It is amazing how people find excuses not to buy the Amazon Kindle these days. First, there was the excuses that people were making about Kindle not being able to support popular eBook formats such as .pdf. Then it was the high price that Amazon was asking for the Kindle.But the latest excuse could be the most valid one yet.
At the time Amazon Kindle came out, it was going against iPod Touch, and the iPhone. The iPhone was going for $399 and the Kindle was going for $399, so there was no surprise that many decided to get the iPhone instead of the Kindle. Now with iPhone 3G being sold for only $199, one needs to wonder how many potential Kindle buyers will switch to get the iPhone instead.
There is no question that an ideal Kindle buyer might not buy the iPhone. There is some common area but there are few people who would consider only buying one of these gadgets. Unfortunately, we have more listeners these days than readers. How many people ready think about reading as a form of entertainment these days. It’s not to say that people don’t read these days, but buy the Amazon Kindle would be more reasonable to a business person or a gadget freak than an everyday Joe.
So will the iPhone 3G kill the Amazon Kindle? This question is not even worth entertaining. The Kindle is struggling because there are not enough frequent readers around, not because of the iPhones, iPods, and PS3s of this world.