The Kindle turns 15 this month. It's been an incredible journey for Amazon's first hardware. In a letter to shareholders last year, CEO Andy Jassy gave the e-reader a rare love letter, noting:
Our first attempt at a device was the 2007 Kindle. It wasn't the most advanced design in the industry (it was creamy white and some people found the corners awkward), but it was revolutionary in that it allowed customers to download over 90,000 books (now millions) in 60 seconds loading, and our again the best and fastest attractive design in preparation.
In the context of the letter, the device was only a prelude. It's the first step into a world that includes tablets, an army of smart home products, wearables and one smartphone. It really is a perfect fit for a product line that took the world by storm, then faded into the background among Amazon's other offerings.
Before the Kindle Scribe announcement in September, the line had not received a SKU since the introduction of the premium Oasis in 2016. Sure, there have been updates over the years, but they haven't been frequent either. Before the long-awaited Paperwhite update that brought USB-C to production around this time last year, Amazon hadn't announced updates to the device since the summer of 2019.
Can you blame them? First, people retain their readers for a long time. The battery lasts forever and is rarely subject to daily abuse like our smartphones. More importantly, while Amazon isn't the only game in town, it sometimes feels like it. Sony, the former maker of Great Readers, eventually took over in 2014. Barnes & Noble, while not completely out of the Nook business, seems to exist only to release small updates every few years, so don't forget everything.
Here in North America, Kobo is the closest thing to real competition for Amazon's e-reader dominance. The Canadian-based Japanese company makes excellent e-readers that can compete with the Kindle, but Amazon completely dominates the US market. Granted, these numbers are old (as of 2018), but does this research show that Amazon has more than 80% of the US market annually?
But Amazon's September event brought two surprises. Firstly, everything was much simpler than in previous years, fewer products were announced. Of course, Amazon isn't alone in delaying product inventory indefinitely, and recent cutbacks in the company's device division seem to indicate that trend will continue for the foreseeable future.
Second, we have the new Kindle. Please note that this is not an upgrade to your existing Kindle. A brand new product and basically a brand new product category for the line. Throughout the life of the Kindle, it has been a content consumption machine. This is the place to read what others have written. And while it's understandable that the company ditched the physical keyboard found in previous iterations, E Ink's touchscreen is missed more than it's used for typing.
Scribe has added a seemingly simple feature that users have no doubt been asking for for over a decade: pen writing. I spoke with the company ahead of the official announcement, and here's what I found out about why the release is taking so long:
The company claims that the fact that they have never released a Kindle with this feature before is not due to a lack of testing. Instead, it's important to get the technology right by keeping key features like front-lighting and a 300 ppi screen (compared to the reMarkable 2's 226). Given the $90 price increase over the previous Kindle (Oasis), it certainly makes sense that the company would want to keep this line-level capability. Amazon says it's working with E Ink Holdings ( EIH ) on the display, which later adapted it to those specifications.
I'd say e-book owners are a forgiving bunch. Delays and updates come in the realm of e-ink devices. There's a lot that users won't put up with other products, partly because they know the benefits of the technology (sharper/easier on the eyes, good battery life) and partly because it's the only one in town. Whether you use a Kindle or a Kobo, you work effectively with the same basic technology.
Writing procrastination, on the other hand, is an entirely different matter. It's the kind that makes you want to frantically throw away your precious piece of plastic and glass until the experience is bad enough, you'll probably take a few tries before giving up.
I was pleasantly surprised on that front. I'll admit that my expectations are lowered from over a decade of using e-ink displays, but the Scribe provides a solid note-taking experience. In fact, there's a lot going on here that will come as a pleasant surprise to anyone who hasn't updated their e-book in a few years. While the experience is still different from a standard tablet, Amazon has added little touches here and there to bring the product line into 2022.
Start with the design. Scribe takes a number of key elements from Oasis. It's surprising how much the glass screen adds to the overall premium feel. Also, like the Oasis, one of the syringes is noticeably larger than the other, so you'll likely have to stick your hand somewhere when holding it that isn't connected to the touchscreen. Unlike the Oasis, however, there's no physical page-turn button on the Surface, which feels like a missed opportunity.
