Amazon Kindle Wireless eBook Reader


Let’s see if Amazon can change the habits of average readers with their cool, wireless book reader.

The Amazon Kindle uses the same revolutionary electronic ink display as the Sony eBook reader I’ve owned for several months. The e-ink electronic displays on these devices does not have a backlight. Instead, you read it with ambient room light which makes reading on an e-ink reader much like reading a paper book. Not having a backlight also helps explain the long battery lives of both the Amazon Kindle and the Sony eBook Reader.

The Amazon Kindle’s display is about the same size as my Sony reader’s display, which I’ve found to be adequate. The Amazon Kindle allows wireless delivery of books and periodicals through the same phone network as cell phones, but you pay only for the books you buy, you won’t pay any monthly fees with the Amazon Kindle. Here are more details:

  • Both the Amazon Kindle and the Sony eBook Reader use a revolutionary electronic-paper display provides a sharp, high-resolution screen that looks and reads like real paper. I wrote about this fascinating e-ink technology here:
  • The Amazon Kindle requires no computer and no cables, unlike the Sony eBook reader which requires you to buy books on your computer and transfer them to the Sony Reader.
  • The Kindle uses EVDO wireless connections so you can shop the Kindle Store directly from your Kindle—whether you’re in an airport, taxi, park, at work or at home. You buy a book through the Kindle and it’s delivered in it’s entirety in less than one minute.
  • The Amazon Kindle has more than 88,000 books available, including 95% of the current New York Times® Best Sellers. Even better news is that most New York Times® Best Seller titles and all New Release books are only $9.99, unless marked otherwise.
  • Amazon will allow you to download and read first chapters of a book for free before you decide to buy.
  • No more struggling with paper copies of periodicals on your morning commute. Wirelessly download many U.S. newspapers including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post; and magazines including TIME, Atlantic Monthly, and Forbes—directly to the Amazon Kindle, while you’re on the go.
  • Wirelessly read more than 250 top blogs including BoingBoing, Slashdot, TechCrunch, ESPN’s Bill Simmons, The Onion, Michelle Malkin, and The Huffington and others from the worlds of business, technology, sports, entertainment, and politics.
  • Either the Amazon Kindle or the Sony eBook Reader will hold more than 200 titles. I’ve found having a lot of different books on my reader is impractical. Typically, I leave five or six books in my Sony’s internal memory and I copy other things I want to read to an inexpensive SD memory card that I shuttle back and forth between my laptop and the reader when I’m on the go. The Sony reader allows you to carry up to 1,800 full books on a 2GB SD memory card, but I can’t imagine why you’d ever want to 😉
  • Click here to read more about Amazon’s Kindle Wireless Book

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