Kindle Reader Uglier Than A Monkey's Armpit

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News Posted: Fri, Nov 16 2007 9:38 AM

Amazon is preparing to offer an e-book reader and associated download service on Monday of next week. There's already been several unsuccessful attempts to bring the printed word to portable electronic devices, without the eye-tiring backlit pixels you're looking at right now, for instance.  Unlike other devices, Amazon's "Kindle" reader is concentrating on the method of delivery of the content, not as much on the unit itself. That's a relief, as it explains why the pictures of the prototype Kindle reader I saw looked as elegant as a fax machine in 1988.

The Kindle is equipped with a Wi-Fi connection that taps into an Amazon e-book store, which users can access to purchase new electronic books--and Amazon has reportedly signed onto a deal with Sprint for EVDO access. Additionally, the device comes with a headphone jack for audiobooks, as well as an e-mail address.

But the source said the Kindle apparently won't bear many other BlackBerry-like features such as a calendar or address book. The Kindle may also lack a backlight. Instead, it comes with a small reading light attached to an adjustable arm.

From its inception, the Kindle has been geared toward "road warriors" and business travelers. The source told that the device includes a feature to download digital editions of The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal each morning.

So I can pay a reported $399 for a device that looks like the dashboard on a Ford Pinto and then pay for some wort of wireless broadband service so I can read two newspapers, which I can buy anywhere for a less than a buck. Then while waiting for Amazon to find publishers that will release their text electronically to the wild, maybe I can go to the Gutenberg Project and download Silas Marner. We're all thrilled. 

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Lev_Astov replied on Fri, Nov 16 2007 10:27 AM
If you're going to go on about how ugly it is, at least give us an easy link to an image of it. I had to dig for that one, and boy is it ugly!

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