No color? Not a bright design and marketing move if magazines which publish in full color (e.g., Time) are being pushed.
Poor resolution in B&W = similar limited appeal.
No reading of PDFs is very dumb.
Having to e-mail just about any file in the world that exists on your computer to Amazon for conversion to its (presumably) proprietary format just so you can take that file with you on this device is very annoying, nobody mentions how long such "remote" conversions could take, and nobody seems to care about privacy concerns. And if you edit that file, presumably you have to send it back to Amazon for conversion back to the original file format, or do they even do that for you?
Maybe there are some worthy innovations in this device, but considering its cost and practical limited appeal and abilities, it's a dud from the start.
As I listened to Bezos in the interview, in some instances I thought about that scene in Airplane where the sign lights up with Bulls***, Extreme Bulls***, etc., in response to the stewardess obvious lies.
Bezos claims that the physical book is highly evolved. I cant think of another everyday item that has evolved less over the past 500 years. Bezos claim on this point qualifies as Extreme, Unbelievable Bulls***.
Apparently, the marketers felt that Amazon needed to make that argument in order to convince prospective buyers that this was simply the next step in the evolution of the book?
Bezos follows that up with the claim that the ink, paper and glue of a physical book disappear, leaving the reader with only the thoughts evoked by the authors words. The NPR interviewer subtly calls him on that when she asserts that reading a book is a delightfully tactile experience in other words, the ink, paper and glue are an integral, if not completely conscious, aspect of a readers reading enjoyment. Bezos disagrees with the interviewer and argues that this device is something that people will like to cuddle up with.
In response to the interviewers observation that all prior e-readers have failed to obtain mass appeal, Bezos argues that the Kindle is different, citing four differences: (1) the display technology; (2) its the only reader to seamlessly incorporate wireless; (3) one can purchase a book through the device itself; and (4) best-selling books are cheap.
(1) is not new; other devices use this display technology
(2) is only there for marketing purposes selling books and magazines. For any other purpose (e-mail, etc.), its apparently not so seamless and battery life becomes an issue.
(3) is just more marketing
(4) is marketing again.
Kindle is different. It is a different way for Amazon to sell new books and magazines. But based on Bezos interview and except for the better display technology, Kindle does very little to address the concerns raised with the older devices.