Amazon Kindle: Wireless Portable e-Book Reader (US)

Last week Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder and CEO introduced Amazon Kindle, another innovative product from Amazon. Kindle is a convenient, portable reading device with the ability to wirelessly download books, blogs, magazines, and newspapers in less than a minute.

Amazon claims Kindle to be sharp, high-resolution screen, easy on the fingertips and never gets hot. The device has long battery life. It can be fully recharged in 2 hours. Kindle is completely mobile, stands its own without the need for a PC. Kindle does not use Wi-Fi, so you never need to locate a hotspot.

Amazon deliver your content using their own wireless delivery system called Amazon Whispernet. Newspaper subscriptions are delivered wirelessly each morning. Most magazines arrive before they hit newsstands. There are no service plans, yearly contracts, or monthly wireless bills for Kindle. You pay for Kindle, it includes the wireless coverage also.

You can shop for books, newspapers and blogs using Kindle. Kindle lets you download and read the beginning of books for free, to help you make a shopping decision. All newspaper subscriptions start with a risk-free two-week trial. Shop for a book and it is auto-delivered wirelessly in less than one minute.

The Kindle shop has more than 88,000 books (including 100 of New York Times® Best Sellers), top U.S. newspapers (The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post, etc..), and top magazines (TIME, Forbes, etc..), and more than 250 top blogs (BoingBoing, Slashdot, TechCrunch, etc..). The news and blog sites are updated wirelessly throughout the day.

Kindle includes free wireless access to wikipedia.org. Kindle also includes The New Oxford American Dictionary with over 250,000 entries and definitions, so you can seamlessly look up the meanings of words without interrupting your reading. You can also email your Word documents and pictures (.JPG, .GIF, .BMP, .PNG) to Kindle for easy on-the-go viewing.

Amazon Kindle is currently priced at $399.

2 Comments

  1. Hi Nikhil,
    Yeah, Scoble always has high aspirations on technology, he being a geek! All Americans are not geeks as him! Some of his comments on usability makes sense to me; but not for social networking, gifting, touch screen, & e-commerce.

    I guess Amazon designed the Kindle with a vision of bringing in a wireless reading medium for common man. This is the first release and is named as Wireless e-Book Reader, not an A9phone or Gphone or iPhone! 🙂

    Hopefully Amazon will bring ecommerce, gifting, and other amazon.com functionality into Kindle slowly as the device is out there with many people. It makes sense and economical for Amazon to add new functionality when Kindle has reached many people.

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