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