As you may have noticed, a lot of the "poor graphics" on the old white Kindles was a limitation of the e-ink screen
. It could only show 4 shades of gray rendering it useless for some types of material like photos and some illustrations. The new color Kindles are screamingly good displays, but they'll only last 8? 10? hours on a charge instead of four weeks.
But regardless of the display, I have found a lot of "simple" line illustrations, that should be incredibly clear when zoomed, simply crap out on e-readers. A lot of the authors simply are embedded the wrong kind of graphics. A lot of ebook material is simply out of print material the author dropped in a scanner and converted, and the images
are always low resolution bitmaps that can't be zoomed in any useful way.
And the average customer really shouldn't have to know that's author-error, not a device or technology problem. Personally, when I am reading an ebook that has been produced poorly, I make sure to complain to Amazon. They do track complaints, and if enough people complain, Amazon might start acting as a publisher (i.e. supervising production and ensuring standards) instead of acting like a hoarder.
You also aren't limited to ebooks from Amazon. One of the things they don't bother to make a big deal about, is that you can transfer open-source materials (books AND music) to most Kindles and then share them freely. Of course most of the open-source means older material that is past copyright
, but there are a surprising number of classics most of us have missed out on. And some odd gems, like PT Barnum's comments about not insulting the rubes, because that makes it harder to take their money
I wonder, if real book publishers could magically "lock" printed books, so you couldn't lend them to friends, how everyone would feel about that.
I think there's a way for at least some Kindle owners to "loan" some of their books, which become accessible only to that one "loanee" for a while. And then too, there's the free Kindle loans to Prime+Kindle members (must be both) which aren't top names but often are high second-tier.