iPad Vs. Kindle: Will Apple's iPad Kill Amazon's Kindle?
As the new iPad was announced by Apple today during the live Apple press conference in San Francisco, it was made known that one of the programs that the iPad comes with is iBooks, which will enable iPad users to buy, download and read books electronically. Immediately, Internet went into a heated discussion over whether iPad will kill Amazon's e-reader Kindle. Right now, it seems the net is divided into those who think Kindle will be subdued by iPad and those who think Kindle will survive.
Here are the arguments from the "doom and gloom" side.
hodie: iPad renders Kindle obsolete - who doesn't prefer a 1.5lbs reader that you have to hold in two hands and cannot read in direct sunlight?
jeremytfreeman: My pov on the ipad: if they can price it to compete with readers and netbooks they might have a win...I've wanted a kindle, but too much $
iPad looks sick and perfect for traveling, its truly mobile. Thank God I passed on the macbook air and the kindle.
On the other hand, here are the arguments from those who think Kindle will not be out-battled.
Filled niche and attachment to brand:
tinadearing: I thought the iPad name was a joke. Like the new soccer team being Melbourne Heart. Nothing will replace the Kindle in my heart.
Selection and connection costs on iPad:
New York Times have reacted with three reasons why iPad won't kill Kindle. They list backlit screen, distracting email and Twitter apps, battery life, and cost of iPad as the limiting factors that play against it. Plus, NYT says Amazon will continue improving Kindle with new features to compete with the iPad. Immediately, a counter-article was posted on NYT with arguments against Kindle, among them - static nature of Kindle and single-purpose use.
However, some bloggers suggest there is market for both gadgets, and the emergence of one will not have to kill the other.