Kindle: First Impressions

The Amazon Kindle is not the ultimate eBook reader, but it is a giant step in the right direction. After using one heavily over the last 24 hours, I have found much that I like, things I don’t like, and a clearer vision for what the next eBook device should include.

kindle sitting on top of a traditional newspaper

Interestingly, most of the people complaining about the Kindle have not even tried it. It is almost as if the mere existence of the device—and it’s possible impact on traditional books—affects them in some strange, primal way.At any rate, I have now read almost an entire book on the Kindle. Appropriately enough, I started with Print Is Dead by Jeff Gomez. (I hope to review the book in a subsequent post.) I have also downloaded The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, because I also want to experience a novel on the Kindle. I will report back once I have finished both books.

It’s important to state at the outset that the Kindle is not so much an eBook as it is a portable bookstore. By itself, it’s not that unique. It is certainly not a major advance over, say, the Sony Reader. But the device is only half the equation. The fact that it is connected wirelessly to Amazon’s bookstore is what gives the Kindle its edge and makes it different from everything that has gone before.

Several people have written dogmatically that this device will never catch on. They may be right; only time will tell. But Amazon sold out their complete inventory on the first day. They are not saying how many units they sold, but suffice it to say there is more demand for this than either they or the naysayers thought.

What I Like About Kindle

Here are the features I like in no particular order:

  • Packaging. Not much has been made of the packaging, but Amazon clearly took a page out of Apple’s playbook. The Kindle comes in an elegant white box. Each component is neatly wrapped in a thin translucent paper. My excitement only grew is I unbundled it. (You can watch Robert Scoble unbox his here.)
  • Pre-Configured. Once I got the unit unpacked, I flipped it on, ignoring the advice to charge it first. To my surprise, it was already fully charged. It was also pre-configured. The first thing I saw was a personalized letter from Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, to me. The device was attached to my Amazon account and one-click ordering was enabled. Getting started was completely hassle-free.
  • Display. The display really is great. It has the look and feel of paper. Photographs of the device don’t do it justice. It is only black and white, but for now that will do. Most of the books I read are not in color any way, so this is not a big deal. It does render line drawings and photographs in four levels of grayscale. When you put the Kindle in sleep mode, it displays one of several random pen-and-ink screen-savers, all of them harkening back to some author or an artifact of publishing. This is a very nice touch.
  • Look-and-Feel. The Kindle weighs just 10.2 oz. I like the way it feels in my hand. It is about the weight and size of a paperback book. Several times, I curled up in a chair or sofa and read with it. Jeff Bezos says that, like a book, Amazon’s design goal was for the device to disappear from your consciousness so that you could interact directly with the content. Based on my experience so far, they have achieved their objective. I quickly forgot that I was reading on an eBook reader and simply got lost in the content.
  • Connectivity. As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, the EVDO connectivity is the killer feature. Amazon advertises that downloads take less than a minute. In my experience, they took about 20-30 seconds. Literally, from the time I clicked the “buy” button to the time I got back to the home screen, the book was there. This takes impulse purchases to a whole new level. (Maybe this isn’t such a good idea!)

    The fact that you can sample the book first (something I have now tried with several books) makes the browsing and buying experience similar to what you might experience in-store—sans the social aspect. And, of course, connectivity is free. There are no additional charges.

  • Carrying Case. Some have said they don’t like this, but I disagree. It resembles my Moleskine journal, which I carry everywhere I go. It even has the elastic, wrap-around band to keep it closed during transport. It feels very familiar and “bookish.” My only complaint is that the case depress the keys if you don’t put the Kindle in sleep mode first.
  • Other Documents. You can put your own documents on Kindle. And, contrary to many reports on the net, I was able to add PDF documents with no trouble. You simply email the documents as attachments to your Kindle.com email address. Amazon converts the document to their proprietary format and sends it to your Kindle. They charge 10 cents for each document. Alternatively, Amazon will return it to the email you address you sent the document from and you can load it on the Kindle yourself via the USB connection. (I haven’t tried this.)
  • Experimental Browser. Amazon provides an experimental browser that I found quite adequate for most Web browsing. It will not replace Safari on my laptop, simply because it doesn’t display pages in color, and it’s a little slower than true broadband. However, it is sufficient for quick lookups and for following in-text links.
  • Kindle NowNow. One of the most surprising features that has received very little coverage is “NowNow.” You essentially email a question—any question—to Amazon and in less than 5 minutes real humans respond with an answer. For example, I asked, “What are the top-ranked journalism schools in the U.S.?” Within about two minutes, I received two messages, each with Web links for further information. I then asked, “How do you brine a turkey?” (Don’t ask me what that means; my daughter asked the question.) Again, within a few minutes they sent me step-by-step instructions. I suppose I could do this myself via Google, but this was still impressive.

