Amazon today introduced the Kindle eBook reader that's connected to the web via EV-DO. Here is more info:
Product Overview for the Kindle by Amazon Team:
-Revolutionary electronic-paper display provides a sharp, high-resolution screen that looks and reads like real paper.
-Simple to use: no computer, no cables, no syncing.
-Wireless connectivity enables you to shop the Kindle Store directly from your Kindle?whether you?re in the back of a taxi, at the airport, or in bed.
-Buy a book and it is auto-delivered wirelessly in less than one minute.
-More than 88,000 books available, including 100 of 112 current New York Times Best Sellers.
-New York Times Best Sellers and all New Releases $9.99, unless marked otherwise.
-Free book samples. Download and read first chapters for free before you decide to buy.
-Top U.S. newspapers including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post; top magazines including TIME, Atlantic Monthly, and Forbes?all auto-delivered wirelessly.
-Top international newspapers from France, Germany, and Ireland; Le Monde, Frankfurter Allgemeine, and The Irish Times.
-More than 250 top blogs from the worlds of business, technology, sports, entertainment, and politics, including BoingBoing, Slashdot, TechCrunch, ESPN's Bill Simmons, The Onion, Michelle Malkin, and The Huffington Post.
-Lighter and thinner than a typical paperback; weighs only 10.3 ounces.
-Holds over 200 titles.
-Long battery life. Leave wireless on and recharge approximately every other day. Turn wireless off and read for a week or more before recharging. Fully recharges in 2 hours.
-Unlike WiFi, Kindle utilizes the same high-speed data network (EVDO) as advanced cell phones?so you never have to locate a hotspot.
-No monthly wireless bills, service plans, or commitments?we take care of the wireless delivery so you can simply click, buy, and read.
-Includes free wireless access to the planet's most exhaustive and up-to-date encyclopedia?Wikipedia.org.
-Email your Word documents and pictures (.JPG, .GIF, .BMP, .PNG) to Kindle for easy on-the-go viewing.
Introduction for the Kindle from the Amazon team:
"Three years ago, we set out to design and build an entirely new class of device?a convenient, portable reading device with the ability to wirelessly download books, blogs, magazines, and newspapers. The result is Amazon Kindle.
We designed Kindle to provide an exceptional reading experience. Thanks to electronic paper, a revolutionary new display technology, reading Kindle?s screen is as sharp and natural as reading ink on paper?and nothing like the strain and glare of a computer screen. Kindle is also easy on the fingertips. It never becomes hot and is designed for ambidextrous use so both "lefties" and "righties" can read comfortably at any angle for long periods of time.
We wanted Kindle to be completely mobile and simple to use for everyone, so we made it wireless. No PC and no syncing needed. Using the same 3G network as advanced cell phones, we deliver your content using our own wireless delivery system, Amazon Whispernet. Unlike WiFi, you?ll never need to locate a hotspot. There are no confusing service plans, yearly contracts, or monthly wireless bills?we take care of the hassles so you can just read.
With Whispernet, you can be anywhere, think of a book, and get it in one minute. Similarly, your content automatically comes to you, wherever you are. Newspaper subscriptions are delivered wirelessly each morning. Most magazines arrive before they hit newsstands. Haven?t read the book for tomorrow night?s book club? Get it in a minute. Finished your book in the airport? Download the sequel while you board the plane. Whether you?re in the mood for something serious or hilarious, lighthearted or studious, Kindle delivers your spontaneous reading choices on demand.
And because we know you can't judge a book by its cover, Kindle lets you download and read the beginning of books for free. This way, you can try it out?if you like it, simply buy and download with 1-Click, right from your Kindle, and continue reading. Want to try a newspaper as well? All newspaper subscriptions start with a risk-free two-week trial.
Kindle?s paperback size and expandable memory let you travel light with your library. With the freedom to download what you want, when you want, we hope you?ll never again find yourself stuck without a great read."
That looks pretty cool... the only problem is, although one possible definition of kindle is "to become impassioned or excited," another definition is "to light or set on fire." I wonder if the warranty says, "Not responsible if product is used literally."
Seriously though, it does look nice, except $400 is a bit steep.
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