Seth Godin has some wonderful ideas about what the Kindle should do to beat back iPad. But, I have news for Seth. Even a $49 or free Kindle isn’t going to beat the iPad.
Kindle was an awesome product. But, from what I can tell, the iPad is that much better. The price is relatively immaterial. Why have two devices that do about the same thing, but one does it much better?
Kindle may be able to occupy a profitable niche for book-0-philes, but unless it pulls an HTC leap in product development, it’s going to lose to iPad.
Kindle is a sunk cost. My guess (and as always, I could be wrong) is that Amazon would better off tying in with the iPad early before Apple’s iBookstore starts taking a chunk of their business.
I wish both devices would support pdf’s better.