Amazon appears to be allowing the world to enjoy it’s Kindle eBook device as of the 19th October 2009 and you can pre-order now for just $US279. This device has as much potential to change the consumption of Newspapers/Magazines & Books as did the iPod, and well ive been waiting ages for it to be finally released. The current US version operated on a outdated wireless platform, but the new device allows for updates via 3G.
The device is slim almost as thin as most magazines, and much lighter than a typical paperback or weekend paper. The advanced paper like display allows you to read the paper without glare and even in bright sunlight. To make it perfect you can now carry your entire library with the capacity to hold up to 1500 books, selected from Amazon’s collection of 350,000 books, magazines and newspapers. Most of the reviews seem to say that you can save at least 30-40% of Newspaper subscriptions and you don’t have to wait for delivery, as soon as they hit the news stands you receive a digital copy.
This instant media fix is very helpful for those obsessed or their job requires them to read international newspapers and magazines such as: New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Economist, Washington Post, USA Today or the New Yorker. With many companies such as News Corporation looking to build a wall around their online content, these devices present a good opportunity to get read for the next progression of media consumption.
Some of the new experimental features on the new version include “Text-to-Speech” where the Kindle can read newspapers, magazines, blogs and books out loud to you. The best part is that the new releases and New York Times best sellers are cheaper priced at $9.99 on a kindle.
Kindle device technical details
Display: 6″ diagonal E Ink® electronic paper display, 600 x 800 pixel resolution at 167 ppi, 16-level gray scale.
Size: 203.2mm x 134.6mm x 9.1mm
Weight: 289.2 grams
System Requirements: None, check wireless coverage
Storage: 2GB internal (1.4GB available for content)
Battery Life Wireless ON: On a single charge for up to 4 days
Battery Life Wireless OFF: On a single charge up to two weeks
Connectivity: HSDPA modem (3G)
USB Port: USB 2.0 (micro-B connector) to connect to a PC or Macintosh computer
Device Audio: 3.5mm stereo jack OR rear-mounted stereo speakers
Formats Supported: Kindle (AZW), TXT, Audible (Audible Enhanced (AA, AAX)), MP3, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; PDF, HTML, DOC, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion.
Included Accessories: Power adapter (supports 100V-240V), USB 2.0 cable, rechargeable battery