There’s a lot to like about Amazon’s new digital reading device, the Kindle. It’s a lightweight, slickly designed handheld device with a crystal clear black and white electronic ink screen that is very easy to use right out the box. And the Kindle has three surefire selling points—title selection, pricing and Amazon’s nifty Whispernet wireless network—that give it an advantage over devices like the Sony Reader and the iLiad.
The network signal (Kindle uses a cellphone network) was strong and every title in the Kindle bookstore offers a free sample chapter; just the ticket for an intrepid wireless device reviewer. Very quickly I downloaded sample chapters of Mark Harris’s The Southpaw; Denis Johnson’s Tree of Smoke and Buster Olney’s The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty, just to check out the technology before buying…
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