Amazon.com has just begun selling the Kindle, its ebook reader with cutting-edge features like the ability to wireless download books and newspapers which can then be viewed on its E-Ink display.
It’s All About the Content
Amazon is aware that the only way the Kindle will be successful is if users have easy access to a wide variety of content. That’s why it has used its clout as one of the largest book stores in the world to allow users of this device access to 88,000 books, including 100 of 112 current New York Times Best Sellers.
In addition, Kindle users will be able to subscribe to newspapers — The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and more — and magazines — TIME, Atlantic Monthly, and Forbes, etc. People will even be able to subscribe to blogs like Slashdot, The Onion, and Michelle Malkin.
It will also let users access to the online encyclopedia Wikipedia.
Buy Books Almost Anywhere
What makes the Kindle different from its top competitor, Sony’s Reader Digital Book, is users don’t need a PC to get content. A Wi-Fi connection isn’t required either. A Kindle can connect to Sprint’s 3G (EV-DO) cellular-wireless network to download and install content.
But users don’t have to sign up for a monthly service plan with Sprint. Instead, Amazon has set up a pay per use system for this product. The cost of wirelessly downloading each ebook is built into the price, and a monthly subscription fee pays for both the content and downloading of newspapers, magazines, and blogs.
Amazon says most ebooks cost $10, newspaper subscriptions range from $10 – $15 a month, magazines cost $1 to $2 a month, and blogs are $1 a month. The book seller will offer free samples of books to allow people to try them out before buying.
People will also be able to email themselves Microsoft Word documents and images and view them on the Kindle (10 cents per attachment).
An Overview of the Kindle
The Kindle has a 6-inch E-Ink electronic paper display. This will have 600 by 800 pixel resolution at 167 ppi, and offer 4-level grayscale.
The whole device is 7.5 inches tall, 5.3 inches wide, 0.7 inches thick. It weighs 10.3 ounces.
It is capable of holding over 200 titles in its memory.
Amazon says that users will need to recharge the Kindle approximately every other day if its wireless function is turned on. If it is off this device can run for a week or more without recharging.
The Kindle is available now for $400 on Amazon’s web site.