Kindle(ing) Interest in E-Books

As you may have seen over the weekend, Amazon.com has launched it’s new E-Book reader+, Kindle, and a free online service for the device. For most like myself, the initial reaction was a resounding “Whoopdie doo! Yet another device slated for the slag heap or perhaps we could just use it as kindling (pun intended) .” Well, our initial reaction may have been wrong.

It seems that we may finally have a useful device on our hands. The Kindle has the opportunity to succeed where other E-Book Readers have failed. Not only does it have the content you are looking for (100 out of the 112 books on the NY Times Bestseller List), but it also has subscriptions available to several major magazines and some of the biggest newspapers here in the US. Full content book (including illustrations) are downloadable in under a minute from a browser built into the unit.
 

Best yet, the internet connection is what they call a whispernet. It piggybacks on the Sprint wireless network and at no charge. No more waiting to download books when you get home, or searching around town for a WiFi hotspot, anywhere you get cell phone reception, you can use your Kindle connection. Another spiffy aspect of this is that if you have a magazine or newspaper subscription, it automatically downloads overnight, no extra work for you. Oh and you never ever have to connect this to your computer (though you can). All of your books are stored on your Kindle and backed up on Amazon so you can re-download in case you lose or damage your unit.

All in all they have made the unit incredibly user friendly and simple, yet packed an immense amount of functionality into it. The one downside as far as I’m concerned is the 1980’s look of the Kindle. It’s a bit blocky in design and an ugly pre-iMac off white. Anyway check it out. This may very well be the step to change publishing that we have all been waiting for, if not at least a big step forward in kindling interest in e-books. I have to say I’m considering early adopter status at this point.


Kindle Demo Video

[Kindle Product Page (with author testimonial videos)]

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~ by David on November 19, 2007.

One Response to “Kindle(ing) Interest in E-Books”

  1. One thing I can say is that it would be awesome if Amazon let me have digital versions of the books I have already bought through my Amazon account.

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