Why Amazon's Kindle Is A hit. It's an iPod

Peter Mortensen at Jump hits it right on the head when he says that Kindle’s success is due to an ecosystem similar to Apple’ iPod/iTunes ecosystem, not product design. He argues that the WhisperNet 3G system that pulls books, newspapers and other “paper-based platforms” down off the net into the Kindle without need of a computer is the killer app. Yah, he’s probably right. The Sony e-reader needs to be plugged into a PC to work.

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