this gadget came out a while ago…i have to say, when i heard that there was an “iPod for books” i thought, “maybe, but it has really got to be a great product on a ton of levels…i’ll wait until i see one.”
i just saw one, and i’m a believer.
if you read a lot (or want to), but hate carrying around a bunch of heavy books, this thing is a lifesaver. the face of it literally looks like paper, but it’s a digital screen. it downloads tons of materials, from newspapers to best-sellers, is is smaller and lighter than a single hardcover. no computer needed, no syncing, no cables. it connects to amazon wirelessly (not WiFi, it’s better: it’s on cel-phone like network, available anywhere, and you don’t even need to sign up for a plan–so easy!). you simply order and receive books to read. you can even sample the first chapter of many books, to see if you want to download the whole thing. the kindle even allows you to take notes, and it downloads common file formats like microsoft word, .jpg, .gif, and .pdf–all you have to do is email them to your kindle.
basically, it’s a home-run for amazon.
to buy or read more about it, go it here:
PS – based on seeing this, plus the comments i have heard about this site being slightly hard to read, have led me to a simple re-design…coming soon!