Friday, November 23, 2007

The future of the book: so, will your tomes be Kindling?

Very interesting reading from this week's Newsweek:

The handheld device can also hold several shelves' worth of books: 200 of them onboard, hundreds more on a memory card and a limitless amount in virtual library stacks maintained by Amazon. Also, the Kindle allows you to search within the book for a phrase or name.

Some of those features have been available on previous e-book devices, notably the Sony Reader. The Kindle's real breakthrough springs from a feature that its predecessors never offered: wireless connectivity, via a system called Whispernet. As a result, says Bezos, "This isn't a device, it's a service."

Read more here.

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