Today I have heard that Amazon is finally going to make their Kindle e-book reader available in the UK from early 2009. And about time too!
For a few minutes I was quite excited about this. But having given it further thought, I’m less excited. I think they may have left it too late. The age of the netbook has overtaken it.
For a long time I’ve wanted something hand-held (ish) that I could read a lot of e-books on (i.e. PDFs) from the comfort of my armchair, sofa, bed, etc. The Kindle would have been ideal, and had it been available in the UK at the same time as it came out in the US, I would have eagerly snapped one up.
But now I think I’ll get a netbook instead. After all, I already own the PDFs, I don’t want to buy them from Amazon. I just need something small that has Adobe Reader on it. Netbooks have that, and cost about the same as a Kindle . . . and then do an awful lot more besides. Such as having full office suites, playing audio, music and videos, surfing the whole web, not just Amazon’s site, giving you full access to all your email, and not charging you extra to subscribe to blogs. Amongst many other things, such as having built-in cameras.
No, it’s definitely a netbook for me. Sorry Amazon. You’re too late.
Now the next question is which netbook to get. I’ve been considering all the different ones and reading computer magazines and online reviews for the past 2 weeks and I’m still in a quandary. I thought I had it all sorted out last night, but today I’ve changed my mind again.
Dave Haslett, ideas4writers, www.ideas4writers.co.uk