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The $627.59 ebook reader

If you though the Kindle was expensive at $359 you should take a look at the $627.59 reader.

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What We Need on a Kindle

In the Personal Tech section of the New York Times there is an article titled, What We Need on a Kindle

It starts: Amazon hasn’t even begun to ship the new Kindle. And, indeed, I haven’t even seen one yet, only photos.

But I can’t help but start thinking of all the things I’d have done differently if I was Jeff Bezos, the chief executive of Amazon. Or if I was Howard Stringer, the chief executive of Sony, the maker of the competing Sony Reader.

The article then details those suggestions. The article has a comments section.

Here was one of the comments:

How about the ability to borrow books from your local library and read them on your Kindle? The inability to do that is the only thing that’s preventing me from buying one.

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Kindle 2: First Hands On

Gizmodo has a Kindle 2 and they are providing a hands on review.

Some of the comments:

Controls are almost exactly the same as Kindle 1, just slightly re-arranged, for the better. You can still page forward from both sides. Although now, with more non-button room on the sides, you can definitely pick it up without turning the page. They nailed the buttons.

Hey, it's downright iPod Touchy.

I'll bet it kicks butt as a cake cutter.

Stephen King wrote story called UR for the Kindle

Stephen King wrote a story called UR that is available only on the Kindle. King said that he was initially said no to writing a story but then he thought it was a way he could write a specific scene.

Paraphrase of what King said about story:

My wife likes to say that lobster is an excuse to eat butter. For me, sometimes, writing a story is an excuse to write a certain scene. Wanted to write a scene about the phenomenon of reading off a computer and the crisis point that at least the press has made between print media...and the evil Kindle.

UR by Stephen King

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Kindle 2 on Amazon

The Kindle 2 is now on the Amazon website. There is a video at Amazon that discusses the Kindle 2.

Kindle 2: Amazon's New Wireless Reading Device (Latest Generation)

One of the new features is text to speech for all books on the Kindle.

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Kindle 2 - Hi res images

Kindle 2 hi res pictures here.

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E-books and the cuddle myth

Story at Teleread

The Teleread story is a link to a LISNEWS story but the comments at Teleread I find interesting.

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Six trends are conspiring to drive electronic books into the mainstream

Why people will read e-books

Just because e-books are available on better (the new Kindle) and more (all cell phones) devices doesn't mean people will read them. But mark my words, read them they will. Six trends will conspire over the next year to drive e-book reading to levels that will surprise just about everybody.

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Google and Amazon to Put More Books on Cellphones

More electronic books are coming to mobile phones.

In a move that could bolster the growing popularity of e-books, Google said Thursday that the 1.5 million public domain books it had scanned and made available free on PCs were now accessible on mobile devices like the iPhone and the T-Mobile G1.

Also Thursday, Amazon said that it was working on making the titles for its popular e-book reader, the Kindle, available on a variety of mobile phones. The company, which is expected to unveil a new version of the Kindle next week, did not say when Kindle titles would be available on mobile phones.

Full story in the NYT

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