Amazon has unveiled the Amazon Kindle, a portable reader that can wirelessly download books, blogs, magazines and newspapers to an electronic paper display. It has been priced at $399.
According to the company, Kindle uses a high-resolution display technology called electronic paper with a black and white screen that can be read as printed paper. Kindle has built-in access to The New Oxford American dictionary and Wikipedia.org.
The company claims that Kindle uses evolution-data optimized (EVDO) access enabling its users to wirelessly shop the Kindle Store and download or receive new content. It can download books in less than a minute and magazines, newspapers, and blogs will be delivered to subscribers automatically.
Users can send word documents and pictures directly to their Kindle email address for $0.10 each. Kindle also supports wireless delivery of unprotected Microsoft Word, HTML, TXT, JPEG, GIF, PNG, and BMP files.
The company also claims that Kindle’s built-in memory can store more than 200 titles, and has an option for external SD memory card. It weighs 10.3 ounces and has a standard-layout keyboard that allows users to add annotations to text. Customers can edit, delete and export these notes, highlight and clip key passages, and bookmark pages for future use.
In a similar move, Sony unveiled the second edition of its reader device for $300 in October 2007. The new device is claimed to have a storage capacity of 160 books, and improved battery life, speed and navigation features.
Source: ComputerWire daily updates