Friday, December 26, 2008

Kindle Kindle Little Star

I wonder how many folks in the US and UK woke up yesterday to find a Kindle under their Christmas tree? Not as many perhaps as would have like them, since Amazon ran out of stock!

In the New York Times Brad Stone and Motoko Rich reckon that the ebook reader has started to take hold. Notes Gregory Cowles on the Paper Cuts blog :
Kindles are a regular sight on my train these days, and seem poised to become as ubiquitous as iPods ...
But if Amazon blew the full potential of the Christmas opportunity, it gave Sony's e-reader, currently being marketed quite agressively in the States, a more than fighting chance. Other competitors are on the horizon.

And apparently it's on the cards that soon new books will start to be published in e-book format first. That's the point at which the ereader, I think, will really start to take off.

When on earth is the technology going to come here??? I hate being left behind ...

9 comments:

Eli James said...

SAME!!

*twiddles thumbs*

pussreboots said...

I have yet to see a Kindle in person. I don't think they're as popular where I live as where the article was written.

Ms Ulat Buku said...

I agree. I've been dreaming of having a kindle of my own...

Damyanti said...

We were talking about Kindle just last evening at dinner, it has been voted one of the ten most brilliant gadgets of the year :)

http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/reviews/4287283.html?page=3&series=60

Anonymous said...

Okay $359. That's Rm.1,249. I could get a mini-laptop for Rm900 that would have better features :)

Anonymous said...

What's so great about the Kindle? I can do you one better, a mini-laptop with wireless access, full Internet anywhere you go.

Chet said...

I've been using PDAs to read ebooks since 1998. My current PDA, the Palm TX, also has wireless. Plus I can attach a folding keyboard to it to turn it into a word processor. What else? It plays music and videos, too.

Then again, for those who have never owned an ebook reader of any sort but are looking to get one now, the Kindle is a good contender. And the Sony Reader, too. Unfortunately, both are not available in Malaysia.

Anonymous said...

They are not available because the mini-notebooks are cheaper and better :)

Dominic said...

Can we actually buy it from Amazon? I heard of a service called vshub.com that can ship the items bought in US to Malaysia.