November 20, 2007
Amazon Kindle- more details
Here as an update on the Amazon Kindle. People who have sampled it first hand call the keyboard ‘clicky and tactile’ and say that the selector bar on the right is a white, opaque thin LCD panel that polarizes and looks unique. Getting to the nitty-gritty, Amazon Kindle doesn’t use a generic RSS aggregator; it’s Amazon-selected blogs only. The side scroller is a polarized PNLCD (pneumatic LCD). It features SD and not SDHC, and it uses the Kindle file format (which is a variant of structured HTML), but also accepts Word and PDF files (but only via email since they need to be converted by Amazon), Mobi, HTML, plaintext, and image files like JPEG, GIF, and PNG plus MP3. However it does not support RTF. You can bind five or six devices to a single account, and share books you’ve purchased to those accounts. And if you and your partner are on the same Amazon account you can both read the same book at the same time on your Kindles. Amazon is also releasing the Digital Text Platform, which allows users to upload their own content to the Kindle store for sale and download.
Amazon Kindle has a user-replaceable, 1530mAh battery. The books cost $9.99, but there are books for sale from the Gutenberg project for under $1. A mysterious “OEM in China” have built the pieces.
Related entry – Amazon Kindle gets official on Newsweek