I’m a big fan of ebooks. Unfortunately, they haven’t really lived up to their potential yet. As a fan – I’ve been watching the release of the Kindle closely. In some ways, it feels like it has to succeed if ebooks have any chance of becoming more than a niche market. I really want to buy a Kindle, but I need decent backlighting and I’d prefer a color screen first. The fact that’s it’s based on Sprint service is unfortunate since their coverage in my part of the world is terrible, but all that aside, the Kindle has always struck me as a cool idea that I hope is successful.
So today I browse over to the Amazon.com website and I’m greeted not to the usual Amazon.com opening page, but rather one that contains a big apology from Jeff Bezos to people who’ve been patiently waiting for shipment of their Kindle.
It seems, according to Amazon, that the Kindle has been much more popular than expected. The apology states that the initial supply sold out in 5 1/2 hours. They expect to be back on track with shipments in the next few weeks. In the meantime, they are asking people to continue to be patient.
So are we to assume then that this means the Kindle is a success? The device is still in short supply, but how are they doing with content? Have eBooks finally found a way to take hold?