the Kindle and the iPhone dance

the Kindle and the iPhone dance

Publishing Frontier

Now that both the Kindle and the iPhone are out, it’s interesting to look at the very similar business strategy behind the two products.

I think most of the E-Ink ebook readers in the market are doomed to failure. They don’t do enough, and what they do, they do poorly. The world gave up on monochrome screens some ten to fifteen years ago; even the New Yorker and the Wall Street Journal started printing color pages about then. E-Ink displays are kind of like dancing bears — it’s not great dancing, but it’s remarkable that it dances at all. Amazon’s Kindle is an interesting exception, because it’s not really about reading....

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