Kindle Improvements and Cautions

David Pogue, The Kindle: Good Before, Better Now, New York Times, Feb. 24, 2009, D5.

The Kindle is the most successful electronic book-reading tablet so far.  The screen looks very much like ink on paper.  The screen is not illuminated so it only uses power when you turn the page.  It has a wireless connection but Amazon pays the wireless bill in hopes that you will buy e-books spontaneously.  It includes a single Web browser, for Wikipedia checks and blog reading.  Kindle is priced at $359 and holds 1500 books at $10 for best sellers and $3-6 for older books, with 240,000 titles available. It can read aloud to you through speakers or headphones and turn pages as it goes. You can have 30 different newspapers beamed to your Kindle. Downsides are that it can be lost, dropped and you have to buy a lot of bestsellers to recoup the purchase price.  You cannot pass on an e-book or sell it after you have read it.

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