So the Kindle 2 is out, and available for pre-order at the low, low price of $359.
Once my reflexive gadget lust had subsided, I found myself thinking the same thoughts I had when I was considering the Kindle 1.0 a few months back. $359 can buy a lot of paperbacks…and even if I drop the $359 on the thing, I a.) need to spend some more just to fill it up with books, and b.) won’t be able to transfer my existing paper and eBook libraries onto that shiny device. The $359 effectively get me a meal tray without any food on it (except the Public Domain classics they graciously put onto the device so it’s not totally barren when you turn it on), and my expense then locks me into one particular restaurant.
(And no, it’s not “just like Apple/an iPod”, because I can feed .mp3 files from any source into iTunes, and I’m not locked into the iTunes store to buy new content for the iPod.)
What am I missing here? (Or what is the Kindle missing, depending on your perspective?)