I know I'm a bit late to the game on this topic, and I'm hoping that it's still viewed by MPC editors, but here's my "2 cents" worth:
1) In regards to the price, with the Kindle 2 only costing $139 ($189 for the 3G+WiFi version), cost is no longer an honestly-considerable factor.
2) In terms of publication costs, it would cost far less to do a Kindle version, compared to the traditional print version.
3) I highly doubt that current print subscribers would cancel, in favor of the Kindle version. Chances are, more likely, that they might do both.
4) No matter how you look at it, even if print subscribers canceled, and subscribed to the Kindle version, it would still (as pointed out in point #2) cost Future Publications less, and, in reality, they would make more $$$.
5) With the Kindle 2 & Kindle DX using Pearl E-Ink technology, there is a far greater greyscale produced, lending itself to better conversion & showing of the color images, as seen in the print version.
6) There are already a decent number of other magazines with Kindle versions, including, most notably, Time, Newsweek, Technology Review, The New Yorker, Forbes, 2600 (yes, had to toss that one in
), and some little-known magazine called PC Magazine, all of which (ok, maybe not so much with 2600) include a considerable number of pictures, so there is absolutely no reason why MaximumPC can't do it as well.
7) In addition to all the new subscribers that MPC would gain (ie. those who would only subscribe to the Kindle version), I can (virtually) guarantee that a decent number of print subscribers would ALSO subscribe to the Kindle version, reading the print version at home, and the Kindle version everywhere else.
Because I want it...as, I am certain, many others do.
If the above eight points aren't enough for MaximumPC to seriously consider doing a Kindle version (and by that, I mean the full magazine, and not just the MaximumPC.com blog version currently being done), than I have no clue what will work. Yes, as long as the Kindle continues to use E-Ink technology, it will be impossible to do a color version, but, realistically, with the improved greyscale of the Kindle 2 & Kindle DX (with possibly future improvements), plus the thought that we really don't NEED full color, as greyscale is more than "good enough", is there any realistic reason not to do a Kindle version? I think not. So, MaximumPC, let's get the ball rolling, and give the people what they want...a full magazine subscription, in Kindle version (again, not referring to the blog version already being done). You have nothing t lose, and only additional profits to gain.