Buying TechCrunch on the Kindle

Here’s my first use of the Amazon Kindle. I buy TechCrunch. All at the beach, er Half Moon Bay Ritz.

Then I find out there’s a browser which actually is better than buying blogs. Ahh, too bad Mike, you won’t get my $.60! :-)

I bought the New York Times, too.

What was great was there’s no setup at all. It comes pre set up. Very cool. Jeff Bezos even said “welcome Robert.” Heheh.

I have another video coming soon where I walked around the neighborhood with it.

Oh, and Mike, thanks for giving us bloggers all a vacation! Just what we need to play more with our Kindle’s!

What’s really fun is that if you buy TechCrunch you don’t get the comments, but if you get the free version you get comments!

UPDATE: here’s my walk around the neighborhood while using the Kindle for the first time too. In my walk video you see what the screen is like in sunlight and shaded light.

Oh, and James Kendrick gives you his video first impressions too.

Comments

  1. It looks like the paid version of blogs pulls RSS feeds into the device like an RSS aggregator, so in principle it could display a “New blog entries downloaded!” alert on the screen or maybe even use the speaker to alert the user that one of their favorite blogs has got a new post, and one click would show that post.

    Just as you cannot post comments in Google Reader, but you can click on the blog posts permalink to go post comments on the blogs server. I guess though, that some clever RSS aggregators should be able to integrate comments also, and even posting comments back to the blog directly from the RSS aggregator.

    I think Amazon should provide different business models for Internet access on the Kindle.

    1. A per-Megabyte fee for using Internet traffic that they are not selling directly. So people can subscrbe to any RSS feed they want for free as long as the blog publisher isn’t asking for a payment.

    2. Provide ebook optimized advertising, so blog publishers can choose to display that to monetize it (and pay for the EVDO bandwidth) if they want.

    3. Micro-payments for pulling blog posts in the RSS aggregator of the Kindle. If the blog publisher wants to participate, it could be for example $0.01 per blog post that is delivered add-free. There could also be a function of the blog publisher only being paid as long as the user though it was a worthy read.

  2. It looks like the paid version of blogs pulls RSS feeds into the device like an RSS aggregator, so in principle it could display a “New blog entries downloaded!” alert on the screen or maybe even use the speaker to alert the user that one of their favorite blogs has got a new post, and one click would show that post.

    Just as you cannot post comments in Google Reader, but you can click on the blog posts permalink to go post comments on the blogs server. I guess though, that some clever RSS aggregators should be able to integrate comments also, and even posting comments back to the blog directly from the RSS aggregator.

    I think Amazon should provide different business models for Internet access on the Kindle.

    1. A per-Megabyte fee for using Internet traffic that they are not selling directly. So people can subscrbe to any RSS feed they want for free as long as the blog publisher isn’t asking for a payment.

    2. Provide ebook optimized advertising, so blog publishers can choose to display that to monetize it (and pay for the EVDO bandwidth) if they want.

    3. Micro-payments for pulling blog posts in the RSS aggregator of the Kindle. If the blog publisher wants to participate, it could be for example $0.01 per blog post that is delivered add-free. There could also be a function of the blog publisher only being paid as long as the user though it was a worthy read.

  3. I think it’s rather funny (and telling), per the marketing of said device to people who don’t much read anything in long-form (re: bloggers). None of the usual eBook industry types got warmed up, the fact that David Rothman was shunned speaks volumes. ;)

    Why I won’t go Kindle: I have DVDs full of PDF books and (gasp) LITs, with Reader and iRex my investments are saved, with Amazon goners, so it’s a dead-deal for me. But would like an eBook device (beyond just PDAs) that would support the Tomeraider format. :)

    Microsoft dropped the ball, Reader and iRex people hardly know they exist, everything else is just micro-micro niche, and then total crap like this gets all the hype? Sigh.

  4. I think it’s rather funny (and telling), per the marketing of said device to people who don’t much read anything in long-form (re: bloggers). None of the usual eBook industry types got warmed up, the fact that David Rothman was shunned speaks volumes. ;)

    Why I won’t go Kindle: I have DVDs full of PDF books and (gasp) LITs, with Reader and iRex my investments are saved, with Amazon goners, so it’s a dead-deal for me. But would like an eBook device (beyond just PDAs) that would support the Tomeraider format. :)

    Microsoft dropped the ball, Reader and iRex people hardly know they exist, everything else is just micro-micro niche, and then total crap like this gets all the hype? Sigh.

  5. Its nice that e-ink is more readable in full daylight, but its a little silly that you have to use a lamp to read an electronic device during the evening. It would be nice if they figured out how to put a backlight/frontlight with low power usage or make the e-paper luminescent.

  6. Its nice that e-ink is more readable in full daylight, but its a little silly that you have to use a lamp to read an electronic device during the evening. It would be nice if they figured out how to put a backlight/frontlight with low power usage or make the e-paper luminescent.

  7. Hi Robert:
    I received my Kindle today, too, and happened to read you blog post on my Kindle this evening, as I was busy testing features and experimenting with the device. Congrats, btw, on getting Scobleizer syndicated through the Kindle store – I am one of your paying subscribers now … at least for the free 14-day trial … :)
    Here is my personal review of the Kindle afer playing with it for about 3-4 hours (including a visit to the hair dresser):
    http://www.xmlaficionado.com/2007/11/amazon-kindle-review.html

  8. Hi Robert:
    I received my Kindle today, too, and happened to read you blog post on my Kindle this evening, as I was busy testing features and experimenting with the device. Congrats, btw, on getting Scobleizer syndicated through the Kindle store – I am one of your paying subscribers now … at least for the free 14-day trial … :)
    Here is my personal review of the Kindle afer playing with it for about 3-4 hours (including a visit to the hair dresser):
    http://www.xmlaficionado.com/2007/11/amazon-kindle-review.html

  9. The next generation of eink with color will be amazing, this generation is like a little baby but when it grows up, books will be doom

  10. The next generation of eink with color will be amazing, this generation is like a little baby but when it grows up, books will be doom