This just in: Amazon’s Kindle is no newspaper

Technology

A University of Georgia study gives Amazon’s Kindle digital reading device low marks as a replacement for print newspapers.

This comes after recent legal setbacks for the gadget’s use in academia and disappointing rights issues that involved — and mirrored — George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984.

Amazon Kindle newspapersStudy participants were given a Kindle and a subscription to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on the device. While adults liked the sharpness of the screen, younger test subjects were unimpressed, preferring their own smartphones.

Amazon had better be worried by the comparison: Many of its competitors have full-color touch screens in the works, and Apple — whose iPhone practically owns the mobile media market — is expected to unveil its long-awaited tablet/slate/pad i-thingy at a high-profile event on Wednesday, Jan. 27.

Stay tuned.

Image: Amazon product page

Via Poynter Online

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