Amazon.com unveiled its electronic-book reader Kindle to compete directly with Sony® Reader. Unlike Sony's electronic book reader, Kindle allows users to shop and download books from Amazon.com wirelessly via cellular network EV-DO. Books are priced at $9.99 or less. The reader itself will sell for $399.
One of the key issue users of the Sony Reader has is the lack of content, and Amazon.com definitely has content. You can not only download books, but also magazines and newspaper, which is a god-send. It also has a built-in dictionary and allows you to perform searches across your entire library. Sounds like a pretty smart business plan to me.
Design wise it's not as sweet as the Sony Reader, but I look forward to trying it out to see how its performance compares to Sony's, as the number one reason I did not buy the Sony Reader is because of its sluggish refresh rate.
WSJ Video: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos tells WSJ's Jeffrey Trachtenberg the new Kindle is "designed for people who really love reading."
Source: The Wall Street Journal
+ CNET News.com: Amazon's Kindle vs. Sony's Reader
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