November 19, 2007 by Rachel Cericola
Today, Amazon made possibly its largest announcement ever—they are manufacturing Kindle, an electronic book reader.
Apparently the announcement was the biggest thing since, well… Sony’s e-Book, maybe? It seemed to be a pretty big buzz on the web. Maybe because it adds in a ton of other features, such as automatic downloads and email access. Maybe it’s just because Amazon is excited to have a whole new stream of revenue.
Aside from offering the $399 device, the mega-e-tailer will also have 88,000 books available for the unit. Those can be downloaded without a PC, via Sprint’s EVDO network—which you don’t even have to sign up for. Amazon is flipping that bill. That’s sort of cool.
They should be able to recoup some of that cost through book sales. I4U says that “New York Times” bestsellers will cost about 10 bucks.
Other Kindle features include a keyboard, the ability to hold about 200 books, a built-in dictionary and Wikipedia access.
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Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.
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