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  1. 1. ==== ====Hello from user. Kindle ====The announcement for the Kindle 3 is now official, and no doubt orders for the new eReader arepiling up by the thousands. For those of you who dont know what a Kindle is; simply put, its anelectronic book from Amazon which is about the height of a large novel and as slim as half apencil. Is all the excitement for the Kindle 3 merited or is it just the same old device in a newgraphite case? Lets look at what Kindle 3 brings to the table and what Amazon decided to leaveout. However, before we do that we need to put some focus on the eReader market and whatAmazon is trying to achieve with the Kindle.Yes Amazon - its a jungle out thereIts no surprise to say that Amazon is facing a very different world compared to when it firstreleased the Kindle. The competition for the eReader market is getting crowded at both the budgetend and the high-end. Additionally, there has been a lot of talk about "kindle-killers which arelooking to dethrone the Kindle king as the number one eReader. The Kobo eReader was releasedearlier this year, with a price tag significantly less than the Kindle at $149, and it will be news tonobody that Apple launched its attack into the eReader market with the media-rich iPad.As well as a tough market, Amazon is faced with a strange situation where the implicit consumerdemands are contradictory to the explicit demands. On the one hand, the unspoken implicitdemands are telling Amazon that readers want an easy to use device that doesnt distract from thereading experience. Something very "book-like." On the other hand, the explicit demands arerequesting a new state-of-the-art device with multi-media functionality, with touch screentechnology, video viewing, etc...How has Amazon responded to these challenges? Firstly, they werent tempted to create aneReader which does everything and distracts from its main task; namely reading. The Kindle 3 haskept its simple interface and is still very "book-like". Secondly, Amazon has counter-attacked thebudget eReaders entering into the market by launching two versions of the Kindle 3. These being,a Kindle with 3G Wifi ($189) and a Kindle with Wifi ($139). The Kindle 3G Wi-Fi device maintainsthe previous price tag of the Kindle 2 while adding a bunch of new functionality. The Kindle Wi-Fiundercuts a large majority of other eReaders on the market, while delivering a mature productwhich is backed up the Amazon book store with millions of titles to choose from.Given the situation where Amazon finds itself, lets look at what features they put into the Kindle 3and what they decided to leave left out.Kindle 3 - what they put in.Amazon focused on improving the Kindles basic functionality, by letting the Kindle do what it does
  2. 2. best: reading.Amazon has improved on the readability of the device, which by all standards was already verygood. They claim 50% better contrast than any other eReader, better readability under brightsunlight, and some new improved fonts to read your books with.The physical device itself has also been improved. The size of the Kindle has been reduced whilemaintaining the same dimensions for the reading area. The battery life has also not beenneglected. A simple charge can last up to one month.The capacity for the Kindle 3 is now 3500 books which can be down loaded in under 60 seconds.Wi-Fi is added to the 3G as a way of connecting with your Kindle so that you can browse theAmazon bookstore and the net with the new web-kit based browser.Kindle 3 - what they left outAfter the release of Apples iPad the expectations for the Kindle were sky-high. In a nut-shellpeople wanted an Amazon iPad. Now that some time has passed, the iPad is a slightly lessattractive as a device for reading books. People are realizing its too heavy to hold for hours, andthe display which is LCD is not easy on the eyes over long periods of time.A lot of people were predicting color screens for the Kindle 3. There was a lot of sense with this,as there are currently a lot of eReaders coming to the market that have color. A non-color devicenext to a color device looks quite dull in comparison. However to include color is not as easy asfirst thought. This would involve leaving the e-Ink technology behind which is responsible for the"book-like" text on the Kindle display. A possibility is that the eInk technology could be radicallyimproved to incorporate color into the display, but Amazon and there R&D teams are not there yet.Another alternative is to use LCD technology as found in the iPad, but then you increase eye-strain over long reading periods and the inability to read in direct sunlight.Touch screen technology was another rumor that was circulation for the Kindle 3. It seems logicalthat readers can flick through the pages of an eBook by swiping screen of their device. Earlier thisyear Amazon brought Touchco, a New York start up that, which specializes in... yes you guessedright... touch screen technology. It seems that Amazon is moving in that direction, or at leastinvestigating the possibility to include this type of interface in the future.Lastly, another conspicuous absence is innovation. Amazon was 100% right to focus on the corefeatures for the Kindle. However, it could have added at least one new innovative feature to thedevice. The eReader market is no longer a side-show; its a central part of Amazons strategy andsales volumes. Ebook sales have passed hard-cover sales, and the CEO of Amazon Jeff Bezos,recently predicted that eBook sales will exceed paperbacks in the next 12 months. Given theimportance of this market and the resources to develop these products, it is not unreasonable toexpect the unexpected. A possible example of a new innovation might be to develop the socialnetworking functionality for the Kindle. The Kindle has integrated networking with Facebook andTwitter, however there exists a lot more scope within the social networking for people who arepassionate about authors or subject areas and want to share their thoughts about what they read.Another example could be location based services, where content is delivered to your Kindle
  3. 3. depending on where you are in the world. These are just a couple of examples, which may not beeven practical after a "real-life" analysis has been conducted, but they do show that the Kindlecould think out of its new graphite colored box, and get more creative.Kindle 4?The Kindle 3 has successfully improved on an already mature product, in response to increasingtough market conditions and growing consumer demands. While the Kindle 3 will not surpassexpectations, it nevertheless provides an improved reading experience that will not disappoint. JeffBezos recently declared that the Kindle is in for the long haul and that he expects that there will bedozens more generations of Kindle ahead. Lets hope that the Kindle 4 will do that little bit morethan the Kindle 3.Christopher Auriol is an author for, your one-stop shop for information about theAmazon Kindle. Visit for more information about the Kindle 3 and an impartialcomparison of eReaders available on the market. Kindle Ready also provides information onKindle resources and where to find Kindle content.Article Source: ====Hello from user. Kindle ====