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Decoding the Kindle

Monday, January 7th, 2008

Amazon’s Kindle

When a new device like Amazon’s Kindle book reader comes out, we can’t help but turn over the possibilities. The device follows a long line of attempts to replace books with digital documents and a screen interface, but there’s a significant difference- the Kindle uses a cell phone-like connection to connect to the Kindle Store from anywhere and deliver instant downloads of thousands of books, magazines, blogs and mp3s.

Those last two are where this gets intriguing. Blogs, digital documents and mp3s can be featured in the Kindle Store just like content on iTunes- for free. This opens the door for all kinds of combinations of media (audio and video) to be delivered with digital “print” books and articles. An environmental non-profit, for example, could feature a report on sustainable farming as a free download on the Kindle, and include mp3s of candid interviews with organic farmers on the benefits of sustainability. A publisher of children’s books could package an theatrical audio version along with the text.

Of course, as with any new media, the Kindle could fail to (pardon the pun) catch fire. But the combination of print and media delivered instantaneously through a searchable interface is cause for excitement. We plan to experiment with this platform in the coming months- we’ll keep you posted.