Back in November of 2007, Center Networks published a long list of reasons that the new Amazon Kindle would fail. We know plenty of people in the audience (this editor included) shared similar predictions back then.
It is instructive to look back at our failed predictions, reminding ourselves that many of the digital pronouncements we make today will probably be wrong in five more years. What will publishing look like in five years? Who cares? Let’s worry about what we can do right now.
Here are a few of our favorite reasons why one writer thought Kindle would fail in 2007. What do you think?
“It’s big and ugly – it’s no sleek iPhone.”
“Be a big hit with the ladies when you whip out your Kindle. “Hey Baby, I read!”
“$399 to have the privilege of then buying books to read on the device? Can I get a Fail Fail?”
Thanks to eBook blogger Mike Cane for spotting the list.