Kindle goes to Europe…

I’ve been showing around my Kindle at tons of places to tons of people. Last night I showed it off at a small dinner of great people (Dave Sifry has some great photos). In London I showed it off at the geek dinner.

Reaction has been the same: poor design, interesting idea, weird/crappy look. Very few people tell me they are interested enough in buying one.

Me? I do love the process of reading on it after you ignore the design. It is awkward to hold and it hasn’t gotten less awkward over time, even after reading a ton on it.

Interesting that this doesn’t get people asking me about it the way the iPhone did. No one has stopped me in the train asking about it.

One other thing? The cheap white plastic is getting dirty after being handed around so much.

Oh, and on the Kindle topic I see that Joe Wikert, an executive with Wiley, one of the largest and oldest book publishers around, has started a blog to specifically talk about the Kindle. Subscribed!

We’re all off to see the Louvre. See ya soon.

Kindle unboxing

Well, this won’t get me a job at Engadget but here goes, my Amazon Kindle just showed up and I took video of the unboxing. It’s a lot smaller and lighter than I remembered (I saw a prototype more than six months ago) and it’s cute! I gotta put it next to an iPhone next.

I’ve only had it open about 10 minutes so far and one thing I notice I don’t like is the flashing as you turn pages. I’ll do a video of that so you can see what I mean.

The text, though, is a LOT nicer to read than on my laptop screen. At least in my upstairs office where things are nice and bright.

I’m going to go down to the Ritz and take some videos to show you why this is a lot better than a laptop or cell phone screen for reading text, though. Be back in a little while.

I’m having dinner with Mike Arrington of TechCrunch. It’ll be interesting to see what he thinks of his.

UPDATE: one nice thing is it comes personalized to your Amazon account so you can instantly buy a book and start using it without putting in any personal information. That’s wicked cool.