Who is this company and what did you do with the old SONY?

August 25, 2009

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As covered by ZDNet Assistant Editor Andrew Nusca in his Live Blog today, SONY announced the immediate release of two brand new e-Readers, the “Touch” and the “Pocket”, as well as pre-announcing for the holiday season a larger format, 3G wireless-enabled 7-inch “Daily” that will compete with Amazon’s Kindle DX.

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Amazon: You Blew It.

February 9, 2009

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So the Kindle 2 has now made its debut, with everything you’d expect of a gee-whiz product launch — a packed auditorium filled with media types, a celebrity endorsement (best-selling thriller novelist Stephen King) and a Insanely Great-style presentation by Amazon’s CEO, Jeff Bezos.

Heck, the event was so overbooked, that when I arrived 15 minutes late to the event, I found myself locked outside the Morgan Library along with Oprah’s representative, where we pleaded with the PR gatekeepers to be let into the building. “No, really, we’re on the list! We RSVPed!”.

We eventually got in, but there was a level of obnoxiousness, arrogance and elitism at this press event and launch  that smacked of a certain Fruit-Flavored technology company. After the dog and pony show, the devices were behind glass cases, and face time with the product nearly impossible, with crowds of media cognoscenti dying for that minute or two of handling the device, circling around the product execs cum Kindle-wranglers like hungry wolves.

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Kindlenomics

November 17, 2008

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A few weeks ago I evaluated Amazon’s Kindle. While I really liked the device, the big problem I had with it was that at its current price of $359.00 it was too expensive at this point for mass consumer adoption. I also had a number of issues with the fact that despite being based on Linux, the device is a closed book, literally.

At what point, however, do consumers start ditching their dead-tree books for e-books? And how many books do you actually have to read per year in order for the convenience factor of the Kindle — its light weight, its ability to store hundreds of books in its memory, and the instant gratification of being able to download books via the Amazon Whispernet EVDO Sprint network — to outweigh its costs?

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