What I Don’t Like About Kindle

Overall, I like the Kindle. I can honestly see myself reading most of my books on this device. This is the first time I have been willing to say that. Time will tell. However, there is still room for improvement.

  • The Overall Design. Anyone who creates a device like this is going to be compared to Apple. Steve Jobs and his crew have set the bar high for consumer electronics. Consequently, anyone venturing into this field should take as their motto “WWSD”—“what would Steve do?”

    One of the things that has made the iPod so successful is its form factor. As much as it is a music player, it is a fashion accessory. People like being seen with these devices. I don’t think the Kindle rises to that level. It almost has a retro feel to it. It reminds me of an old HP calculator. It’s not embarrassing, but it didn’t illicit from my family members the kinds of “oohs” and “aahs” that almost every Apple product does.

  • Page Formatting. The Kindle is great for reading straight text, but it is not so good for heavily-formatted books. For starters, because you can change the font size of the text on the fly, you can’t guarantee where things will be positioned on the virtual page. For me, this is an acceptable trade-off, because I love the ability to change the text size.

    Also, the Kindle “block justifies” everything. Unfortunately, it doesn’t make use of hyphenation, so this creates some weird spacing issues, especially when the font is large. It’s not a big deal, but it is the kind of detail that Apple would not have missed.

  • User-Interface. The iPhone has spoiled me. It has raised the bar for how I interact with machines. It is so intuitive and natural. Contrary to this, the Kindle is a bit of a throw-back. The scroll wheel is okay, but you can’t scroll horizontally. As a result, you must highlight an entire line. If you want to lookup a word, you have to lookup all the words on a given line. It takes a bit of getting used to.

    There is also a noticeable lag when typing. And, of course, unlike the iPhone, the keyboard is always there, not just when you need it. The Previous Page and Next Page buttons are also so big that it is easily to press them accidently and unintentionally advance the page. I am getting used to it, but there must be a better way to make this work.

  • Book Selection. The Kindle bookstore boasts almost 90,000 books available for download. However, there are some surprising omissions. Some of my favorite business books are not yet available. This is probably the fault of short-sighted publishers, or perhaps agents and authors, but it is a little frustrating. Hopefully, now that they see the potential they will jump on-board and thousands more will soon be available. I hope so.

Conclusion

As much as I would love for Apple to build the ultimate device, I don’t think it will happen. Why? Because even if they did, they would only have one half of the equation—the device. To really make it successful, they would need access to the content. And, this takes relationships with publishers, something Amazon has and Apple doesn’t.

This is also why Amazon has taken three years to get this product to market. It has taken that long to get the Luddite-minded publishers on-board. (I say this as one of them.) Apple has not been talking to us at Thomas Nelson, and we are one of the largest publishers in the country. So I have to assume they aren’t talking to anyone else either.

Some have suggested that Apple could just partner with Google and offer the thousands of books that Google has scanned from major libraries. You can be sure that won’t happen. Authors and agents already have a major lawsuit against Google. If Google—or Apple—tried to use this material without compensating authors and publishers, they would be buried in thousands of lawsuits.

So for now, Amazon is the best hope for really creating a break-through device. I hope they can make it work. The possibilities are very exciting. But regardless, I believe they have moved the ball forward in a major way. We are closer than ever to a digital replacement for the book.

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  • http://www.colleencoble.com colleen Coble

    Super review, Mike! Sounds very interesting.

  • http://www.deardino.wordpress.com dino

    I haven’t had the opportunity to use the Kindle. I love the idea, and i think it is by far the best step in the right direction. I unfortunately agree with you about apple’s difficulty with creating the killer device in this department, i say unfortunately because I am an advocate of flexibility and mobility. I dont like the idea of having to pay 10c to convert my pdf documents into a proprietary format only to have them emailed to another email account. I would love to be able to convert back and forth between the kindle and a pdf on my computer. I would also love to be able to copy and past references or passages from the book. (reference books for example). Maybe this will eventually take the same direction as music has, it will begin, as it has, by being completely proprietary and eventually I will be able to pay some premium for a “DRM”-free version that will allow me to be more flexible and be able to do all the things i would like to.

