Nicholson Baker’s consideration of the Kindle in the new New Yorker is unlikely to move many units. A sample:
The problem was not that the screen was in black-and-white; if it had really been black-and-white, that would have been fine. The problem was that the screen was gray. And it wasn’t just gray; it was a greenish, sickly gray. A postmortem gray. The resizable typeface, Monotype Caecilia, appeared as a darker gray. Dark gray on paler greenish gray was the palette of the Amazon Kindle.Baker’s conclusion, supported by many other reasons:
This was what they were calling e-paper? This four-by-five window onto an overcast afternoon?
Amazon, with its listmania lists and its sometimes inspired recommendations and its innumerable fascinating reviews, is very good at selling things. It isn’t so good, to date anyway, at making things.A related post
No Kindle for me