Amazon.com turns the page on mobile content
E-tail giant Amazon.com announced the debut of Amazon Kindle, a portable reader device enabling subscribers to wirelessly download books, blogs, magazines and newspapers to a high-resolution electronic paper display designed to look and read like actual paper. According to Amazon, at launch the Kindle Store will feature more than 90,000 books, among them 101 of 112 current New York Times Best Sellers and New Releases, each priced at $9.99--monthly newspaper subscriptions range from $5.99 to $14.99 per month, while magazines are priced anywhere from $1.25 to $3.49 per month. The device's wireless delivery system, Amazon Whispernet, will operate via Sprint Nextel's nationwide EV-DO network, enabling wireless shopping and over-the-air content downloading.
Kindle is now available at Amazon.com for $399. "We've been working on Kindle for more than three years," said Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos in a prepared statement. "Our top design objective was for Kindle to disappear in your hands--to get out of the way--so you can enjoy your reading. We also wanted to go beyond the physical book. Kindle is wireless, so whether you're lying in bed or riding a train, you can think of a book, and have it in less than 60 seconds. No computer is needed--you do your shopping directly from the device."
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