Looks like I’m not alone in my aversion to the Kindle. The Guardian has polled readers and it looks like only about 20% have expressed an interest in getting one. Comments on the poll and following the article echo what I pointed out in my last post: DRM and a lack of control over content already paid for:
OK, and now some of the negative responses. Here we had 283 responses (55% of those answering no). Clearly, people actually feel strongly.
“Too expensive – and far more likely to become obsolete than a book.”
“I look at a computer screen all day long…why would I read a book on it.”
“Too expensive to ship here.”
“DRM [digital rights management]. When I spend 200 quid on a device I don’t want someone telling what I can and can’t use it for.” (Recall the1984 fiasco with the Kindle.)
“We’ve been treated like second class customers by Amazon. It’d a bit of a kerfuffle to get one and besides it’s not even the latest Kindle and don’t really want to carry an extra piece of hardware around with me.”
“It doesn’t support a wide enough range of formats. Comes with a US charger, a browser that probbly won’t work in the UK, and I would prefer to have Wi-Fi support rather than 3G.”