UPDATED STORY MARK II: KINDLE LAUNCHES WORLDWIDE – 7 October 2009
UPDATED: From Endgadget’s Live blogging:
Seems very smart to me:
9:55 – “We didn’t like this solution either. So instead we chose EV-DO cellular. … as soon as I tell you we’re using EV-DO that should cause a second set of concerns, a whole new thing to worry about. Everybody knows that using these wireless cell networks there’s a data plan, a contract, a monthly bill. But we didn’t like that, either. So we built Amazon Whispernet. It’s built on top of Sprint’s EV-DO network. There’s no data plan, no contract, no bill. We pay for all of that behind the scenes so you can just read. What are you going to read?”
[hat tip to the bookseller]
MOST HYPED BOOK STORY OF ALL TIME (EXCEPTING HARRY POTTER, DAVINCI CODE and a few others)
Amazon’s Jeff Bezos already built a better bookstore. Now he believes he can improve upon one of humankind’s most divine creations: the book itself.
Amazon Sets eBook World Alight with Kindle – Finally, Time For Read/Write Books!
I’m rooting for Jeff and the Kindle. I’m not sure that he’s going to win his bet that people will use a single-purpose device rather than reading on a multi-function device like the iPhone and its successors. But I’m also not sure he needs to. Even if some other device becomes the reader of choice, Amazon will still become one of the leading sources of the books that feed it. All Amazon needs to do here is move the industry forward, and I think that’s already been accomplished.
Yup, you can run, but you sure a hell cannot hide!