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Kindle™ - A Portable Wireless Reading Device (by Amazon)

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007 4:00 am by RCW
Offer of the Day (11/20/2007):
Kindle: Amazon's New Wireless Reading Device
Display: 6" diagonal, 600 x 800 pixel resolution @ 167 ppi
Size (in inches): 7.5" x 5.3" x 0.7"
Weight: 10.3 ounces
System requirements: No computer required
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Kindle Overview

Amazon announced the release of Kindle™ a wireless reading device designed to “disappear in your hands”. This amazing device weighs only 10.3 ounces making it lighter than most paperback books, yet it is capable of storing over 200 titles. It is portable and ergonomic with a clear and crisp screen. There is no better way to read a book in digital format!

One of the best features that we find about this product over here at OfferOfTheDay, is that Kindle has free access to Sprint’s national high-speed (EVDO) wireless data network which means that you don’t have to find a hotspot in order to search and download new content. This means, no bills and no syncing required. Other key features include an amazing paper-like screen, full keyboard, built-in dictionary, a long battery life, and access to blogs and Wikipedia. If you have a friend or family member who is “too much into” reading, this item should go on the top of your Christmas list.

This is the future of book reading. It will be everywhere.
– Michael Lewis, author of Moneyball and Liar’s Poker

Paper-like Screen

Kindle ScreenUtilizing a new high-resolution display technology called electronic paper, Kindle provides a crisp black-and-white screen that resembles the appearance and readability of printed paper. The screen works using ink, just like books and newspapers, but displays the ink particles electronically. It reflects light like ordinary paper and uses no backlighting, eliminating the glare associated with other electronic displays. As a result, Kindle can be read as easily in bright sunlight as in your living room. The screen never gets hot so you can comfortably read as long as you like. — Amazon

It’s like paper and it’s very interesting. It’s very, very crisp. Very functional. Very readable.
– Neil Gaiman, author of Stardust

Carry Your Library in 10.3 Ounces

At 10.3 ounces, Kindle is lighter and thinner than typical paperbacks, and fits easily in one hand. Its built-in memory stores hundreds of titles. An optional SD memory card lets you hold even more. In addition, a copy of every book you purchase is backed up online in Your Media Library in case you ever need to download it again. — Amazon

Wireless Access with Whispernet

Kindle ScreenWhispernet utilizes Amazon’s optimized technology plus Sprint’s national high-speed (EVDO) data network to enable you to wirelessly search, discover, download, and read content on the go. Unlike WiFi, you don’t have to find a hotspot. Amazon pays for Kindle’s wireless connectivity so you will never see a monthly wireless bill for shopping the Kindle Store. There is no wireless setup—you are ready to shop, purchase and read right out of the box. — Amazon

Long Battery Life

Leave wireless on and recharge approximately every other day. Turn wireless off and read for a week or more before recharging. Kindle fully recharges in two hours. — Amazon

Ergonomic Design

Kindle’s full-length, vertical page-turning buttons are located on either side, allowing you to read and turn pages comfortably from any position. Navigation on both sides means both “lefties” and “righties” can easily use Kindle with one hand. And at only 10.3 ounces, Kindle is lighter and thinner than a typical paperback. — Amazon

Shop the Kindle Store Right from Your Device

You can shop the Kindle Store wirelessly right from your device, allowing you to click, buy, and start reading your purchases within a minute. — Amazon

Search

Kindle makes it easy to search across your library. To use the Search feature, simply type in a word or phrase you’re looking for, and Kindle will find every instance across your Kindle library. — Amazon

Keyboard

Kindle ScreenKindle’s QWERTY keyboard puts the Kindle Store at your fingertips. Simply type in a title, author, or keyword to find the book, newspaper, or magazine you are looking for. From there, click to buy, and begin reading your selection in under a minute. The keyboard also means you can annotate text and utilize Kindle’s built-in dictionary without interrupting your reading. — Amazon

Bookmarks and Annotation

By using the keyboard, you can add annotations to text, just like you might write in the margins of a book. And because it is digital, you can edit, delete, and export your notes, highlight and clip key passages, and bookmark pages for future use. — Amazon

Wireless Access to Wikipedia

Kindle also includes free built-in access to the world’s most exhaustive and up-to-date encyclopedia—Wikipedia.org. With Kindle in hand, looking up people, places, events and more has never been easier. It gives whole new meaning to the phrase walking encyclopedia. — Amazon

Built-in Dictionary

Kindle ScreenNever get caught without a dictionary. Kindle includes The New Oxford American Dictionary with over 250,000 entries and definitions, so you can seamlessly look up the meanings of words without interrupting your reading. — Amazon

Books, Newspapers, and More

The Kindle Store currently carries 88,000 books plus newspapers, magazines, and blogs. For your convenience, you can shop the Kindle Store directly on Kindle or on your PC via Amazon.com. Either way, all titles are wirelessly delivered right to your Kindle for free.. — Amazon

Product Overview

  • Revolutionary electronic-paper display
  • Simple to use: no computer, no cables, no syncing
  • Wireless connectivity enables you to buy a book & download in one minute
  • More than 88,000 books available, including New York Times® Best Sellers
  • Download and read first chapters for free before you decide to buy
  • Top U.S. newspapers
  • Top international newspapers from France, Germany, and Ireland
  • More than 250 top blogs
  • Lighter and thinner than a typical paperback; weighs only 10.3 ounces
  • Holds over 200 titles
  • Long battery life. Fully recharges in 2 hours.
  • Kindle utilizes the same high-speed data network (EVDO) as advanced cell phones
  • No monthly wireless bills, service plans, or commitments
  • Includes free wireless access to Wikipedia.org
  • Email your Word documents and pictures (.JPG, .GIF, .BMP, .PNG) to Kindle
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