Can the Kindle Spark E-Paper?
The functionality also will improve over time and is not bad for a first edition. It comes with a QWERTY keyboard that is easy to use and enables the purchase of titles while on the road. Another great feature is the inboard dictionary. You wouldn’t believe it, but “John Carter of Mars” has an even more extensive vocabulary than BoSacks.
I have several issues with the design and instrumentality. Unlike some other reviewers, I did not find the Kindle ugly, but neither is it of a compelling design like the iPod. Plus, in the designers’ zeal to make page-turning easy, they made it too easy. There is little room on either side of the Kindle to hold it comfortably without accidentally changing pages. Another area warranting improvement is the leather cover/carrying case, in which the Kindle is not secure. Call it paranoia, but I was constantly worried that this $400 device was going to drop out of the case onto the floor with a crunch from it and a yowl from me.
With all that said, I loved the overall experience of e-paper and this new device. I would bet that the revised version will fix all the mechanical idiosyncrasies. For now, version 1.0 of the Kindle is sold out, and that bodes well for Amazon and the fledgling e-book industry.
Bob Sacks (aka BoSacks) is a printing/publishing industry consultant and president of The Precision Media Group (BoSacks.com). He is publisher and editor of a daily international e-newsletter, Heard on the Web. Sacks has held posts as director of manufacturing and distribution, senior sales manager (paper), chief of operations, pressman, cameraman and corporate janitor.