Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Amazon Kindle

This article about the latest version of Kindle set me off on a Googling mission.

For muggles, Kindle is Amazon's e-book reading device. Its actually a device that you can hold in your hand, store books in it and read them.
There are two things that are very cool about this:
  1. Text Display - The display is non-illuminated and uses EInk technology. This requires no power to display the text, it uses up power only to turn the pages and display new text. It also means that you can read from the display in all kinds of light, even under direct sunlight(unlike the color display mobile phones that we get today).
  2. Wireless Internet Connectivity - Amazon has tied up with Sprint Cellular Services for internet connectivity in the Kindle,and you can download ebooks in the Kindle Bookstore. So you dont need a computer to get new books.
Its also pretty slim. Check out these images here.




And there are also talks about a possible iPhone application that will connect to the Kindle store online.

Now coming to the point... When will we get this in India?

Amazon could tie up with one of our network service providers to start their offerings here. Reliance (adag particularly) could be a good prospect, both in terms of openness to new ideas (remember BigFlix) and investment capability.

What do you think?