I think I convinced myself to buy the Kindle 2. Although I haven’t actually ordered it yet, my mind is pretty much made up to do so. Here’s some free market research for Amazon, on how a 31 year old male sees the Kindle 2….
It costs about the same as 359 tacos. Somewhere between one hundred and one-fifty, my impulse buying reflex goes soft. Anything above that price range, becomes a questionable purchase. Questionable, not impossible. Or even unlikely.
In the last 3 weeks, I have…
- Started the book Jumper (the book they based that stupid movie on about the kid who can teleport everywhere). Made it halfway through, and now I can’t find the book. Its just gone. Seriously.
- Dropped the book Appaloosa in the bathtub. The pages are gross now and turning them is annoying.
- Was ridiculed for reading the book Resolution because it “has as many words as a movie script”,
- Another anonymous family member, that I am married to, teased me for “actually finishing a book”, which of course “wouldn’t have been possible if the book had more words”.
- Uncovered the El Dorado of half-read books. Turns out they were all in a closet which I didn’t know had a book shelf. A book shelf dedicated to books that hate me.
Now here’s Amazon’s list of reasons to buy. In italics, I’ll add my two cents…
Slim & Lightweight: Just over 1/3 inch and 10.2 ounces .
Okay that is cool. Pencils are thicker.
Books in under 60 seconds: Get books delivered in less than 60 seconds; no PC required.
Anything wireless is cool.
Improved Display: Reads like real paper; now boasts 16 shades of gray for crisp images and text; even reads well in bright sunlight.
I bet 32 shades will be next. Then 64.
Longer Battery Life: 25% longer battery life; read for days without recharging.
So at my pace, a year or two on one charge
More Storage: Take your library with you; holds over 1,500 books.
HAHAHA, you wish, Amazon. (1500 times $9.99 a book. )
Faster Page Turns: 20% faster page turns.
If I had a Kindle 1, and page turning angered me, I don’t know if 20% faster is really selling me
Read-to-Me: Text-to-Speech feature means Kindle can read every book, blog, magazine, and newspaper out loud.
This will be awesome until my internal monologue starts speaking in the same text-to-speech voice
No Wireless Bills: No monthly wireless bills, data plans, or commitments. Amazon pays for Kindle’s wireless connectivity so you won’t see a monthly wireless bill.
What about my current wireless bill? You sayin’ I won’t see that anymore? Kidding. That is cool.
Large Selection: Over 230,000 books, plus U.S. and international newspapers, magazines and blogs available.
Blogs, really? Okay that is awesome.
Low Book Prices: New York Times Best Sellers and New Releases $9.99, unless marked otherwise
Ehhh, lets not go crazy and call that low. When I think of cheap books, I think of armfuls or boxes of them for $9.99. But for new books, thats pretty good.
Okay this isn’t a tech review blog, nor is this even a review, so I’ll wrap up. I just like taking notes on why 30 year old men buy things. I probably am my average customer.