad they still are browsing the net, carrying a laptop/netbook and doing all things iPad could do, albeit in a less fashionable way

    2. With the reader they can read the book without distraction for weeks and without having to recharge the pad between reads (putoff!)

    3. Price sensitive customers are not a fringe. They are a majority.

    Its not that Amazon came up with Kindle before laptops/computing were invented. There was/is a need for a simple device without much computing for book lovers and Kindle came in. Pre and Post iPad that has not changed!

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  35. Thomas Mason
    Jan 31st, 2010 4:43 am

    How about an iPad with e-ink technology built-in for when we want to read e-books?! I don’t think I’m alone in doing quite a bit of agonising about definitely wanting an e-reader, but not knowing whether to go for a Kindle (DX) or an iPad.
    Like many of you – I’m thinking ahead to my beach holiday in June – quite simply, will the iPad be up to the task and am I going to need to cover it in some massive protective film (like my iPhone screen protector)?!
    I think I have however been able to read my iPhone screen on the beach with relative ease, so fingers crossed with the iPad.
    Will I be able to sync books bought in the Apple iBook store with my iPhone and Mac/PC and read them on unlimited devices?
    Will the iBook app have decent annotation functionality (integrated with the Notes app) and copy-and-paste from books to documents (for writing essays, reports, articles etc.)
    As much as I’ve become a convert to Apple in recent years, they always seem to produce a great device that completely corners the market (and therefore all possibility of buying a competing product), but that has one major flaw, e.g. the iPhone camera without a flash.
    Finally, Amazon urgently needs to sort out international Kindle stores. As a UK user, it’s crazy that, if I buy a Kindle DX, I have to pay for everything in US dollars, pay import duties, pay an invisible $2 extra per book, pay more for newspaper/magazine subscriptions (even though they are WITHOUT images outside the US), and also be denied access to the ‘experimental’ web browser. At least with the iBook store, I’ll be able to pay in my home currency and be able to tables and images.
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    Thoughts?

  36. Thomas Mason
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    How about an iPad with e-ink technology built-in for when we want to read e-books?! I don’t think I’m alone in doing quite a bit of agonising about definitely wanting an e-reader, but not knowing whether to go for a Kindle (DX) or an iPad.
    Like many of you – I’m thinking ahead to my beach holiday in June – quite simply, will the iPad be up to the task and am I going to need to cover it in some massive protective film (like my iPhone screen protector)?!
    I think I have however been able to read my iPhone screen on the beach with relative ease, so fingers crossed with the iPad.
    Will I be able to sync books bought in the Apple iBook store with my iPhone and Mac/PC and read them on unlimited devices?
    Will the iBook app have decent annotation functionality (integrated with the Notes app) and copy-and-paste from books to documents (for writing essays, reports, articles etc.)
    As much as I’ve become a convert to Apple in recent years, they always seem to produce a great device that completely corners the market (and therefore all possibility of buying a competing product), but that has one major flaw, e.g. the iPhone camera without a flash (and no FM/DAB radio).
    Finally, Amazon urgently needs to sort out international Kindle stores. As a UK user, it’s crazy that, if I buy a Kindle DX, I have to pay for everything in US dollars, pay import duties, pay an invisible $2 extra per book, pay more for newspaper/magazine subscriptions (even though they are WITHOUT images outside the US), and also be denied access to the ‘experimental’ web browser. At least with the iBook store, I’ll be able to pay in my home currency and be able to tables and images.
    Sort it Amazon!
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  109. Played with the kindle the other day from a friend who recently bought it. I love the light form factor and the Wifi, but the Barnes Nooks is pretty cool cause it runs on Android. At the end of the day, we have so many devices to distract us that ‘do everything’ its nice to have something thats purpose built, instead of a do-all like the ipad. If I had the ipad I would never get any actual reading done.

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  120. sellstructuredsettlement
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    I think that there are so many advantages to a Kindle.  But the Ipad has its advantages I am sure.  The one advantage that highlights it for me is the fact that it is not being locked in to the I-tunes.  Nothing is more frustrating than that.

  121. Anonymous
    Sep 1st, 2011 3:58 pm

    Kindles are great……reading is good and if it takes something like a kindle to get a child to read spend the money……it will be worth it in the long run……..better than buying a phone where you know all they will be doing is texting or playing games.

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    I have to agree with several issues.  I hate it when the weight of a phone makes my hands hurt.  And the glare is horrible to have to deal with.  Love the comparison issues here.

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      I also agree about the weight issue.  it is miserable when you are hurting and trying to have a conversation with someone on the phone.

  123. Annuity Purchaser
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  125. Annuity Purchaser
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  126. Sellyourannuity
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    The kindle is a great gift for our older generation, not to technical that they can’t use but easy on the eyes with the no glare and large print.

  127. Anonymous
    Sep 3rd, 2011 9:44 pm

    With the ipad you have so much more……..there is no comparison.

  128. structuredsettlement
    Sep 4th, 2011 2:50 am

    I am not a hugh cell phone person anyway so when I do have to use one, I want the most out of it that I can get.  Light weight, no glare…what ever.  Great use of comparisons here

  129. Anonymous
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    To me if you are going to carry around a phone get one that does it all….why would you want to carry more than one thing if you di not have to.

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