Having listened to and read many of the kindle discussion, I have identified six issues that I think Kindle will need to address if it is going to live up to its much “hyped” expectations.
1. “Next page” and “Previous Page” buttons constantly gets in the way and cause inadvertent turning of the book pages. This is very annoying and must be addressed quickly. If Kindle is going to do for books what Ipod did for music, this is a must fix.
2. Wireless Access only in Whispernet “hot” areas. If not in one of these areas, you must
download books, magazines, and Newspapers via computer. Not good at all. The number of”hot” areas must quickly increase to make it worth the price. International wireless
accessibility must be addressed as well.
3. Kindle Books may be a bit pricey compared to a lot of paperback versions. If you are willing to wait, you may be able to march down to the local book store and find the same books being offered at the Kindle store at the “So called” discount price, for less. Of course, these are the paper back versions. But then again, the difference may be justifiable by the fact that Kindle offers the convenience of accessing these books anywhere and at anytime. Plus,the ability to have 200 titles at your fingertips in one small package. Now that’s cool.
4. Because the books you buy at the Kindle store are account specific, you cannot loan a book you’ve already read to a friend. Certainly, it would be nice to be able to do the opposite, since, it is your book that you bought with your money. You should be able to do whatever you want with it.
5. Limited ability to sort or arrange the books you already read in the library. Once you read a book, you may have to remove it to make place for another if you need space. However, you are not able to archive the titles of the book for future reference. Once deleted, it is all gone. I think that you should at least be able to archive the titles of each book, since the titles themselves does not use up that much space.
6. Very limited ability to display PDF files. In experimental phase. Not sure how long this will be, but is definitely a problem that needs to be addressed very quickly while the Kindle concept is “hot.” You really don’t want people to forget about Kindle when dealing with PDF formatted documents since most documents are in PDF format. Not sure why this issue was not address prior to the Kindle release.
so there you have it. Six very important, among other, that immediately hops to mind when assessing Kindle. Issues that must be address if Kindle is going to become the electronic reading device that it is expected to become.