Flash! Kindle on the Web not on the Kindle pages
In an earlier post, I wrote about Amazon’s new Kindle on the Web feature.
It allows you to read the first chapter of a book while you are online, and gives you a link to buy the Kindle edition.
I mentioned how I went to look for it, and it wasn’t there…I thought it wasn’t there yet.
Well, the weird thing is that it is on the Amazon product page for the paper book, not the Kindle book.
I can understand having it there, since it might encourage somebody who didn’t have a Kindle to get one, or encourage somebody to buy the paperbook (it’s like a sample).
But why not put it on the Kindle product page? I mean, there is a button in the KotW page that lets you buy it for the Kindle…doesn’t it make sense to have it on the page where people who have Kindles are going to see it?
I’m hoping that’s just temporary…I found that confusing. I suppose that it does take some bandwidth for Amazon, and they might figure Kindle owners will just download the sample anyway…but when I’m shopping on my computer (where you can see it), I don’t necessarily want to switch to my Kindle to check out that chapter. Might be nice to read a couple of pages right there…not too many, of course. For long form, I definitely prefer the Kindle.
Maybe this is just me (that happens) , but I’d like to see these on the Kindle pages.
Also, of course, the big advantage will be being able to read them on blogs and websites not run by Amazon. Hopefully, people don’t think the experience is the same as reading on a Kindle…that might discourage Kindle sales (although not much seems to be able to do that).
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.