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Amazon Launches Kindle eBook Reader

at 12:15 - 6th, May 2009
Amazon Kindle - ebook reader

Slim: Just over 1/3 of an inch, as thin as most magazines
Carry Your Library: Holds up to 3,500 books, periodicals, and documents
Beautiful Large Display: 9.7" diagonal e-ink screen reads like real paper; boasts 16 shades of gray for clear text and sharp images
Auto-Rotating Screen: Display auto-rotates from portrait to landscape as you turn the device so you can view full-width maps, graphs, tables, and Web pages
Built-In PDF Reader: Native PDF support allows you to carry and read all of your personal and professional documents on the go
Wireless: 3G wireless lets you download books right from your Kindle DX, anytime, anywhere; no monthly fees, no annual contracts, and no hunting for Wi-Fi hotspots
Books In Under 60 Seconds: You get free wireless delivery of books in less than 60 seconds; no PC required
Long Battery Life: Read for days without recharging
Read-to-Me: With the text-to-speech feature, Kindle DX can read newspapers, magazines, blogs, and books out loud to you, unless the book's rights holder made the feature unavailable
Big Selection, Low Prices: Over 275,000 books; New York Times Best Sellers and New Releases are only $9.99, unless marked otherwise
More Than Books: U.S. and international newspapers including the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, magazines including The New Yorker and Time, plus popular blogs, all auto-delivered wirelessly

Tricoders are finally here! yay!

looks pretty nifty though i think i still prefer the idea of a book.
price tags is US$489. available in june.

i'm particularly curious about js' reaction seeing as he already has an ebook reader.
Kindle @ Amazon

• Alex


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js js
News comment 1 | User comment 1050 | 9:59 - 7th, May 2009

It looks pretty nice, but the reason i hadn't bought a kindle before is:

Q: If I live outside of the US, can I buy a Kindle?
A: To buy a Kindle, you must have a valid account, with a US shipping address and a credit/debit card that comes from an American bank.

Also i'm not even sure you can transfer files directly to the device, you have to use the kindles wireless system. You email the file to a special address and amazon converts it to their format at 15 cents per megabyte. Then it uses sprints network to transfer the file to your phone. That wouldn't work here.

Alex Alex
News comment 2 | User comment 4946 | 10:18 - 7th, May 2009

i hate closed systems like that. there must be a way around it, maybe a homebrew kindle scene could develop

so you get charged for the conversion and then without the right cellphone plan, get charged for the transfer. thats just obnoxious.

js js
News comment 3 | User comment 1050 | 14:26 - 8th, May 2009

Actualy i don't thing there's a need for a cell plan, that's probably what the 15 cents is for. The problem i have with it is that there's no need for wireless in this product, it just inflated the price adding it in and it probably drains the battery faster than my sony since there's no option to turn it off.

Alex Alex
News comment 4 | User comment 4946 | 14:28 - 8th, May 2009

there must be a point for the wireless. if anything, maybe for a future os upgrade or something?

js js
News comment 5 | User comment 1050 | 15:22 - 8th, May 2009

The main reason for it is that you can access the internet on the device and receive RSS updates and magazine subscriptions. I don't know how anyone would be able to use the web properly on a kindle and the other services could all be offered by downloading it to the computer. It's probably a DRM thing too, if the file was sent through a computer, it could be copied.

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