    I have many more thoughts, but i feel you have done a great job in providing an insightful look at what this device is all about, the value it provides and where it falls short.

  • Dean

    For many book lovers the Kindle looks like that digital breakthrough that everyone has been waiting for. From the reviews I’ve read, the people that have actually tried the device are pleasantly surprise how good it is.

    I’m thinking about getting the Kindle. I’m a voracious reader, reading 1-2 books a week. I also buy most of my books on Amazon (I have a prime account). I’m probably a perfect target audience for the Kindle.

    The biggest problem I have with the Kindle is its proprietary file (.azw) format that it saves all its books in. What happens if the Kindle never really takes off and down the road Amazon decides to discontinue the Kindle and you’re stuck with hundreds of books that can only be read on this proprietary device? Don’t forget about Apple. What if Apple comes up with a tablet sized version of the iPhone that blows away the Kindle and every other e-book reader on the market? If you are presently using the Sony Reader and now want to switch to the Kindle are all you books on the Sony Reader useless? Unless someone comes up with a way to convert the .azw files to another format you’re stuck, unless you want to repurchase your books again in a different file format.

    In way, this is similar to the progression of the record business which went from vinyl to eight track tape to cassette tape to cd’s and now digital files. Many of us probably bought the same album over and over in the newest format. Are we going to end up doing this with books? If you buy a book, or a record for that matter, in a particular format, should that entitle you not to have to pay for it in another format? What if you buy a hard copy of the book at Amazon, shouldn’t you be able to get the digital format for less than the $9.99 digital price?

    I still may buy the Kindle, but I think Amazon is going to have to carry a lot more than just 90,000 books. Like Michael, I’m a big business book reader and it doesn’t even have Good to Great, one of the best business books of all-time. In fact, most of the books on Michael’s reading list is not available for the Kindle. I also think having color is what going to really help get the e-book reader off the ground. Many books, like art books, cookbooks, atlases, etc just are not going to look very good in grayscale. Travel books also would be a perfect fit for the Kindle. Instead of having to lug a bunch of guidebooks around on your next trip you could have them all on the Kindle. But I couldn’t find any guidebooks in the Kindle store. No Fodor’s, Zagats, Frommers, Rough Guides, etc.

    One can only wish!

  • http://www.saturatedmarket.net/ Jason

    Sounds pretty nifty, I’ve been watching its launch for some time now. I still don’t know, though. Maybe I am one of those naysayers, but I’m wary of any kind of digital print, simply from a comfort level. Whether on a CRT, LCD, or any other type of computer screen, my eyes can only take so much, there’s just a lot of added strain that I don’t encounter on paper.

    As a proponent of the digital book and a Kindle owner, how do you find the readability? Is it similar to a computer screen or have they made some advancement over that technology?

  • Karen

    Mike,
    You may be right about “Books are Dead” due to devices like the Kindle. However, not everyone will embrace this technology, and so I believe print books will still remain viable for years.
    If I may play devil’s advocate, Mike, if books are dead, then bookstores are dead, and could it be that publishers are soon dead, too?
    Might there be authors who say “I don’t really need a publisher anymore. I’ll just write my book and download it to Amazon myself.”?
    And there are also the issues of illegal downloading, as has happened with music.
    All in all, I think the verdict on devices like Kindle is still out.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  • http://tunz4jesus.wordpress.com/ tunz

    Was looking for a visual demonstration and found a video on YouTube hosted by Mhyatt18. ;) I think I might enjoy the Kindle but would miss my bookstore experience which is a significant part of my joy of reading. Thanks for the post.

  • http://www.patalexander.com Pat A

    Mike,

    I am so excited about receiving my Kindle but must wait until the end of November due to the demand. I travel a great deal and I can’t tell you how many times I have left without a book or finished before my return home or want to read something that is a tome and too heavy to carry. I see this as the great answer to all of these issues. Thank you for your great post today on what you like and don’t like.

    My friends and family know me as the gadgitgirl so no one will be surprised when they see me with this new device.

    It sounds like I will be experiencing an early Christmas on the day I receive my Kindle. The problem is I will be out of town the day it arrives. But look what will be waiting on my return. My husband is sure it will be more important than him.

