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The missing slide from Amazon’s Kindle 2 launch: longevity comparison

Filed under: Books,General,Save Kepler's,Technology — Ricky @ 8:22 pm

Amazon Kindle Longevity Comparison

I’ll buy a Kindle once Amazon’s device can win in a longevity comparison with a traditional book. As you can see from the PowerPoint slide above, it still has a long way to go, as the Kindle lasts about 14 months, while the 1766 edition of Thomas Paine’s pamphlet has lasted 243 years and counting. In the meantime, you can pre-order the new Kindle 2; just don’t expect it to last more that two years.


  1. That’s a cheap shot. 🙂 Nice site.

    Comment by Katie Gray — 2/15/2009 @ 4:05 pm

  2. I’ve dropped my Kindle a few times already (not on purpose of course) and it seems to be working without a hitch; so they’re durable at least for a little while

    Comment by coffee — 2/23/2009 @ 8:23 pm

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  4. Let’s see… Kindle 3 holds 3,500 books. 3,500 books x 14 months = 4,083 years.
    1 book x 243 years = 243 years

    Looks like Thomas Paine has a lot of catching up to do. 😉

    Comment by Justin Alexander — 1/14/2011 @ 3:28 am

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