Saturday, September 26, 2009

Will Amazon Open the Kindle to Developers? - Bits Blog - NYTimes.com

That’d be an interesting twist for the Kindle

“My general thought is that the limitations of e-ink make this a limited device for applications,” said Evan Schnittman, vice president at Oxford University Press. “It’s for reading, not interactivity. The refresh rate alone would kill anything remotely fun or cool.”

But given those limitations, there are still some interesting possibilities. Companies like Facebook or Goodreads could add social features to the Kindle; game developers like Zynga could create nongraphics-intensive games like poker or chess for the device. There could also be educational games, or programs that take advantage of that rarely used keyboard and Kindle’s “experimental” Web browser.

Will Amazon Open the Kindle to Developers? - Bits Blog - NYTimes.com

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