E-book reader

Amazon is pushing a new device called the Kindle… what sets it apart from other readers is the fact that a computer is unnecessary. You can buy books over the air using the Sprint wireless network. Books download in about a minute, and the cost of the wireless access is (pardon the pun) folded into the price of the book.

No computer… wireless access… seems pretty cool if you can get into reading e-books. Looks like the interface is legible and works well. Still, the $399 price point is pretty steep, and of course the e-books aren’t free either. However, I’ve always sort of liked the idea of converting the concept of the iPod’s “music library in your pocket” to books. Maybe not as a replacement, but this could be something that shows up under the tree… in 2008 when the prices go down.

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