Amazon Kindle DX revealed
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Andrew Nusca is the editor of SmartPlanet.
I'm excited... Not by yet another ebook reader, but for the potential of such a design. Devices like this and their natural progressions are the ones to keep our eyes on. In a decade, we may see high end PC's with all the optional extras in a chassis similar to this. Imagine a device this size with a 4GHz CPU, 1Gb video card, TV Tuner, a couple of TB of SSD storage... I currently lug a high end 17" laptop around with me (plus all the other fluff and stuff that finds its way into a laptop bag). An ultra slim high end device the size of a Kindle would be every Techie's dream come true! It may take a decade, but could this possibly the the future shape of things to come?
I think what some people are missing is the ease of use for the Kindle. The technology is there and it is nice but that is not what people see in the Kindle. After subscribing to a newpaper or magazine, they just appear; no downloading or hooking up to a computer. It is there when you turn it on in the morning, just like a newspaper is delivered. I looked at the Sony eReader. It was nice but I had to search for a book, purchase it, download it to my PC, and then upload to the Sony. With Kindle I can search for a book on the device (or the Internet), then just click on Purchase. It is usually on my machine within a few minutes. And there is no monthly charge for the service. You can actually use a Kindle without any Internet connection/PC (at least one you pay for).
The kindle is amazing. I don't have a bunch of books laying around anymore. And you can't beat the ease of use. I just get on amazon, download samples with one click, and after I read the sample I can just hit buy on the kindle and it downloads. There's a lot of free e-books on the net, and I was worried about accessing them. But Amazon seems to have them all for 99 cents.
The product is from Plastic Logics and will be an alternative to the Kindle series. I have been following this product for nearly a year now. Make your own opinions. Here is the link: http://www.plasticlogic.com/
Okay, there third e-reader and they still don't sell it to anyone outside of the US, Partly this is because they chose a stupid wireless network to be on that isn't used much elsewhere in the world. Supposedly the Kindle and related books sales accounts for 10% of their US sales. Why wouldn't they want to expand their market? If they kept card reader or USB upload support it wouldn't be any harder than similar readers to get books on (you'd have to dock occasionally with a PC). Alas Amazon likes getting all the book sales as well too much.
I have a Kindle II and love it. Yes it only works in the US but we cannot buy nice turbo diesel cars here. Maybe we can make a deal. The Kindle is designed for one purpose, READING. It is great for that; either books, newpapers, or magazines. There are copyright rules outside of the US that make it difficult to expand the service. I am sure they have lawyers looking into the possibilities. I really love the way it downloads books over the wireless connection. I have tried a magazine and that works very well too. If I lived in the city and road the Metro, I would also get a newpaper. Be patient, you may someday get the Kindle in Europe (and we may get decent diesel cars).