At 10.2 inches, it's the largest screen on a Kindle by a wide margin. Keep in mind that screen size metrics are relative for most of a product's existence. The Kindle started out as a 6-inch device, and the original model stuck around for a decade and a half, as if the company had found the perfect Platonic e-book.
Of course, there is a conclusion from these numbers. The Kindle Oasis 2 drops the screen down to seven inches, and the latest Paperwhite isn't far behind at 6.8 inches. But to get close to Scribe's size, we have to go back in time to DX. Launched in 2009, this short-lived product is a bit of an anomaly in the Kindle scheme of things. With a 9.7-inch screen, the company has moved away from the main function of reading Kindle books.
Its tone mostly revolves around PDFs and papers. 2009 was a time when it seemed like there was still a viable market for people who actually wanted to read spreadsheets in a form close to their original form. Beyond this market feasibility, the technology is not really ready. As disappointing as today's electronic ink is, images back then were a nightmare to work with, both in terms of resolution (everything looked like one of those WSJ spot images) and refresh times. Refreshing the entire page for every inch of moving image is my version of schooling both ways in the snow from above.
Also, like the smartphone space, larger screens require larger devices than they currently have. Scribe is a big screen reader that doesn't feel like a brick. I mean, I certainly can't carry it in my pocket like other Kindles can, but I don't feel ridiculous reading it on a long train ride. At 433 grams, it is slightly lighter than the 10.2-inch iPad (487 grams). The dimensions are also similar, with a different aspect ratio designed for readability. The Scribe measures 9.0 x 7.7 x 0.22, compared to the iPad's 9.8 x 6.8 x 0.29.
On the other hand, the 9.7-inch Kindle DX measures 10.4 x 7.2 x 0.4 inches and weighs 535 grams. Maybe DX is just a product of the future? It is the idea that the hardware is not ready. Newspaper purists (well, not purists enough to want a Kindle) may be at an evolutionary dead end, but many people, especially those with poor eyesight, could benefit from a larger screen.
Of course, a larger screen makes perfect sense in a product like the Scribe, which is designed specifically for handwriting and drawing. It fills the Kindle void with a large screen, but the starting price of $340 will almost be a temptation for many. The previous luxury Kindle, the Oasis, had an MSRP of $250, and as I write this, Amazon has dropped it to $165.
Some of the best design elements of Kindle form the basis of Scribe. The back of the device is all metal, almost, dare I say it, like an iPad. Each of the device's four corners has small rubber feet to prevent it from sliding around on the table. The back is completely flat, without the hollow design found on the back of the Oasis. I think this is partly because Scribe has two hands when it comes to reading. It's a substantial, rather heavy device that feels more like a tablet than any e-book I've used before.
On the right side are the only physical buttons on the device. One short press will wake up or put the device to sleep. A longer press will open a dialog asking if you want to turn off the screen (to save battery later) or restart it. Cannot be completely disabled. To the right of the button is the USB-C port.
Over the years, Amazon never seemed to be able to move away from micro USB. I keep the cable exclusively for my Kindle Oasis. It's nice to know that I can charge the Scribe with the same cable I use for pretty much anything these days (maybe iPhone). The Scribe has a USB-A to USB-C cable, not straight USB-C. I'm not sure if that says much about Amazon or the product's user base, but again, one of the main advantages of the new port is that you probably already have some of these cables.
Most of the recent improvements have come from the software side. If you have a mobile device, you can use it for quick setup. Sign in to the Kindle app on your mobile device, click Amazon Device Easy Setup, and click Setup with your phone on your device, and you'll be up and running with your synced library in a minute or two.
I am a long time user of Caliber. Over the past few years, the Kindle Oasis+Caliber has become the ultimate e-book reader. The app is useful for many different things, but its main feature (at least for me) is the ability to convert ePub files to Kindle format and send them directly to readers. For a long time, it best suited Amazon's closed-door approach to trade books. But earlier this year, the company finally added support for ePub, the default e-book format, in addition to Kindleverse.
