Kindle for the iPad

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    Less then two weeks to launch date and Amazon has released the first glimpse of the new Kindle App for the iPad. According to Engaget:

    {Source: Engadget}
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    Here are a few more pics:

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    I got the Kindle for my Imac over the weekend. On my Imac, I didn't like it because it won't do both pages on the same page. I do hope it is like the pic above when I get my IPad. I downloaded the ereader for Barnes and Nobles. Already read one book and started the second one. I really want to use my Ipad to read books.
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    Smart move by Amazon. The Kindle looked like an old Soviet Vacuum Cleaner compared to the iPad, but their book App looks slick. Competition is good for the consumer. With Amazon, Barnse & Noble and Apple having competing books stores, we are going to be the winner.
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    Does this mean that Amazon is throwing in the towel on their hardware?
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    That would be the most profitable decision for them...all profit no overhead. Remember Amazon is a retailer, not a gadget company. They were about to start handing out kindles for free to prime members. Makes more sense to make an app.
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    You would think that Amazon would move quickly to get more Kindles out there, some of these people just want to read books and the Kindle may be the best thing for them and that would lock them into Amazon.
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    also based on those pictures there I would say it looks like you can go to kindle or B&N bookstore to buy your books but it looks like you will have a common bookshelf to read them, since the reader app looks identical to the iBook reader app. If this is the case that would be great! If you can't find it in one store go to the next and so on, you can comparison shop, but the end result will be identical. That way they can all come up with ways to entice customers like video and motion graphics in book.
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    This is good news - I bought a Kindle over Christmas and it's been very useful - but this new interface looks sweet!

    I didn't see any mention in the article as to how the connection would work - especially with the 3G models since the wireless on the Kindle is free - but uses Sprint.
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    LOL

    I have been living with my Kindle2 for months and love it. The portability and similarity to a printed page are big plusses for me.

    Try laying in bed and holding an IPAD in one hand while reading at night. I dont think it will work for a lot of us.

    The IPAD has a lot going for it but being the perfect book reader for all occasions is not one for me. I will use both but for different purposes.

    I can already access my library on my IPHONE for when I am waiting to see the doctor or what ever.

    I just dont see the IPAD being a truely portable device. Hell I already had to replace the screen on my IPHONE once and it fits in my pocket.
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    I guess it depends on what you call portable.

    If you want it to be portable like a cell phone then no.

    If you want to go out in the back yard and surf and read, or read on the train, the plane or car then it is portable. If you carry a purse, briefcase or backpack it is portable.

    Everyone seems to get caught up in what it isn't. It is not a 27" iMac or a business laptop, it is not a cell phone. It is an iPad; which may be the next Xerox, Fed Ex or Zip Lock.
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    Exactly. The iPad is not a... because there has never been an iPad yet. It isn't a desktop or laptop replacement. It is a phone replacement. It isn't a TV replacment or a MP3 player replacement. It isn't a book replacement or a magazine/newspaper replacement. It is a combination of all those things but not really 100% encompassing of any of those things.

    I find the iPad about as portable as any old magazine outside of the fact that you can't roll it up but how many people roll up and walk around with magazines on a day-to-day basis anyways? If I'm carrying a magazine with me I have it in a portfolio or a camera/laptop bag much like I will with the iPad.
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    Turn it sideways and it is about the same size as reading a paperback book. What's the problem?
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    Content is King

    I look forward to access from every source; this will serve all along the retail path and be good for all.
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    Precisely Finnedog! We won't know the boundaries of the ipad until we learn from each other on this and other forums. I also think that, with other new types of devices / technologies - one of the main problems has historically been a lack of newly developed software that fits the platform. I think we'll probably be operating in a reverse situation with the iPad.
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    I have gotten the Kindle reader app for my iTouch, and also have other reader apps for it. I am reading several different books on my iTouch, each one on a different reader. I find the iTouch is good when I'm on the go & try to snatch a few pages when I can. I'm retired and drive a School Bus twice a day, so the Touch is perfect size for a pocket. But if I'm going on an all day Field Trip that involves hours of just waiting around, the iPad would be great. I just plug in to the bus plug-in and I'm good for hours for music, books, podcasts, TV and now with the iPad, movies and the internet! I've about convinced my self to go with the 3G version for those times when I'm stuck in the bus at a rural football game or at a UIL competition. I'll just have to be creative about ways to enjoy it out on my own, without all the other drivers trying to watch over my shoulder!
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    I plan to use both my Kindle (for reading) and iPad (for office+). With the Kindle app, I can sync my Kindle and my iPad to the same page of whatever book I'm reading and read some at work if I choose, but I really like the Kindle for reading. I know if I read on my iPod Touch for a couple of hours my eyes are bleary...that could be because it's small or because it's backlit. Not sure.
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    Turn it sideways and it is about the same size as reading a paperback book. What's the problem?[/QUOTE]

    For me, its not portable, its luggable. I have 4 laptops of varying degrees of portability and capability and do not need a "fragile" glass faced device that I have to worry about dropping or breaking.

    It is too big to be held in one hand conveniently for long periods of time while reading. I like to read in bed and on the airplane. The smaller size of the IPONE or the Kindle along with lighter weight works fine for me.

    Personally I think that the IPAD is aimed at non-computer users. Its designed to be dumbed down so it is optimized for semi literate non-computer users. It opens up a new market for them.

