Is the Kindle the thinking man’s iPod?
Amazon today launched its new eBook reader device and service in the U.S. called Kindle. Succinctly put, it’s basically a book-reading version of the iPod. Using a special screen that can be read in sunlight and using minimal power, you can download books, magazines, blogs and manga from the internet and have it go right into your Kindle.
TechCrunch has some initial thoughts, mostly on how ugly it looks. Newsweek loves it. Interesting to point out is that it can download books anywhere. Its not relying on WiFi, but a built in network called Amazon WhisperNet based on a U.S. operator Sprint (hence it probably not working here in Hong Kong…yet.)
Our initial thoughts: great idea, great for Hong Kong with our shelves already overflowing with books. The Kindle even has a built in dictionary and wireless access to Wikipedia – woah! We’re sold! The only con right now is that it only displays in black and white, o you’ll only get greyscale images from your magazines, but of course a color model should be around the corner if user adoption is good on this model.
Click here to go to the Amazon page and watch videos and read up on all the features on this US$400 device that could really change the way we access newspapers and magazines. The part in the video where it automatically downloads your newspaper every morning is amazing.