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WSJ Reports Amazon To Launch E-Book Reader

12:24 pm on Nov 16, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Online retailer Amazon.com Inc plans to introduce its highly anticipated electronic book device at a New York event Monday, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday, citing two people familiar with the company's plans.

WSJ Reports Amazon To Launch E-Book Reader [uk.reuters.com]

5:15 pm on Nov 16, 2007 (gmt 0)

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There's an in-depth article.

Let me paraphrase it: The Wall Street Journal said CNET said Amazon may have a project called "Kindle" that's an ebook reader.

Now you don't have to waste time clicking the link.

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It's Newsweek's cover story this week.

According to a very annoyed Rafat Ali at Paid Content, it's a machine called Kindle and it cost $400. It is

is a 10.3 ounces device, with dimensions of a paperback, with a tapering of its width that emulates the bulge toward a book’s binding, the story says.Kindle’s six-inch screen uses the display technology from E-Ink, which mimes the clarity of a printed book.
-- It can hold as many as 200 books on the device (with more on the memory card), gets as many as 30 hours of reading on a charge, and recharges in two hours.
-- Also, it has wireless connectivity, via a system called Whispernet, which is based on the EVDO broadband service offered Sprint, (NYSE: S) allowing it to work anywhere, not just Wi-Fi hotspots.
-- The device can function independent of the PC: you can use it to go to the store, browse for books, check out your personalized recommendations, and read reader reviews and post new ones, tapping out the words on a thumb-friendly keyboard, the story says.
-- About 88,000 digital books will be on sale at the Kindle store on launch. The new books are priced generally around $9.99.
-- Besides books, you can subscribe to newspapers (the Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, (NYSE: WPO) Le Monde) and magazines (The Atlantic). You can also subscribe to selected blogs, which cost either 99 cents or $1.99 a month per blog.
-- It also allows you to look up things in Wikipedia, search via Google (NSDQ: GOOG) or follow links from blogs and other Web pages.

Ali's comments are interesting.

It's a little, limited computer/cellphone deal. I don't think it will work. Maybe Apple will pick up on it and make Amazon's network useable, but I don't think Amazon can sell hardware like this.

Now, if it had a phone in it... Hello, Google?

1:00 pm on Nov 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Why would they ever develop a hardware device -- I can see a software solution selling to save a few trees, but who wants ANOTHER device -- and one that's so limited. The market is talking about $100 to $200 laptops -- who would buy a $300 device just to read ebooks and newspaper, (and pay subscription, service and content fees to boot)?

I can see it now, "Indie Authors" -- self publishing and bypassing the AMAZON marketing channel to get their work to the masses -- oh, yeah -- they've already done it -- it's called the world wide web.

You can't curl up with a "book device" and fall asleep reading unless the device is shockproof --- or it will get damaged as you doze off and it slips from you hand and hits the floor... zzzzzzzzzzz.

2:32 am on Nov 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

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From my perspective of launching a new e-book this is exciting news. It's another nod to the consumer, and with enough of those the e-book market could begin to rise from it's doldrums. Eventually this will be the way to read books anyway, as our natural resources continue to dwindle and their costs continue to rise... eventually.

I haven't seen where this product offers speech options, a voice of your choosing to read the book to you. I suppose that technology still needs to be improved.

It will be interesting to see how many of these units are sold over this holiday season, and beyond?

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selling to save a few trees

but, burn more lumps of coal, and put more dead batteries in the landfill.

i suppose the books will have digital rights management on them, so no more lending a book after you're finished with it.

also, no more leaving one in the bathroom, while a different one is in the living room.

but, you can still use highlighter to your heart's content, as long as you don't scroll the screen :)

How many zero's do these whiz bangs have in their salaries again?

Lord love a duck.