Amazon just released the Kindle Reader. I’ve not held one in my hands (how can you when it’s only available via Amazon.com and backordered like 4 weeks) or looked at the all-important screen.
But from what I can tell they’re on the right track. So, since Amazon is into Wish Lists big time, let me make mine for Kindle 2.0, now that we’ve all seen the first version.
RSS Freedom – I don’t want to hear any more about a “special” RSS feed format. The ability to arbitrarily subscribe to any RSS feed is critical to me, so let’s stick with the standard XML. This way the authors can maintain blogs about their books and use standardized Blog Creation tools like WordPress.
Blog Reading with Offline Mode – I want to be sure that I can read books on airplanes, but RSS feeds and blogs are equally important. I love Google Gears and how it works with Google Reader and hope that Kindle 2.0 will have something like it.
A Full Web Browser - Port Firefox to the thing and I’ll be thrilled. This will benefit Amazon, too so people can both shop their site and click on ads in the Amazon Clickriver system, leading to landing pages of advertisers. Ad-supported books will be a terrific concept.
Larger Screen, In Color – This will become more important for magazines, blogs, and such. I’m personally just hoping the screen gets more paperwhite, but I know its success will depend on color. If Apple does an e book, you can bet it’ll be in full, gorgeous color.
Audiobook Alternative - I would like to have Audible (protected) audiobooks and podcasts available for the device. Since Amazon already has tons of audiobooks to download they will surely be doing this for version 2.0. I already use my iPod for this purpose, but there would be something cool about consolidating the two.
Better Battery Performance – I would think that they could figure out a way to batch wireless sessions (e.g. put wireless to sleep) when it’s not needed. Charging every day is not acceptable. I would get tired of this and hope that Kindle 2.0 has better technology.