I awoke to find several of my favorite ebook blogs posting about the Amazon Kindle and its purported release in October according to the NY Times. The news is nothing new except for still another release date. The Kindle is rumored to have built in wi fi so that you can purchase your books “over the air” instead of being tethered to a laptop or desktop.
Frankly, with the reduced priced iPods that also have wi fi not to mention 8GB or 16GB internal memory, a color screen, a keyboard and a hot form factor, I can’t imagine anyone jumping on the Kindle bandwagon when the price point is rumored to be between $400-$500 and is fugly to boot.
I have heard some whispers that Amazon might subsidize the price of the reader by requiring the purchaser to subscribe to Amazon’s ebook service.