Add in some big improvements to features like Send-to-Kindle, and the company has done some serious damage by making Caliber a great third-party app for many users. There are still reasons to use the service, including ways to organize your files from the device, but Amazon has improved the experience for people who want to buy books outside of the Kindle store.
The whole Send-to-Kindle experience has been lost over the years. Downloading and deleting files from devices is much more complicated than it should be. In its current iteration, Web Send-to-Kindle is one of those things that feels like it's been around for a while. Open your browser, log in, and you can drag and drop files directly into the interface. After a few minutes, Kindles connected to that account (and Wi-Fi) will sync and the file will appear in their library. It's not magic at all, but years later it seems like an unnecessary hassle.
Optimizing for sending to Kindle is especially important because the core of what Scribe does is the ability to take notes across the device. This is a way to send a PDF or other document directly to a markup device. To remove it from your device, click Share, and from there you can "fast forward" it to the email address associated with your Kindle account, or enter another address manually. Within a few minutes, the recipient will receive an email with the title "Someone sent you a notebook from their Kindle." Click Download and the AWS hosted version of the file will appear.
Another important use of handwriting is to take notes while reading a book. If you like to create rich annotations, this can be a useful feature. When you read in Scribe, a small menu appears in the left sidebar. By clicking on it, you can leave notes in certain places of the text. Of course, there is potential value for students and researchers who don't want to commit to note-taking devices.
Scribe comes with a pin that magnetically attaches to the side of the device to keep it secure. If you increase the premium pin, you will add another $30 to the base price (this is a review score provided by Amazon). The basic and premium styluses can also be purchased separately for $30 and $60 respectively, but keep in mind that the Scribe is the only Kindle that currently uses them.
Pen Premium adds a dedicated button to switch between pen and marker functions; I accidentally turned it on every now and then so it took some getting used to. It also has an elastic band at the top. Turn the knob and lightly tap the screen to lower it, and the clip will be deleted (after a slight refresh delay). The pen is a passive pen and doesn't need to be charged, so that's one thing to worry about.
The writing experience is solid for a first generation product. There isn't enough lag to be really annoying. The pen next to the screen has a nice tactile feel, as well as a built-in sound that is almost like pencil on paper. You can choose from five line thicknesses, although be warned, the thinner the line, the lighter the screen pixelation will be.
The experience is good enough for note-taking and even basic drawing, but it won't replace a Wacom or even an iPad for serious artists anytime soon. However, I can definitely see it being thrown into a backpack to replace a notebook at the coffee shop, or even to do some sketches on the page before painting. Design additions add an exciting new dimension to this 15-year-old line. This won't be necessary for most users today, but it will be interesting to see how it evolves in future generations.
At 300 DPI, Scribe has the same pixel density as the rest of the line. It's great to read and produces great black and white images. The system is actually a pretty good size and shape for comic book readers. Obviously you're going to miss something important if it's in color, but for manga and a lot of indie press (see: Love and Rockets cover above), reading PDFs is actually a pretty good experience. Refresh rates have improved dramatically over the years, though you'll still experience some stuttering, such as image halos after turning a page.
However, you still can't beat e-ink for reading text. It's the easiest to watch and has the longest battery life. I also really like the larger page size, although the size of the device means that reading while lying down is a bit difficult. Instead of keeping it above my head, I found myself reading mostly by the side of the bed. If you're just looking for a device for casual reading, then again the Scribe is the way to go.
If the Scribe looks entirely designed for a first-generation device, that's because it's based on previous generations of Kindle. For example, the flashes are fantastic. The Scribe has 35 LEDs compared to the Oasis's 25, likely due to the larger size. Previous generations struggled with uniformity, but Amazon is much better at this. Using a Kindle in 2022 makes you wonder how you fared when features like auto-dimming lights and a warm sleep light came along.
Interestingly, the Scribe and the original Kindle are currently the only two devices in the range that are not IPX8 water resistant. I suspect you're probably fine without it 99% or so, but it's interesting to see that it's only left out of the cheapest and most expensive posts. There is also no mobile version for Scribe (again interesting as the default is Oasis). It's one of those nice things to have around (especially when traveling) but you can totally do without.
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