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Amazon launch Kindle reading device

by Parm Mann on 19 November 2007, 15:46

Tags: Kindle reader, Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN)

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Kindle your love for reading?

At a launch event in New York today, Amazon launched its Kindle reading device which is now available at Amazon.com at a retail price of $399.

Having been in development for over 3 years, Amazon hopes the device will open new possibilities in the way we read. With built in wireless and no monthly wireless bills, Kindle offers direct access to over 88,000 books as well as newspapers, magazines and even blogs.

The device features a screen which Amazon define as a "revolutionary electronic-paper display", providing a sharp picture that reads just like real paper without causing the strain of a traditional PC screen. Weighing in at just 10.3 ounces, Kindle is lighter and thinner than most paperbacks and can store hundreds of titles at once.

Amazon Kindle

Speaking on Amazon.com, the Kindle Team states "We wanted Kindle to be completely mobile and simple to use for everyone, so we made it wireless. No PC and no syncing needed. Using the same 3G network as advanced cell phones, we deliver your content using our own wireless delivery system, Amazon Whispernet. Unlike WiFi, you’ll never need to locate a hotspot. There are no confusing service plans, yearly contracts, or monthly wireless bills—we take care of the hassles so you can just read."

With best sellers and new releases at $9.99 or less, newspaper subscriptions from $5.99 to $14.99 per month and Kindle magazines between $1.25 and $3.49 per month, Kindle offers a very appealing package. Furthermore, each subscription package is available for a free two week trial. A UK release date however has not yet been announced.

Further reading
Official product page at Amazon.com
Official Kindle store
Kindle video demonstration



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Just when I'm at the point in my life where I can afford to buy a gadget like this, is exactly when I no longer have the time to read for leisure. Which sucks.
can this only read some amazon proprietary format? or can you just shove any .txt or .pdf onto it?

and what operating system does it run? guessing some sort of linux?
UltraMagnus
can this only read some amazon proprietary format? or can you just shove any .txt or .pdf onto it?
It states it can view Word documents and pictures (.JPG, .GIF, .BMP, .PNG).

I think it's a pretty cool device, bit steep on the cost of the device but once you've got it I believe it could be very good to use.
Parm
It states it can view Word documents and pictures (.JPG, .GIF, .BMP, .PNG).

I think it's a pretty cool device, bit steep on the cost of the device but once you've got it I believe it could be very good to use.

great, its not ISO compliant…
I don't like it at all.

It restricts what we want to read. The only books on there will be books they want us to read, I doubt they'd have the sort of books I like.

I really don't like it. In fact, I detest it.