Amazon launches e-reader

Hot off the press: a quick post to say that Amazon just launched Kindle, a book / magazine / newspaper reader that uses e-ink technology, just like the Sony Reader. Following the launch of movie and DRM-free MP3 downloads, Amazon is aggressively pursuing digital distribution opportunities.

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What’s interesting though is that it has wireless capability, not through wi-fi hotspots but through the Sprint EVDO wireless data network. There is no subscription necessary to download content so the deal with Sprint must be about revenue sharing. Mmm… I guess international roaming is not an option then.

At $399 it may be on the expensive side but Amazon is probably only interested in getting the product in the hands of early adopters at this stage.

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