Kindle Fire Usability Findings

Jakob Nielsen:

Amazon.com’s new Kindle Fire offers a disappointingly poor user experience. Using the web with the Silk browser is clunky and error-prone. Reading downloaded magazines is not much better.

Emphasis not mine.

Update: Khoi Vinh:

The Kindle software itself is a lousy reading experience; the justified, un-hyphenated typography is an eyesore, the font selection is depressingly homely, and the line-spacing is visually erratic. The net effect is that it feels like I’m consuming a pirated version of whatever book I’m reading, a sensation which might have been fine on earlier versions of Kindle hardware, but seems lazy on a device capable of producing beautiful results. I’m not saying that iBooks is perfect, but Amazon’s focus and head start on the reading experience should have put them in a much better position than this.