February 11, 2009

Amazon's Kindle 2

Not that I'm breaking any news here at all, but Amazon has announced the second version of their ebook reading, the Kindle. It is a nice looking piece of hardware. I actually tested a version of this a few months back when I was in Palo Alto. I really would like to get one of these devices, but it is only being sold in the US currently because of the included wireless internet service. I assume. I will definitely buy one of these if they are released in Japan, but I think I can wait until then.

I have an OLPC that I use to read ebooks on, so that should last me for a while. I'm also a bit unhappy that the books are Digital Restrictions Management on them so you can't read the books that you buy on other hardware. I wonder if the books will be accessible in 20 years or so. I know that my real paper books will be, as long as I manage to store them that long.

Anyway, a cool looking device that I really want, but I'll wait until we get a Japanese approved version out.


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Re: Amazon's Kindle 2
I'm not justifying DRM or anything here (I hate DRM), but Amazon is going to make Kindle books accessible on other hardware like cellphones, according to Uncle Jeff.
Posted 12 years, 6 months ago by Matt • • wwwReply
Re: Amazon's Kindle 2
Yeah, I saw that somewhere. I definitely trust Amazon more than I trust other companies (Sony, who has the other well-known e-ink display e-book reader) so I'm not as worried as I would be with an unknown quantity. I still don't like DRM though because it is some third party telling me what I can do with my data.
Posted 12 years, 6 months ago by Fugu • @wwwReply

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