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Amazon Kindle: The New iPod for Books?

Amazon KindleI'm sure by now you've heard all about Amazon's new Kindle ebook reader. It's being touted as the new "iPod for books." Personally, I've never used an ebook reader (Sony PRS-505, Mobipocket or any of the others), thinking that I'd prefer the feel of a paper book to a mini onscreen version. But the Amazon Kindle sounds promising.

See for yourself by watching three video reviews of the Kindle at Newsweek, PC Magazine and ZD Net.

Another cool thing for independent publishers: Amazon has a Digital Text Platform site described as "a fast and easy self-publishing tool that lets you upload and format your books for sale in the Kindle Store."

But not everyone is raving about the Amazon Kindle. On the Motley Fool web site, one writer remarked ...

"I still believe that the Kindle -- in its present form -- is going to be a tough sell to the masses at $400 a pop ... For the revolution to happen, Amazon is going to need to attract millions -- or at the very least, hundreds of thousands -- of Kindle buyers at $199, instead of settling for what I would unscientifically peg to be tens of thousands paying $399 at the moment."

What do you think?


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  • It's definitely too expensive. But that's its only flaw. My guess is that Amazon is trying to extract every penny out of early adopters to subsidize keeping the e-books themselves cheap.

    I just got the Kindle 2 two days ago, and it is extremely cool. The folks around my office are mesmerized by it. I will definitely read more and will definitely buy more books than I used to.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At Thursday, March 05, 2009  

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