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Kindle eBooks Spotted at Amazon

The rumors of the Amazon Kindle are reaching a fevered state (okay, maybe only in my mind) but I was thrilled for some reason when I read at Engadget that Kindle ebooks were showing up as “other formats”. I did a quick search and sure enough, every book that I know off that is in e format has a corresponding Kindle Book format at Amazon. The prices are lovely too. All the paperbacks that I saw (even some of the overpriced penguin ones) were 20% off the cover price, although Lover Unbound was said to have a retail ebook price of $9.99. Bah Penguin.

Penguin’s anthology, An Enchanted Season (with a contribution from one of my favorite authors, Nalini Singh), was $9.99 which represents a 29% savings off the cover price of $14.00.

The Kindle format is supposed to be Mobipocket so it will be interesting to see if Kindle books purchased at Amazon are indeed useable on any device that can read a Mobipocket ebook. If so, price and convenience might drive people to purchase from Amazon.

Engadget is speculating that the appearances of the Kindle format at Amazon mean that October 15 could indeed be the release date. For some reason I keep hoping that the horrid pictures we saw of the Kindle previously will not be the final retail unit, that instead it will be this glorious gorgeous thing that will make me run to pull out my credit card and order the device. I want to be wowwed, Amazon. You know books, now let’s see how well you know readers.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

8 Comments

  1. Kalen Hughes
    Oct 03, 2007 @ 17:15:23

    Wow, that is one seriously ugly piece of equipment.

  2. Angela James
    Oct 03, 2007 @ 17:40:43

    And it will read only Mobipocket, is that right? Will it have a backlight? Wasn’t it supposed to be hideously expensive?

  3. Jane
    Oct 04, 2007 @ 08:25:59

    The rumors about pricing have been wildly different but I think the NYT article pegged it at $400. I think that is way too high and am hoping for something else. Someone suggested Amazon might subsidize it through a subscription plan. We’ll see. I noticed that the pricing has disappeared from the site, though. I guess that was a computer snafu.

  4. Bonnie Edwards
    Oct 04, 2007 @ 12:46:51

    Oh, boy, have I been out of the loop on this one! The Kindle edition on the listing for my books says they’re print editions!

    Now, I know they’re not.Thanks much.

    Bonnie Edwards

  5. MCHalliday
    Oct 04, 2007 @ 12:56:13

    For an ereader, it has an overlarge keyboard…and no details about backlight. I suppose it must be e-ink? The price is outrageous. I still don’t get why it has taken so long to come out with a good ereader at any price. Right size, weight, light, text size and screen colour, ease of downloads and variety of formats or conversion ability, high memory capacity without worry of losing data, long battery life…is this so difficult to configure?

  6. Ann Bruce
    Oct 04, 2007 @ 13:05:57

    If the reader does use e-ink, which apparently doesn’t allow backlighting (someone correct me if I’m wrong), a detachable light that fits on the side or on top should be included with the reader. I’m anal about my gadgets having similar designs, so I don’t want to buy a clip-on light that clashes with the reader and cannot be stored neatly together.

  7. Maya Reynolds
    Oct 05, 2007 @ 03:30:17

    The New York Times put the Kindle’s price at $400 to $500. At that price, it’s going to have to squeeze my morning orange juice and recharge my batteries for me to buy one.

    Although, knowing Amazon’s tendency to provide price supports, I’m guessing they’ll have an “introductory” price to encourage purchase.

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