    From a marketing viewpoint they dont want to kill their other successful paroducts. It needs to be differentiated from the higher end IPODs and Iphone. I dont see it being buffed to the point where it will compete with their laptops either.

    I think that there were a lot of dicsussions about "why" before they locked down the configuration of the IPAD. It makes no sense to invest a ton of money in bringing out a new product that just kills off other successful devices that are already far down the profit curve. The return on investment is bad.

    I can see the IPAD being attractive to early adopters, hell we will buy anything that looks cool and has a display . .. just because. Then figure out what to do with it later.

    But I think its really directed at least initially at grandma who wants to see the grandkids pictures and is afraid or unwilling to learn how to use a Mac. Its designed to be an appliance like device. Push the right button on the pretty screen and you can see the kids pictures. Easy.

    I can also see Apple watching the data carefully and at some point deciding to bring out an IPAD2 or 3 that starts to bring in the capabilities of a low - mid range laptop. I could even see a gradual migration to the IPAD becoming the new standard for a laptop, but I think it will have to change to get there.

    People who are power users, business users spend hours a day typing on a keyboard. No keyboard means they will NOT adopt it as a laptop replacement. It needs to have a real, high quality keyboard and mouse to be a laptop replacement.

    It needs to be truely portable and that means some kind of integral protection for the display.

    It needs to have a mouse and usb ports and sound and if you go that far it needs HDMI.

    But I think that is for later. They are purposly limiting its functionality right now and watching where to take it next.

    I have decided to wait another couple of months to see what the next IPAD looks like, if the price comes down like the IPHONE did and how Dell and others react. If Dell or HP actually bring out a true tablet PC with business capability it will be very attractive. Unfortunately I dont think that will happen and I am still thinking its an IPAD for me, but it will be mostly for my wife who is not a power user and a netbook replacement for her.
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    For me, its not portable, its luggable. I have 4 laptops of varying degrees of portability and capability and do not need a "fragile" glass faced device that I have to worry about dropping or breaking.

    It is too big to be held in one hand conveniently for long periods of time while reading. I like to read in bed and on the airplane. The smaller size of the IPONE or the Kindle along with lighter weight works fine for me.

    Personally I think that the IPAD is aimed at non-computer users. Its designed to be dumbed down so it is optimized for semi literate non-computer users. It opens up a new market for them.

    From a marketing viewpoint they dont want to kill their other successful paroducts. It needs to be differentiated from the higher end IPODs and Iphone. I dont see it being buffed to the point where it will compete with their laptops either.

    I think that there were a lot of dicsussions about "why" before they locked down the configuration of the IPAD. It makes no sense to invest a ton of money in bringing out a new product that just kills off other successful devices that are already far down the profit curve. The return on investment is bad.

    I can see the IPAD being attractive to early adopters, hell we will buy anything that looks cool and has a display . .. just because. Then figure out what to do with it later.

    But I think its really directed at least initially at grandma who wants to see the grandkids pictures and is afraid or unwilling to learn how to use a Mac. Its designed to be an appliance like device. Push the right button on the pretty screen and you can see the kids pictures. Easy.

    I can also see Apple watching the data carefully and at some point deciding to bring out an IPAD2 or 3 that starts to bring in the capabilities of a low - mid range laptop. I could even see a gradual migration to the IPAD becoming the new standard for a laptop, but I think it will have to change to get there.

    People who are power users, business users spend hours a day typing on a keyboard. No keyboard means they will NOT adopt it as a laptop replacement. It needs to have a real, high quality keyboard and mouse to be a laptop replacement.

    It needs to be truely portable and that means some kind of integral protection for the display.

    It needs to have a mouse and usb ports and sound and if you go that far it needs HDMI.

    But I think that is for later. They are purposly limiting its functionality right now and watching where to take it next.

    I have decided to wait another couple of months to see what the next IPAD looks like, if the price comes down like the IPHONE did and how Dell and others react. If Dell or HP actually bring out a true tablet PC with business capability it will be very attractive. Unfortunately I dont think that will happen and I am still thinking its an IPAD for me, but it will be mostly for my wife who is not a power user and a netbook replacement for her.[/QUOTE]

    Have you held one in your hand to validate those comments? At 1.5 lbs I don't think it will be all that much of a strain. As far as I can tell it is no bigger nor heavier than a hardcover book and a lot thinner. Yet books are considered the ultimate portable media. Get a case to protect it...the binder case apple is selling is reinforced and soft on the inside to not scratch the screen. Wouldn't be any more inconvenient than carrying a periodical...throw it in a bag or briefcase, or carry it under your arm. I think you are overthinking what the device is and how large it is....it's not big at all.
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    ummm, ok my last post came in really weird and the edit button is missing...so this was my part to make it easier to read.

    Have you held one in your hand to validate those comments? At 1.5 lbs I don't think it will be all that much of a strain. As far as I can tell it is no bigger nor heavier than a hardcover book and a lot thinner. Yet books are considered the ultimate portable media. Get a case to protect it...the binder case apple is selling is reinforced and soft on the inside to not scratch the screen. Wouldn't be any more inconvenient than carrying a periodical...throw it in a bag or briefcase, or carry it under your arm. I think you are overthinking what the device is and how large it is....it's not big at all.
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