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Kindle is Live Today!

The NYT reports. There is also a letter of introduction at Amazon itself.

What is Kindle?

According to Amazon, it is a "wireless, portable reading device with instant access to more than 90,000 books, blogs, magazines and newspapers. [...] Kindle weighs 10.3 ounces--less than a paperback--but can carry two hundred books." According to the NYT, it is an "iPod for books."

What does it all mean?

Well it could be the true coming revolution we've heard about since...um...the nineties maybe?? I remember hearing about electronic paper in 2003. I like the concept though the fact it's as yet only B&W may be a drawback--does that mean it only offers plain text books. If I want to download Absolute Sandman, how is it going to view?

It costs $399. You can download books for around $10 a pop. Newspapers (such as NYT) will be about $13. Blogs will average $0.99-$1.99. You get to skip the advertising. There's a monthly fee to support its accompanying wireless.

I admit to being intrigued. It does claim it can go 30 hours between charges, which sounds nice. I don't think I could read it during a flight though.

Any thoughts?

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