    Happy Thanksgiving

  • http://www.danielliterarygroup.com Greg Daniel

    Mike, thanks for the excellent review. I’m tempted. But you didn’t mention a couple things that are actually my biggest objections. First, the lack of the library factor. That is, there are many of us who read 500-1000 books a year, and we read most of those by checking them out from our local public library (which, by the way, Nashville has an excellent system, enabling Nashvillians to request a book from any of the local libraries in the area, and have it sent to our closest branch) since the cost of buying that many books a year would be prohibitive for most and then there’s the storage issue in our homes. So, I’m reading those 1000 books a year mostly for free. Not spending $9.99 a book, as Kindle charges. The fact that you can’t temporarily “check out” a book for free on Kindle by downloading it from your library means that many of us will stick to the low-cost alternative–traditional books at our traditional library. Second, and again this is my frugality speaking, I can’t help but worry that in a couple years my Kindle will die the death that all electronic devices eventually die(don’t get me started on how many iPods my daughters have gone through because they haven’t lasted more than a year or two before breaking), so now I’m going to have to purchase ANOTHER Kindle to keep enjoying the books I’ve purchased. Ugh.

  • http://historyandhope.com M.L. Eqatin

    I cannot comment on the device, not having tried it. But I have been digesting the implications, and to my mind, the largest one is this: digital availability of a sufficient number of titles. I remember when VHS and Betamax first came out, and there were not very many movies you could buy to play on these new gadgets. Eventually there was a tipping point, and everything became available. Now the time between DVD release and theater release is getting constantly shorter.
    When I saw the post on the Espresso Book Machine, I got quite excited about its promise to save the ‘local shopping experience’. But as I thought about it, I realized that it couldn’t catch on until enough titles were available in a format it could use.
    A good enough ebook reader, with, more importantly, the kind of clout Amazon has behind it, will push enough books into digital availability to drive the espresso book machines (always assuming they work out a deal with Amazon — and they will) into a viable position. Then we can have it any way we want it: go to a physical place to handle real books (samples) and have physical books produced on the spot with instant availability and a huge selection; or use the virtual bookstore with your ebook reader.
    Now for the other issue: digital music has killed the record stores and made the record labels far less important. The content generators (musicians) have instant access to their consumer. It means that there is more market for all, but fewer blockbusters and little money outside of personal appearances. The big labels are sinking so fast, they may already be gone and I haven’t noticed.
    How can publishing, as an industry, adapt to a market where writers can reach readers without the need for a middleman, as they are currently doing with blogs? I see more books sold, but fewer big names; less money for the content generators, and an ever-shrinking role for the middleman.
    I know that within the industry there is a lot of talk about ‘credibility’ given by a publisher, but I think that is a function of being too close. Before I started thinking about ‘the publishing industry’ I never bothered about who published a book, only who wrote it and what was inside it. All the lay readers I’ve checked on are in exactly the same space. And I can’t think of one good reason why they should care.
    Anyway, the Kindle seems like the tipping point for the book industry. The long tail has arrived.

  • http://joeelylean.blogspot.com Joe Ely

    Mike, thanks for the great review. I’m fascinated by this device. For me, it would be even bigger to get the Wall Street Journal every morning, whereever I am, and having it there with no paper to get rid of later. That trumps the lack of availability.

    My other comment on content…I found only the King James Version of the Bible available on the Kindle Book List. Does this mean Zondervan has not released the NIV to Kindle? If I could drop the Bible onto Kindle, in the translation I use, I’d be there in a heartbeat. Would welcome your comments on that.

    Happy Thanksgiving…I’m thankful for your openness and availability.

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

    Joe,

    The NIV Bible is indeed available on Kindle. This is the ASIN: B000FC2KBU or you can click here.

    Mike

  • http://www.lawrencewilson.com Lawrence W. Wilson

    I’m still interested in trying the Kindle, but the most telling part of your review was the negative comment on look and feel.

    People love holding their iPods.

    And most of the negativity about e-reading surrounds the fear of losing the tactile experience of holding a book.

    That’ll be the great advance in e-readers … when they are as enjoyable to hold as is a book.

  • http://wiki.ubuntu.com/JamesStansell James Stansell

    Hi Michael,

    This is my first time to see your blog and I like it a lot. I’m also one of the people that hasn’t seen the Kindle – all I know directly about it is what I’ve read on your blog today.

    I have a life-long love of reading. I’ve also studied computer software for nearly 30 years. From that perspective it’s hard to get excited about a gadget that is lacking in it’s software design.

    First, I want to note some things that I like about what I’ve read. The ease-of-use sounds very high. The quick download times sound nice. The preview before buying is very good. The team that put this together must be top-notch and deserves a lot of praise.

