November 20 2007
Amazon just dropped their iPod for books called Kindle. It is a wireless e-book reader. The concept of a portable e-book reader is nothing new. Amazon is trying to change the landscape of print publishing with this device. A screen that is easy to read in any setting including outside in bright sunlight. It has the ability to read not only books, but magazines, blogs, and even your own documents from application such as Microsoft Word. It looks like it took some of it is technology from the XO. The kicker is that has the ability to connect to the EVDO network just like a cell phone. So you can purchase books, and magazines anywhere without the need for a wi-fi connection. Plus Amazon doesn't charge you for the connection. You can even connect to Wikipedia for no charge as well.
This could be the future textbook for students, imagine the cost saving for students (this might not work well for medical students). Amazon has over 90,000 e-books available for the Kindle right now. Check out these couple of videos on the Amazon Kindle. It costs $399.00. I think it is a little steep. Once the price comes between $100-150, I think it will catch on.
Would you try this and do you think this could replace traditional books or at least a specific area of books such as textbooks or newspapers?
A more detail video of the Amazon Kindle