Jeff Bezos was forthcoming about some aspects of the Kindle’s near future at Amazon’s annual shareholder meeting on Tuesday. He said that the Kindle will continue to be focused on reading, not become a multipurpose device like the iPad.

He also said that a color kindle is a long way off—color e-ink is not ready for prime-time, and the color LCD reading experience is not as good as e-ink. (Though all the people buying books on the iPad already seem to have few problems with it.)

It’s odd Bezos should be so dismissive of LCD given that Amazon bought a touchscreen company back in February whose technology was said to work with color LCDs.

Needless to say, Bezos still did not disclose any Kindle unit sales figures.


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