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Nate the great
10-28-2007, 12:31 PM
The Kindle manual said that the Kindle help page is www.amazon.com/help/kindle. There is no page there. But, there is a blank page at http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/kindle.

Attention Amazon: I can't be the first person to have looked at that page. You might want to fix that first link so it points to the second. Or, disable the second. :)

vivaldirules
10-29-2007, 09:15 AM
From: http://www.businessweek.com/investor/content/oct2007/pi20071026_777647.htm?chan=top+news_top+news+index _investing

"In October, online retailer Amazon (AMZN) debuted the Kindle, an EV-DO (evolution data optimized) e-book reader priced between $400 and $500."

I suppose "debuted" is a little wrong unless it was done so in private.

More interesting to me in the article was the comments from McGraw-Hill about their new site CourseSmart where etextbooks can be purchased. Don't get too excited. They only have a few titles available so far and they appear to be only viewable online and with a pretty hefty subscription (50% of the list price of the pbook) per title for 180 days. It could be a nice way for students to save some cash although comparable to buying a used pbook copy.

http://www.coursesmart.com/

Nate the great
10-29-2007, 09:21 AM
From: http://www.businessweek.com/investor/content/oct2007/pi20071026_777647.htm?chan=top+news_top+news+index _investing

"In October, online retailer Amazon (AMZN) debuted the Kindle, an EV-DO (evolution data optimized) e-book reader priced between $400 and $500."

I suppose "debuted" is a little wrong unless it was done so in private.

More interesting to me in the article was the comments from McGraw-Hill about their new site CourseSmart where etextbooks can be purchased. Don't get too excited. They only have a few titles available so far and they appear to be only viewable online and with a pretty hefty subscription (50% of the list price of the pbook) per title for 180 days. It could be a nice way for students to save some cash although comparable to buying a used pbook copy.

http://www.coursesmart.com/

If you can only use it for 180 days, then it is not a purchase, it is a rental.

vivaldirules
10-29-2007, 09:26 AM
Right. My mistake for using the word. Not even sure I would call it a rental. More like being permitted into the theatre and getting to watch it for a few months.

Alisa
10-30-2007, 02:53 AM
If you can only use it for 180 days, then it is not a purchase, it is a rental.

Quite true but I've never gotten 1/2 of the purchase price back for a textbook when I sold it at the end of a course. I wonder if they give you an option to extend your license to permanent. It's nice to have the option to essentially lease or buy the book but I wouldn't want to have to make that decision before I read it.

silvania
10-30-2007, 09:52 AM
From: http://www.businessweek.com/investor/content/oct2007/pi20071026_777647.htm?chan=top+news_top+news+index _investing

It must be great being an S&P analyst. You can spend 10 minutes reading some Google search results, then take all the facts out of context and write complete nonsense, then collect a fat paycheck. Nice work if you can get it.

This article is riddled with errors. For example, it says that Palmreader uses Mobipocket format. Huh? Then it implies that the kindle was actually released in October, when it clearly has not been, by quoting from a long out of date NY Times article (probably came up first on that 10 minutes of google research.)

It also says the old Gemstar/Rocket devices had poor battery life, stating that the batteries would be ok for reading "comics" and not "war and peace". But the Gemstar devices had 15 hours battery life if you didn't crank the backlight too high, which is probably about enough to read "war and peace".

It says that cheap paper-flexible lcds are avaialble now. Huh? Where? Only in the lab or tradeshow demos, and certainly not "cheap".

No wonder the stock market booms and busts with bafoons like this reporter writing the "analysis" that people use to invest their money.