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Product page.   Zdnet is dubious: "Is the Amazon Kindle going to be a monthly fee nightmare?"   Curious to see how this does.    

I'm pretty sure you can read blogs on the Kindle.

Amazon just unveiled Kindle Matchbook.* Amazon will search all of your past book purchases, and if a "match" exists, allow you to buy the Kindle book for $2.99 or less. At the moment, only 6 of my p

As Jason points out in his article, for that kind of money, I'd expect to get a whole lot more than just a book reader. Doesn't $350 buy a much more complex and useful iPhone or BB? And I'd think that anyone buying this thing would already have a pretty quick connection to the Internets. I'm all for instant gratification, but I can usually wait until I get home to make my purchase.

 

I wonder how much 3G adds to the price. It does seem kind of pointless on the Kindle, if its primary (only?) function is to download books.

 

I suppose the other question is whether people will want another electronic media device, or use just one. One of the reasons I bought an iPhone was because I only wanted to schlep one device rather than a phone and MP3 player. Reading books on the iPhone isn't a very satisfactory experience, but I'd be willing to spend a few hundred bucks in a couple of years and upgrade to a model that lets me read books as well as listen to music, watch movies, read blogs, surf the web, etc. I'm not really interested in carrying around another piece of electronics.

 

I don't think the 3G transceiver itself adds much to the cost, its the overhead of Amazon paying Sprint to maintain the service, and then passing it off as part of the device and book cost.

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Maybe it's just me, but I find it such a relief to get away from a screen and read words on a page. Much less strain, it seems.

 

I thought so as well until I actually got to use a Kindle for a few weeks. The e-Ink technology is totally different from other types of display technology. It is actually "Ink" that is energized and gets painted onto a substrate. Kind of like an etch-a-sketch, but a computer controls it. It looks exactly like paper, you can read it in total sun glare clear as paper.

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Sounds interesting. I should take a look some time. The best attempt I've yet seen to reproduce a reading experience on-screen is the New Yorker digital archive, which allows you to read single or double pages and zoom in and out easily - and the images are excellent quality.

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Sounds interesting. I should take a look some time. The best attempt I've yet seen to reproduce a reading experience on-screen is the New Yorker digital archive, which allows you to read single or double pages and zoom in and out easily - and the images are excellent quality.

 

You can actually buy a kindle and test it out for 30 days before you have to pay for it. That's what I did.

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When I read this my first thought was that reading a book on an itsy bitsy screen which requires nearly constant scrolling is probably not going to be much fun.

you have no sense of adventure

I never text message on my cell phone either. OTOH I've been a Blackberry user for 10 years. I like my technology to make sense.

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When I read this my first thought was that reading a book on an itsy bitsy screen which requires nearly constant scrolling is probably not going to be much fun.

you have no sense of adventure

I never text message on my cell phone either. OTOH I've been a Blackberry user for 10 years. I like my technology to make sense.

luddite

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