Yesterday, after the [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story255860.html"]iPad announcement[/URL], many folks Tweeted that it's the end of the line for the Amazon Kindle as if it were a fait accomplis. I'm not convinced that's true, but it does raise questions about the utility of the single-purpose device, and whether you want your eBook Reader to serve up more than just books. [B]Kindle Experience Looks Blah Now[/B] Both the Kindle and the Nook from Barnes & Noble suddenly look a little pedestrian now next to the iPad. Apple has a funny way of making other devices look second rate. It's one the company's core strengths. …

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I love books. My house is full of bookshelves overflowing with them. I have countless cabinets stuffed with them and they pour off my wife's and my night stands. We have spent many a night in book stores just perusing the shelves, spying the new releases and I've discovered some of my favorite authors just wandering through the stacks at my local library pulling random titles off the shelf. When my daughter (now 18) was just a day or two old, I sat her on my lap and read her a little plastic book called Donny Dolphin. I also love …

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Amazon didn't waste a lot of time answering the challenge of the iPad. The [URL="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/04/technology/04amazon.html"]New York Times is reporting[/URL] this morning that Amazon has acquired Touchco, a touch screen company, and plans to incorporate its engineers into the Kindle division. It doesn't take a PhD in analysis to figure out that Amazon is threatened by the upcoming release of the iPad and other eBook reader competitors, which already have touch screen versions of their devices. What surprises me, is how quickly Amazon responded to the challenge. [B]Amazon Had Early Success [/B] Amazon benefited from being a big book seller and …

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The End.