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10 Reasons Kindle Will Fail: An Instructive List from 2007

Back in November of 2007, Center Networks published a long list of reasons that the new Amazon Kindle would fail. To be completely honest, this GalleyCat editor was a little skeptical back then as well.

It is instructive to look back at our failed predictions, reminding ourselves that many of the digital pronouncements we make today will probably be wrong in five more years. What will publishing look like in five years? Who cares? Let’s worry about what we can do right now.

Here are a few of our favorite reasons why one writer thought Kindle would fail in 2007. What do you think?

“It’s big and ugly – it’s no sleek iPhone.”
“Be a big hit with the ladies when you whip out your Kindle. “Hey Baby, I read!”
“$399 to have the privilege of then buying books to read on the device? Can I get a Fail Fail?”

eBook blogger Mike Cane spotted the list floating around the blogosphere.

10 Months In, A Tepid Response to the Sony Reader

The Sony Reader may have arrived with serious splash ten months ago, but as Business Week reports, reviews of the tiny handheld book-reading device have been tepid at best, and Sony has consistently declined to release sales figures, which just might tell you something. Many users say they are unhappy with the interface (too many buttons and not intuitive) and complain that books for the Reader can only be purchased at Sony’s online service, Connect. Less than a tenth of the titles on the shelves of your average Barnes & Noble or Borders are available at Connect. Lisa Phillips, a vice-president at Random House Direct who received her Sony Reader as a gift last December, is turned off by Sony’s closed system. “An open format where you could go to different places and not just use their system would be helpful,” she says.

So Sony has decided to roll out with a few bells and whistles, especially on the marketing front. The price has been cut by $50 and Sony is offering new buyers, who are also registered Connect users, credit for 100 free classic titles, such as GREAT EXPECTATIONS and MOBY DICK. “In terms of timing, with people going back to school, there is a lot of interest in classic literature,” said Jim Malcolm, director of marketing for Sony Electronics. “It gives people an incentive to buy.” They also plan a more targeted approach to travelers instead of the broad-based campaigns of old. But will it work? With Amazon fast approaching with its own reader, Kindle, Sony might be left behind – or the battle for e-book readers’ eyeballs may rage for quite some time…

Amazon’s Kindle Ready to Launch?

Rumors circulating back in April that Kindle, Amazon’s e-reader, would be launched in the spring didn’t pan out, but Publishers Marketplace reported on its home page yesterday that plans are definitely afoot for some kind of launch – even if it’s taking place in the most obscure way possible.

PM discovered metadata streams from the e-tailer that list “Kindle Edition” offerings for a variety of books, newspapers and magazines including the NY Times, the Washington Post, Le Monde, the Independent, Forbes, Newsweek, Time, the Boston Globe, FAZ, and the Denver Post. There is a single live link at the moment for a Kindle Edition of the Wall Street Journal–offered for one dollar, with a “subscribe now with 1-click” button. The WSJ product page also provides a glimpse of a new “Search: Digital Text” dropdown menu that does not appear on the rest of the site yet. So is this something deep in the works or, as Michael Cader terms it, “ghost data in the machine”? No one’s gone on record yet, and two publishing executives indicated to PM that the launch is not expected until this fall at the earliest. So it seems that Amazon isn’t ready to kindle its e-reader flame quite just yet…

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