Xconomy Poll: As the Holiday Shopping Season Starts, Is Kindle Must-Buying?

11/24/07Follow @bbuderi

It’s featured on Amazon’s home page, and the star-power testimony behind it runs from Toni Morrison to Michael Lewis. But is Amazon’s new e-book reader, Kindle, produced with Cambridge company E Ink’s “electronic paper” technology, a winner? Will it really transform the way people consume literature? At $399 for the reader and $9.99 a book, Xconomy’s Wade Roush says it falls short of the mark.

With the holiday shopping season officially underway, and the staff reeling from over-consumption, we couldn’t resist putting up a poll to find out how readers feel. The choices are: “stick with paper,” “wait for a big price drop,” “and buy it now.” The early returns favor paper. But we’d like to hear from more of you. You can find the poll on the lower right portion of all Xconomy pages.

Bob is Xconomy's founder and editor in chief. You can e-mail him at bbuderi@xconomy.com, call him at 617.500.5926. Follow @bbuderi

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  • L Personius

    Well, my family reads. We moved one ton of books across the continent – I know because the mover weighed them and we paid by the pound. That is a lot of bookshelves, and lots of muscle power. By now, we have more books!

    For me, plastic has a lot to recommend it. I love Kindle. Mine arrived last weekend. It is wonderful.