Amazon Kindle – The Wireless Electronic Book


Amazon Kindle

It looks like electronic paper is finally going to become reality thanks to the Amazon Kindle and I must admit it looks pretty cool.

Three years ago, we set out to design and build an entirely new class of device—a convenient, portable reading device with the ability to wirelessly download books, blogs, magazines, and newspapers. The result is Amazon Kindle.

We designed Kindle to provide an exceptional reading experience. Thanks to electronic paper, a revolutionary new display technology, reading Kindle’s screen is as sharp and natural as reading ink on paper—and nothing like the strain and glare of a computer screen. Kindle is also easy on the fingertips. It never becomes hot and is designed for ambidextrous use so both “lefties” and “righties” can read comfortably at any angle for long periods of time.

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 Whispernet, you can be anywhere, think of a book, and get it in one minute. Similarly, your content automatically comes to you, wherever you are. Newspaper subscriptions are delivered wirelessly each morning. Most magazines arrive before they hit newsstands. Haven’t read the book for tomorrow night’s book club? Get it in a minute. Finished your book in the airport? Download the sequel while you board the plane. Whether you’re in the mood for something serious or hilarious, lighthearted or studious, Kindle delivers your spontaneous reading choices on demand.

The Kindle is due to ship November 29, 2007 and has a somewhat hefty price tag of $399.00, found via gadgets.fosfor.

4 reviews or comments

Peter Says: November 20, 2007 at 8:26 am

‘It looks like electronic paper is finally going to become reality thanks to the Amazon Kindle and I must admit it looks pretty cool.’

Are you saying that you don’t know of any other e-reader?!

The Kindle have some new features but it’s in no way the first e-reader.

To me the sony prs-505 seems like a better and nicer looking device.

Al Says: November 20, 2007 at 11:27 am

Thanks for commenting Peter. I was meaning more mainstream rather than reality (exceedingly bad wording on my part). With a force like Amazon behind it I can see it really taking off though they are going to have to lower that price a lot IMO.

Peter Says: November 20, 2007 at 11:57 am

Yes that’s probably true, that the Kindle will make eReaders more mainstream.

To bad it’s so ugly, expensive and tied to the Amazon store.
They should have made the keyboard part foldable or detachable and lowered the price to ~$200.

Cheryl Elphinstone Says: July 3, 2008 at 9:11 pm

Hi I live in Australia and am interested in the Amazon Kindle but it I were to purchase this could I still download and use as normal here in Australia.

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