When we took a look at Kindle v1.0 back in October, we realized we were witnessing the start of something amazing. It reminded us of when we were introduced to the first 128K Mac in 1984 and the first-gen iPod in 2001. Like the 128K Mac and the first-gen iPod, the v1.0 Kindle was well designed, thought out, and fully functional. Like the 128K Mac and the first-gen iPod, we believe the v1.0 Kindle is a "game-changing" product.
Amazon has listened to the feedback of v1.0 users and have rev'ed the Kindle to address some of the issues the v1.0 users had. Yesterday, the UPS guy dropped off v2.0 of the Amazon Kindle at the RainyDayMagazine office. The Kindle came packaged in a style similar to products from Apple.
There is not much to the Kindle package (reader, cord/adapter, quick start guide). This is a good thing. This kind of device needs to be as simple to use as a book. It was. There wasn't any assembly, configuration, or initialization required. It just worked.
We are going to try to stay out of the path of this Swine Flu thing by staying home, curling up with the Kindle, and catching up on some reading. We will have a full FirstLook/FirstUse report by this weekend. A look at some of the accessories available for the Kindle2 will follow later in May.
There are already more than 250,000 books available in the Kindle Store on Amazon. We predict that, like Mac and the iPod, the Kindle will stimulate the creation of a rich ecosystem of associated products and accessories. Welcome to the future of reading. [Permalink]- Unpacking the Kindle2