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. today introduced the Kindle, which it hopes will assuage all those fears.

E-books have pretty much flopped until now, but this morning 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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