Nov 19 2007
The Amazon Kindle is available for order. The price is $399 with free shipping. There are some author testimonials from people like James Patterson, Michael Lewis and Neil Gaiman who all extol the marvelous screen which you would think that Amazon invented. It did not. It’s eink technology and the Sony Reader and Bookeen Cybook both have the same screen.
- 6″ screen
- Size (in inches): 7.5″ x 5.3″ x 0.7″
- 10.3 oz
- says that there is no need for a computer so no system requirements
- Formats supported: Microsoft Word, HTML, TXT, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, PRC and MOBI files
Because there are no system requirements, I am not sure how you get your existing ebooks to the Kindle unless you email them. There is a USB connection so perhaps it is recognized by Mac and PC computers as a USB storage device.
- Search feature
- Email compatibility but only with other Kindle users at a cost of 10 cents per email. (This really isn’t a plus.)
- Keyboard which allows bookmarks and annotations.
- $9.99 pricing for all NYT Bestsellers and all new hardcover releases.
You can get newspapers and magazines such as the NYTimes and Forbes downloaded to your device, but there is an additional monthly subscription fee. Popular blogs chosen by Amazon are also downloadable but for a fee of $1.99 per month. Yes, everything that you can possibly get for free on the internet except for magazines cost money with the Kindle.
According to the manual, only UNPROTECTED Mobi pocket files will be readable on the Kindle.
Tip: Mobipocket files must have no Digital Rights Management (DRM) protection applied to be readable on your Kindle. If you purchased a Mobipocket file from a Mobipocket retailer, you will not be able to open the file on your Kindle.
Also, the Amazon format is a mobipocket but it appears to be a mobipocket format read only on the Kindle. No one but Kindle buyers can buy Kindle ebooks. According to the buying information:
1-Click to order your Kindle Edition. Your purchase will be sent automatically and wirelessly to the Kindle via Amazon Whispernet. No cables, no computer, no syncing.
This is an entirely closed system whereby the Kindle practically holds your ebook purchases hostage.