November 20th, 2007

Amazon Unleashes “Kindle” – Reading on the Go

Reading on the go has been increasing in popularity. Mobile devices have become our communication and information portals as we bus to work and wait in line at the dry cleaners. I’ve met learners who download course readings and articles to their mobile devices for reading on the go. Well now Amazon.com has introduced a new e-reading product called Kindle.

The Amazon sale page for Kindle includes interviews with famous authors, such as Toni Morrison, Neil Gaiman, and James Patterson praising Kindle and it’s ease of use. Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO, stated at a news conference, “An interesting question is why are books the last bastion of analog” (source). Interesting question indeed as we’re facing the end of analog television, and cassette & VCR tapes are a distant memory.

But what kind of librarian would I be if I only provided one side of the story?! Check out what others are saying about the Kindle product with the linked news stories and blogs below.

CNET News Blog: Amazon debuts Kindle e-book reader

ZDNET Between the Lines blog – Hands on with the Kindle: This ugly duckling has potential

Levy, Steven (2007). The Future Of Reading :Amazon’s Jeff Bezos already built a better bookstore. Now he believes he can improve upon one of humankind’s most divine creations: the book itself.. Newsweek, 150(22), 54. Online for free (if this free link expires use Journal Locator to find the article in our library databases).

Forbes.com – Kindle Versus The iPhone

BoingBoing Gadgets – 15 Things I Just Learned About the Amazon Kindle

What do you think this means for reading on the go? Audiobooks have been immensely popular for years, but could mobile reading be the next big thing? Are ebooks the new MP3? If you have an opinion, chime in and comment!

~Sommer

Comments

Comment from Tanga
Time November 28, 2007 at 4:48 pm

I think Kindle will be successful but not right away. It is a bit pricey and we’ll have to see if there are any features that need improvement.

I think it’s funny that Forbes compares the Kindle with the iPhone. I just can’t imagine reading a 300+ page novel on a 3.5 in. screen!

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