I read a lot of technology blogs. A LOT. I've therefore read a lot of smart tech people discussing the pros and cons of the new e-book reading device, Kindle, over the last day or so. But the best, most to-the-point Kindle consideration I read wasn't on a tech blog - it was on a book blog:
... I don't understand why both Levy and James Patterson aren't emphasizing the big gigantic flaw in the Kindle sales pitch. The device costs $400. Nobody will buy it for that price. I really don't see what more needs to be said about this.
... Forget standalone devices. Consumers want their devices to serve multiple purposes - camera, music player, internet browser, phone, organizer - and that's the way we're going to want to read electronic books. If you want to succeed in the e-book business, find ways to make full-length books look good on existing high-end devices (iPhones, Blackberries). Work with manufacturers of lower-end devices (cheaper music players, video players, cell phones) to find ways to make full-length books look good on future versions of these devices too. And then, most importantly ... use the transition to the new format as a chance to reach new readers with new pricing structures.
Sounds good to me.