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Not Kindling My Flames

Instapundit links to a critique of the Amazon Kindle's design--or lack thereof.

Worse than the design though, is that screen. One of the reasons ebooks have yet to take off is, they just aren't comfortable. And I mean to read, not to hold. (Although there's certainly nothing about the Kindle that makes you want to reach out and hold it, either.) The problem is DPI. A good book is printed at about 300 dots per inch. At that level, letters are sharp and contrasty and easy on the eyes. Kindle's screen runs about 160 DPI -- easy to read for short periods, but not good enough for a late night page turning session.

My take is, until ebooks can "print" at least 240 DPI, they'll remain novelties.

UPDATE: I oughta start reading my own blog. Ed Christie (just below) already beat me to the Kindle pile-on.