I just aware that this design entered the market in this month and is currently sold out. This is not an innovative idea. Similar concepts like iRex Technologies’s Iliad and Sony PRS-505 has come in before. There is more information about Kindle here.
The product makes me think of what Marty said about the website which is designed by imitating the experience of reading a book. He has negative attitude toward that. I did not really understand the reason then because it looks kind of cool to me. When reading an article about Kindle released now, I think I might know what he meant. Kindle is similar to those website: it intend to copy the experience of reading an actual book, but it is not a book in fact.
Trying to use post-structuralism to analyze the “constructness” of this artifact (which means I am killing myself), I think Kindle is a hybrid of book and computer. I imagine myself using the design and feel the breakdown which might happen. It seems the design confuses me. Why designers choose to make the interface looks like real paper, rather than to make it just be the interface of computers, PDAs or mobile phones which we are familiar with? Kindle would like to keep the experience of reading a book but it can not provide the feeling of touching the cover and the texture of a paper. Why designers choose to add keyboard and scroll bar applications, rather than using touch screen to navigate? I did not mean the latter one would be a better solution. But the existing one will make me eager to buy a mouse, instead of using the scroll button to highlight a paragraph and add comment.
There are still lots of points which could be discussed. Personally, I still like to go to Barnes and Noble, looking around, and picking a book from shelves. Maybe I am not the person who is used to read text on the screen. But if it is possible, I still would like to use the design and see if it can change my reading habits. 400 bucks, is it a reasonable price? what do you think about the design?