Me, back in November 2007:
After chewing it over all day, I’ve concluded that Amazon’s
Kindle is going to flop. Or at least I hope it does.
What it comes down to is that when you purchase books in
Kindle’s e-book format, they’re wrapped in DRM and are in a
format that no other software can read. There are no provisions
for sharing books even with other Kindle owners, let alone with
They’ve added some sharing features, but right now it looks like the future of e-books involves proprietary DRM. One thing I did not foresee was Amazon expanding the “Kindle” to be a software platform across numerous hardware devices, like the iPad and iPhone.
And, truth be told, I buy a lot of Kindle books.
★ Thursday, 19 May 2011