Kindle Intro'ed; Will It Be an E-book iPod?

Kindle Intro'ed; Will It Be an E-book iPod?

Usually the thought of reading an e-book brings to mind reading tiny, tiny print on a tiny, tiny screen.  Amazon.com today introduced the Kindle, which it hopes will assuage all those fears.

E-books have pretty much flopped until now, but this morning Amazon.com introduced the Kindle, a device they hope does for e-books what the iPod did for MP3 players.

The Kindle weighs about 10 oz. and can hold up to 200 titles. Size-wise it's 7.5" x 5.3" x 0.7" --- as you can see, smaller than a folded-up newspaper. Cost: not cheap, at $399, but despite the fact that it uses cellular technology (EVDO) to deliver the titles to you, there are no monthly or wireless fees.

Here's the big issue for us: leaving a newspaper or paperback on the train is no big deal.  Leaving a $399 Kindle --- real big deal.

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For someone who reads about 10-15 books a year, the savings for buying electronic versions for $10 may be worth it. Currently I spend anywhere from $15-25 on average now, so it may be worth a try with potential long term savings. Guess I just need to see how it pans out before jumping in as $400 isn't exactly cheap. I've never liked reading on a computer screen, but from what I see in the video, it looks damn near the same as paper. I'm curious to see what kind of hacks come out in the months ahead. That could be the deal sealer for me.

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Still seems a little odd but definitely would have its place for sure. I think "informational readers" would flock to this but those reading for entertainment might kick back old school and still, like spinning vinyl or heck even CDs these days, want to actually flip a page.

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I thought the Sony E-book reader was going to be the big thing, but until we have a universal electronic book format I think this will flop. 

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