    Perhaps the smaller problem with the Kindle is that it’s disjoint both from the printed book and the established digital setups. So if I want a copy of some of the books already in my library I’ll have to buy them again, assuming they’re even available. On the other side, if I want to read the digital book on my larger computer screen, or quote passages, or any number of other creative things that are possible with other digital technologies, I won’t be able to.

    That leads into a larger issue – proprietary software and formats. People are gradually beginning to wakeup to the fact that proprietary lock-in comes at a much higher price than is acceptable from a free marketplace. It limits both the short-term possibilities and the long-term viability of the information.

    On top of that the review of the device at Amazon indicates that it uses a DRM method to try to prevent people from working around the above problems. So far all DRM attempts have been failures and all the best thinkers are concluding that DRM is a still-born idea. More on that in a minute.

    Another problem is that this gives Amazon a monopoly on Kindle material. Even if I was the most contented Amazon customer that still leads to problems. As soon as they become unwilling or unable to provide a book I want at a price I’m willing to pay the Kindle becomes worth less to me. I’m also uncomfortable that they’re tied only to Sprint’s network.

    This device sounds like quite an attempt. But no matter what its capabilities are, it seems there are a host of issues that leave it unsuitable for mass adoption.

    So what will it take to “kill the book?” Or to rephrase the question, what will finally transform traditional publishing? I think it will take a changed understanding of copyright.

    Just last month a nationally recognized TV host had a nationally recognized writer as a guest. The writer was giving some financial advice to another guest, who had amassed a large collection of DVD’s. The advice was to copy all of them onto his computer and then sell the collection on EBay. The writer had no qualms suggesting this and the host thought nothing of hearing it.

    Here you have two very smart and successful people. They are actually part of the “media” industry but at a basic level they don’t believe the line that a user’s copying of digital files is wrong or improper.

    Until publishers can internalize that idea there will be no real changes in the industry. It will take much courage and creativity. Some people claim that the existing leaders in the industry are incapable of the change and they could be right. Personally I’d like to think that at least a few will be able to manage it.

    Regards,

    -james.

  • http://www.timothyfish.net Timothy Fish

    When Spock came back from the dead, he refused to talk about death. Bones responded by saying something like, “You mean I have to die before we can talk about your thoughts on death?”

    We can neither expect people to die before they decide whether they want to die nor expect them to buy the Kindle before they determine whether they want to spend $400 for it. If having the device in hand will not change my opinion then it is pointless to spend that much money for a device that I will rarely use.

    Overall, I think an electronic book reader is a good idea and I think that Amazon is in the best position to make it work. This device is consistent with their business model, but it either needs to be cheaper or it needs to be software that will run on the devices people currently use.

    I don’t see people’s objections to the .azw format as being a major concern. For a device like this to work, users must be prevented from the illegal distribution of intellectual property. In the future, we may see Amazon pushing out updates to books when a publisher realizes that a book contains an error that needs to be corrected or if the next version of the device requires a different file format. In a similar fashion, if another format becomes the standard or defacto standard for electronic book publishing then I would expect that Amazon would offer a service (either free or for a small fee, depending on the agreement with publishers) that would allow users to convert their books into the new format. It is not in Amazon’s best interest to force their customers to rebuy books, but rather to encourage them to buy books that they have not read.

  • http://radar.oreilly.com/archives/2007/11/kindle_fundamen.html O’Reilly Radar

    Kindle Fundamentals

    Many of the conversations over the release of the Kindle have focused on its features, or perceived lack thereof; there has been some discussion of what reading might become, or how authorship might change. I was impressed with the rather…

  • http://www.cyndysalzmann.com Cyndy Salzmann

    Thanks for the review!

    What kept me from clicking the purchase button was concern about compatibilty with the time-limited ebooks I check out from the library in Adobe ebook format. What kept my finger hovering was seeing that my latest release was on the Kindle list. Smart publisher. : )

  • http://colinscroggins.com Colin Scroggins

    Mike: I am a Kindle owner, and I would love to see an NKJV Bible and more John MacArthur commentaries in Kindle format!

  • Douglas Cramer

    Mike: Thanks for the review, fascinating!

    I’m struck by M.L.’s comments above about the future possibilities of “cutting out the middleman” in the publishing industry, along the lines of what seems to be happening in the recording industry. My concern is for the quality of the final product.

    There’s a place for direct-from-the-author writing; blogs are like garage band jam music. But, I’m a professional editor. And I don’t see enough (any) discussion on the long-term impact of technological-driven devaluation of the already downplayed value that the editorial process adds to written works.

