Advertisement

City of Brass

City of Brass

Amazon’s new Kindle 2 is iPhone sexy

Today Amazon.com has officially announced the second-generation Kindle ebook-reader, and it looks amazing.kindle3.jpg

The original version was pretty clunky-looking, which didn’t stop Amazon from selling (by some estimates) over half a million of them. The selling point was really how easy it made it to buy books from the Kindle Store – $10 per title, even for bestsellers and new releases, and these could be downloaded instantaneously, via the free wireless network. Given that I routinely spend $5 on a latte at Starbucks, this is actually a pretty reasonable price (especially considering that the dead-tree versions cost three times as much, and are far less portable).

Advertisement

The most important feature of any e-book reader is the screen, and the Kindle’s “e-ink” technology does the job well, with great visibility even outdoors in bright sunlight. However, the extra features are also impressive, including an mp3 player, built in annotations and dictionary lookup, Microsoft Office document (read-only) support, and even text-to-speech of any book in your library. You can even subscribe to popular blogs (including everything on Beliefnet), which I think has implications for the political sphere as well.

amazon_kindle_2_leak.jpgThe price is pretty steep, of course – $359. If you bought one book a week (and assume $20 savings for each) then it will take about 5 months to break even. Of course, that assumes you were spending $30 on books every week to begin with, which certainly isn’t the case with me. I do, however, spend about $30 a month on Starbucks, so there’s some room there to optimize.

Advertisement

If you’re into books, take a look at Kindle. The buzz is that it will change how people read books as profoundly as the iPod changed how people listen to music. Whether thats a good thing or a disaster for human civilization depends on your point of view, of course :)

UPDATE – Here’s the official press release, and coverage from Engadget and ZDNet.

Advertisement
Comments Post the First Comment »
post a comment

Comments are closed.



Previous Posts

G. Willow Wilson's Ms. Marvel nominated for Hugo Award - and needs YOUR support
Few people outside the fandom of science fiction and fantasy probably are aware of the Hugo Awards, but in a nutshell, they are the single most prestigious award for SF/F, launched in 1953 during the Golden Age of sci-fi. These are the Academy ...

posted 9:34:01am Apr. 17, 2015 | read full post »

Bomb blast in Karachi targets Dawoodi Bohra community
This happens almost every day in Pakistan - fanatic hirabists commit arrogant blasphemy and murder ...

posted 8:22:26am Mar. 20, 2015 | read full post »

Proof denies faith
On Reddit, someone posted the following question: "What convinces you that the Quran is the literal Word of God?" I think this is precisely the ...

posted 9:33:46am Mar. 13, 2015 | read full post »

Proud to be American, proud to be Muslim
This is a guest post by Safiya Dahodwala. Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS graced the land of America for the first time as the 53rd Dai (spiritual leader) of the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community. It has been nearly a decade since his predecessor, ...

posted 12:58:00pm Mar. 05, 2015 | read full post »

is ISIS Islamic? Wrong question.
There is an excellent longform essay on ISIS published in The Atlantic, "What does ISIS Really Want?" that lays out an excellent case fore ISIS being genuinely different in ideology, motivation and ethos than Al Qaeda. The real question boils ...

posted 11:34:08pm Feb. 17, 2015 | read full post »

Advertisement


Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.