So, I have an interesting new perspective on the coolness of Kindle: it let's you read stuff *now*. As before, directly relates to the coolness of iPod. (And stay tuned for an observation about the coolness of AppleTV :)
Okay, so Josh says Mastering the Rockefeller Habits is worth checking out, so I check it out. And I'm just about to one-click this book (yes of course "one-click" is a verb), and then I notice Amazon has a Kindle edition. Whoa. Game changer, instead of getting this book in a couple of days with one click, I can have it *now*.
Just like FREE is nonlinearly attractive compared to any nonzero price, NOW is qualitatively better than any nonzero delay. So I click to buy the Kindle Edition of Mastering the Rockefeller Habits. What will happen? This:
Cool! It already knows about my Kindle, and I just click Continue, and the book is all teed up to be transmitted to my Kindle. So I run upstairs and wake up my Kindle, and it gives me a message that "my new purchases are being downloaded", shortly followed by a message that "my new purchases are ready to read"! And I get this:
And just like that, I'm reading the book. Took about two minutes. How cool is that?