But here’s what Amazon really has to contend with: the Kindle is basically a one-trick pony. Granted, the Kindle is exceptional at that one trick, but it’s still only one trick. It’s easy to read, has a backlight for darker environments, and lasts forever. What’s more, you can store dozens and dozens of books on it, so you can carry an entire library with you. But the thing is, aside from the battery part, your phone does all of that too. That’s the monster that Amazon has to defeat.
Philosophically speaking it’s just as easy to not use a Kindle as it is to use a Kindle. Reading a book on a Kindle is easy, but your phone does the same thing with minor tradeoffs. Your phone’s screen isn’t as big (unless you have a Samsung Galaxy Fold 4), and the battery doesn’t last as long, but you’re not going to let your phone die, and not just because you don’t want to miss out on reading.
The Kindle is the very best at what it does, which is great. But it’s also the most easily replaced tech in your bag. There are other ways you can read your Kindle content including phones, tablets, and computers, at least one of which you’ll have with you at all times. I will take the Kindle when I go to CES next week, but I probably will never take it to an amusement park during the summer.