The Kindle Post

Kindle: Amazon’s Wireless Reading Device 
 
A quick check at Amazon shows it’s sold out, as usual; but that doesn’t really mean much when you figure that Amazon.com says the same thing about Print-on-demand books that they never stock. I think what they mean is they’re saying “Sold Out” until they get enough orders to warrant building a bunch of new Kindles. Anyway, whatever you might think, Kindle is going to be a contender. Amazon is in a prime position to put an eBook reader on the market. In fact, if they don’t manage to nail a solid foothold, then something’s very wrong.
 

Wireless Reading Device

Wireless Reading Device

“Kindle’s” a catchy name, and that’s good because it’s sure not helped out by its descriptive subtitle. Is it just me, or does the phrase “Wireless Reading Device” sound like something a robot might come up with after about two lazy attempts. Not very imaginative or ‘user friendly’ in the name department. I know they’re trying to keep the door open to downloading newspapers and magazines, but Wireless Reading Device is never going to roll off the tongue.
 
A step or two away from the comfort level afforded by “eBook Reader,” or “eBook,” yah? Anyway, it’s clear that Amazon is giving it a major push. They’re also involved on the publishing end, doing what they can to put a camel clutch on the eBook, Print-on-demand and traditional publishing marketplace. So they’re in a hell of a position to dominate.
 
So it makes you wonder why Kindle isn’t tricked out to read pdf files. You can convert them, but it seems like a hell of an oversight. More likely it’s some kind of power play. Adobe’s probably playing hard to get or they’re making their own Reader. They’ve got the software. They just need the hardware. Anybody know more about that?
 
Kindle’s specs are interesting, no doubt. And they’re using an “electronic-paper display’ that sounds similar to the Sony product.
 
They’re selling New York Times® Best Sellers and New Releases for $9.99, (unless marked otherwise), so that’s still a bit of a bite financially for a digital file, since they brag about these things downloading in less than a minute using their wireless wispernet connectivity. You just have to think about the price there. That’s the same as a paperback, minus all of the physical reasons for adding cost, shipping, storing, displaying etc. It’s a digital file that is copied. Doesn’t seem to warrant the price.
 
I mean the Kindle costs you $359 and then you have to paperback prices to read books on it…doesn’t make a lot of sense.

Sony eBook Reader

I’m a reader, and like everybody else I can see that times are changing for one of the oldest, user friendly technologies  we’ve got.  BOOKS! And that being the case, encouraged by dwindling paperback selection in stores and rising prices, it’s clear to me that Ebooks or eBooks or e-books or Digital Books or whatever you want to call them, are going to be the way of the future.

Sony PRS700 Reader  Pricey at $399.99

I didn’t think I could make the leap. I work on a computer, watch movies and television on screens. I used to swear up and down I’d never use an Ebook or Ebook Reader for fun and relaxation. Then I met one of these. Check out the features here.

The Sony PRS700 Reader Digital Book – eBook Reader

eBook Reader

eBook Reader $399.99!

The E Ink® “Electronic Paper” is a new experience, and is a break for “monitor” eyes. None of that plasma glow, it even comes with a light so you can read in bed or on a flight.

Access to a Sony eBook store comes with it. The eBook prices are high, and I really think that’ll be the only thing standing in the way of these things taking off.

Come on, $24.95 for Stephen King’s The Shining. Nothing personal Mr. King, I love the book but I read it 30 years ago! (Might be time for a discount…)

Anyway, there’s an interesting selection there, though I have to reiterate that the prices are still more than anyone should have to part with for a digital file. (Like they are for ebooks everywhere online.) On the bright side, it guarantees we’ll see them at Pirate Bay.

Regardless, this machine presented very well in a leather case–was easy to use and easy on the eyes and actually got me thinking I could relax with it.