Though other electronic book readers have failed, Amazon seems to have a winner. This is one of the coolest gadgets I’ve seen in a long time. The Kindle is wireless and connects to the Kindle store (also on Amazon) from where ever you are to download new books when you want them. It uses a network like a cellphone not WiFi so you don’t have to look for hot spots and there is no monthly fees.
It weighs 10.3 ounces. The screen reads like a paper book with black type on a white background. The text size can be changed to six different sizes for those that need larger print and it saves your place when you stop reading.
Kindle books cost $9.99 each and you can also get newspapers like the NY Times and the Wall Street Journal, magazines like Time and 250 of the top blogs. The battery life is pretty long only needing to charge every other day if you leave it on all the time.
It sells for $399 but is currently sold out. They are estimating shipment on Dec. 5th and encouraging shoppers to get on the waiting list if they really want one. It would be a great gift for someone who travels and loves to read.
Watch this video to see how cool this is: Kindle Video