Amazon recently announced the next version of it’s electronic book reader, the Kindle. This version is lighter, thinner and has more memory, better battery life, and is faster than its predecessor. Here are some good pictures:
As I’ve mentioned in the past, the Kindle will revolutionize how people read books, newspapers, and magazines. It’s the iPod/iTunes of books. I haven’t seen the new Kindle 2 yet, but it seems like the evolution of a great product. Amazon’s progression follows the natural online evolutionary path: Create new channels for sales and service and then integrate online features into the core value proposition.
So what’s next in the evolutionary path? A paradigm shift in reading and writing. There’s no reason for people to read books cover to cover; they can read them a chapter at a time and switch between books. So authors won’t need to publish entire books all at once, they can release them in series. Or better yet, they can offer different versions of the same book; offering different endings or somewhat different twists in the plot.
Will this happen overnight? No. But it’s good to see where we’re heading.
The bottom line: The Internet evolution continues