Irony fell on its sword and died yesterday, as Amazon.com
It's been nearly a year since a similar program has been available for Apple's
Developers have a way of gravitating to Apple first when it comes to smartphone applications. Sirius XM Radio
BlackBerry owners shouldn't take it personally. This comes with the stigma of being portrayed as primarily a tool for corporate email. Amazon also had no reason to speed up the process, since the market for consuming long-form literature on small smartphone screens is as unproven as it is dubious.
Apple's iPad will have a right to be taken seriously, but it's hard to fathom smartphone owners squinting their eyes and pinching their screens to get through even chunks of a novel. I find getting through a single article to be a taxing chore on the iPhone. I can't imagine consuming several pages at a time.
Yesterday's press release sounds scintillating -- promising access to 420,000 Kindle books -- but it's ultimately a empty romance, devoid of passion or excitement.
I don't blame fringe players Sony
One can always argue that smartphone apps will be useful in terms of audio-book or text-to-speech features, but I think that misses the point of what being a bibliophile is all about.
Sorry Apple. Sorry RIM. Sorry Amazon. You all know it's true, though.
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Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz has been shopping online for about as long as Amazon.com has been in business. He owns a Kindle. He does not own shares in any of the companies in this story. He is also part of the Rule Breakers newsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early. The Fool has a disclosure policy.
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