Amazon Kindle

amazonkindle.jpgThey’re only selling in the U.S. at the moment but I’m sure they’ll be more widely available soon.

The Amazon Kindle is a brilliant idea for those who like to have reading material at hand wherever they go. If you want a demonstration of the device you can see a video at the Amazon Kindle webpage.

They say that it’ll hold up to 200 books. That’d keep me going for a while. You can also download blogs, newspapers and magazines to read wherever you are.

Amazon Kindle is an electronic book (e-book) service launched in the United States by in November 2007. It uses an electronic paper display, reads the proprietary Kindle (AZW) format, and downloads content over Amazon Whispernet, which uses the Sprint EVDO network. This means that unlike previously existing e-book readers, the Kindle can be used without the need for a computer. Whispernet is accessible through Kindle without any fee. On the release day, the Kindle store had more than 88,000 digital titles available for download. The Kindle sold out in five and a half hours. –

I’m going on a long flight in April next year (more on that soon) and this would be very handy.

Do you think it’ll catch on? Obviously there is no shortage of people willing to give it a try.

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Rodney Olsen

Rodney is a husband, father, cyclist, blogger and podcaster from Perth Western Australia.

He previously worked in radio for about 25 years but these days he spends his time at Compassion Australia, working towards releasing children from poverty in Jesus' name.

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  • Thanks for answering a question I posed in my Jaiku feed today! I really do like the idea and concept of the Kindle, although I would like to see a slightly more reasonable price point.

  • EVDO networks are being discontinued in Australia (They are part of the CDMA network) so it would be good to see the device with 3G capacity.

  • Innovative, and looks like a better reading experience than other devices, but can’t see it replacing books for more than a small minority. I’ve tried e-books on my Palm, but only read this way if I can’t have a real book with me.

    US$9.99 per book could be too costly for frequent readers, when libraries are free, and it’s not something you’d take to the beach!

  • in the library where i work, there is talk of having loans on e-books shortly … a person will be able to download a book for 3 books, then after that loan period – poof! it disappears …

    i think i still like the comfort of holding a book and turning pages …

    blessings on ya!

  • The price is the only thing keeping me from buying one right now. I’m hoping that as with other electronic gadgets that the price of both the readers and the books will come down over time.

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