    Primarily because of financial factors, I expect, editorial standards have been slipping over the past 20 years. Now this. Editors will need to re-invent themselves for this new world. As a profession, editors need to promote their role in creating great works of writing. I’d love to see a “before and after” marketing campaign showing, say, a few pages of Stephen King’s novels before they were edited.

    Obviously, folks like book cover designers and the whole printing industry will be hard hit if e-books hit the tipping point. But since the contribution of editors is symbiotic with the contribution of writers, editors can thrive in an e-book era, as long as they are savvy and able to continue to convince writers and readers that their contribution to the process results in better, and better-selling, content.

    Bless,
    Doug

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

    Doug,

    Check out the book Print Is Dead by Jeff Gomez. It’s a great read. Even though he sees the triumph as ebooks as inevitable, he sets forth five reasons why publishers will be necessary.

    Thanks,

    Mike

  • Natalie

    Thanks for all this data, Mike. As a sidenote, The Kite Runner is a great book. Send out your thoughts when you’re done — I can’t wait to hear what you thought.

    Natalie

  • K. Thomas

    Mike,

    Thanks for your smart take on the Kindle. As another poster already mentioned, it does seem like those who have used it (besides Scoble and Mossberg) really get a kick out of it. Which is why Amazon probably should have put it in brick-and-mortar stores as well, although they don’t seem to have a problem selling these–just a problem producing enough of them (and they seem to be marketed to people who either don’t leave the house or who do so much traveling they can’t be bothered to wait in line at a traditional store). I am more of a shut-in than a jet-setter, but for both uses I am counting down the days until my Kindle ships (in three weeks). On a recent trip to Ireland, not knowing which titles I would want to refer to, I lugged half the works of Joyce with me, and purchased the other half while I was there…that’s at least 20% of my 50-pound luggage limit.

    I have always loved books, and though I don’t read 10-20 per week like your Nashville poster (!), I imagine the savings on hardcover books will justify the exorbitant cost of the device, which, I must underscore, was the same price I paid for the first-gen iPod, one that never died (or, one does not need to mention, lost support from Apple) for the four and a half years before the size of my music collection led me to replace it. As it is, the cost of new releases, and waiting lists at the library, have made me simply not read them, so I end up watching the National Book Awards on C-SPAN without having read one of the finalists. (Don’t ask me why I seem to have money for devices but not for new books, it must be a generational thing.) I’m looking forward to reading more books as they come out, before Michiko Kakutani has panned them, and before award ceremonies (or Oprah) have made them canonical.

  • Uday

    Idea of e-publishing is pretty good. Recently i found some website http://www.pressmart.net where we can read the news papers, e-magazines, e-journals, etc.

  • Michael Chiang

    Hi Mike,

    I was just wondering if there are any serious plans to publish a NKJV of the Bible on the Amazon Kindle. It seems that there are very few good Bibles on the Kindle of any version, so it might be a good opportunity. Thoughts?

    Thanks,
    Michael

  • http://profile.typekey.com/bedingto/ Bob Edington

    Michael:
    We appreciate your interest in seeing the New King James Version Bible available in the Kindle format. Thomas Nelson is actively working with Amazon to have the NKJV, the NCV (New Century Version) and the ICB (International Children’s Bible) added to the Kindle store. We should expect to see these Bibles available in the next few weeks.

    As a publisher, we truly are excited about the opportunities that the Kindle offers. If you have any additional thoughts, please feel free to contact me directly at redington@thomasnelson.com.

    Bob Edington
    Vice President, Internet Channel
    Thomas Nelson

  • Joel Charbonnet

    The best electronic bibles are study bibles with hyperlinks to other resources. Another strength of electronic study bibles is the automatic synchronization amongst various versions and commentaries. Is the Kindle designed to handle this type of technology? If so, when can we expect to see a full study bible reference for Kindle? Will there be a color Kindle for highlighting, note taking and Red Letter editions? I’m sure all these features would be a minimum for electronic text books as well. Based on the price of the Kindle all these features should have been included. (Apple are you listening?)

    The Kindle would eliminate the awkwardness of using my laptop on domestic and international flights (setting it up, moving it out of the way of someone exiting the row, swapping batteries, etc.). You just can’t beat the convenience of a small form factor reading/reference device in many places. Right now I have to use my PDA cell phone in many places but, the print is so small, and for those of us with aging eye site this is a real problem, even with glasses.

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