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    More on E-Books – The Kindle
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  • Published: Nov 21st, 2007

A couple of days ago I posed the question, “Plastic or paper?” Are you an e-book reader or do you still like the feel of paper between your hands? Yesterday Amazon.com released the Kindle. This is Amazon’s answer to the iPod for books. Last night, Amazon.com’s CEO Jeff Bezos was talking to Charlie Rose on PBS. Mr. Bezos was deliriously happy because they’d sold out of The Kindle in 5 1/2 hours on opening day. It would appear that readers in fact prefer plastic — to the tune of $399. This is not a cheap device.

E-readers have been in use for a while, with the reader downloading their purchases from their computer. The Kindle is wireless, allowing the reader to download from wherever they can connect to the web. Let’s say you’re having coffee at your local Starbucks. You open your Kindle and begin to browse, see something you’ve got to read – with a push of a button it’s on your reader in less than one minute. Books aren’t the only thing on the menu – you can download magazines, newspapers and eventually e-mail.

The Kindle delivers some pretty nifty advantages:

It uses a high speed data network (EVDO) as advanced cell phones, so you never have to look for a hot-spot. What that means is you can download a book whether you’re in the back of a taxi, at the airport, in bed, or visiting Grandma at the farm.

Books are delivered in less than one minute.

They have over 88,000 titles available.

You can download and read first chapters for free before you decide to buy.

Your Kindle will hold over 200 titles.

It has Blogs, magazines and newspapers.

However, if you’ve got to have the latest tech gadget – this one is sold out – and won’t be back in stock until November 29th. I bet they’ve got people working triple time to make sure they’re stocked up for the Christmas rush.

Well, there you have it. We’re full on into the digital age.
Ladies and gentleman – THE KINDLE

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  1. Lone Chatelaine
    on Nov 21st, 2007
    @ 7:42 am

    I don’t know…If I was going to download an e-book at Grandma’s farm I think I’d rather just use my laptop, as I’d never go out of town without it anyway. I just combined my cellphone and Mp3 player in efforts to downsize. The last thing I need is another gadget with data on it to keep up with.

    But EVDO coverage is still not everywhere, most likely not at Grandma’s farm, and definitely not out here in the country where I live. My EVDO cellphone is worthless out here for any kind of high speed connectivity. So I’m still stuck with either my laptop and DSL (which we just got out here last year) or good old paper.

    Besides, the books look so much nicer on the built in shelves in the den.


  2. Bev
    on Nov 24th, 2007
    @ 2:45 pm

    I would be constantly thinking to myself, I could have bought X amount of books with that $400.


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