Thursday, July 17, 2008

Do you ever wonder who eats certain food items? Every day when we walk through town, we find a few slim jim wrappers. Smelling like a meat substance, they always attract the attention of the dogs. I've never personally eaten a slim jim (though I do like beef jerky), and I don't think I've ever seen anyone else buy or eat a slim jim . . . so where are all these wrappers coming from?

Amazon is marketing "Kindle" which it describes as:

"Three years ago, we set out to design and build an entirely new class of device—a convenient, portable reading device with the ability to wirelessly download books, blogs, magazines, and newspapers. The result is Amazon Kindle.

We designed Kindle to provide an exceptional reading experience. Thanks to electronic paper, a revolutionary new display technology, reading Kindle’s screen is as sharp and natural as reading ink on paper—and nothing like the strain and glare of a computer screen. Kindle is also easy on the fingertips. It never becomes hot and is designed for ambidextrous use so both "lefties" and "righties" can read comfortably at any angle for long periods of time.

We wanted Kindle to be completely mobile and simple to use for everyone, so we made it wireless. No PC and no syncing needed. Using the same 3G network as advanced cell phones, we deliver your content using our own wireless delivery system, Amazon Whispernet. Unlike WiFi, you’ll never need to locate a hotspot. There are no confusing service plans, yearly contracts, or monthly wireless bills—we take care of the hassles so you can just read.

With Whispernet, you can be anywhere, think of a book, and get it in one minute. Similarly, your content automatically comes to you, wherever you are. Newspaper subscriptions are delivered wirelessly each morning. Most magazines arrive before they hit newsstands. Haven’t read the book for tomorrow night’s book club? Get it in a minute. Finished your book in the airport? Download the sequel while you board the plane. Whether you’re in the mood for something serious or hilarious, lighthearted or studious, Kindle delivers your spontaneous reading choices on demand.

And because we know you can't judge a book by its cover, Kindle lets you download and read the beginning of books for free. This way, you can try it out—if you like it, simply buy and download with 1-Click, right from your Kindle, and continue reading. Want to try a newspaper as well? All newspaper subscriptions start with a risk-free two-week trial.

Kindle’s paperback size and expandable memory let you travel light with your library. With the freedom to download what you want, when you want, we hope you’ll never again find yourself stuck without a great read. "

We're very proud to introduce Amazon Kindle and we hope you like it as much as we do. "

Me again - besides the price - $359 - I'm not sure if this is a good thing, or a bad thing. I guess reading in the bath tub would be a thing of the past . . .

What do you think?


Blogger Princess in Galoshes said...

I think there is a sentimental attachment to paper and board books which will keep them around a LONG time. They're not going anywhere, for a while. On the other hand, I love the idea of Kindle. It's where technology is going, and think of all the trees it'd save!

8:49 AM  
Blogger Diane said...

I think you're right on both counts. Plus, getting rid of paper and board books always seems a little Fahrenheit 451 to me . . .

9:11 AM  
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12:28 PM  
Blogger sage said...

I use to eat Slim Jims... but only when hiking or canoeing and but I've given them up along with summer sausage... uck

I'm sure in the future, we'll all be reading books from such machines, but I don't look for to that day and maybe by then my eyes will fail... until then, I like the feel of a book and the ability to write notes in the margin ('cept for when I'm listening to a audio book)

12:48 PM  
Blogger M-M-M-Mishy said...

Im attached to my computer too much as it is. Reading books on it would be too much, I think. It would be a smart environmental move though...

Slim Jims? Gross.

6:47 AM  
Blogger LA said...

I was immediately struck by what Mishy said... it sure would save a lot of trees.

The price seems a little steep. Of course, when v.2 comes out, it will be cut in half.

11:26 AM  

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