View Full Version : Will the web searching function always be available for free?


raztaztwo
12-16-2007, 02:41 PM
Sorry! Another question :smack: I just wanted to know if the web browsing function on the Kindle will always be free. I know EVDO is supported at no cost but I had the impression that the current "web browser" is kind of like a trial thing? Am I completely off in left field? Or do you think at some point they will lock down the Kindle from surfing the web other than the Amazon bookstore...???:thanks:

Alisa
12-16-2007, 02:50 PM
They have said that access to Amazon and Wikipedia will remain free. They aren't certain if they can continue to offer unrestricted web access for free.

Edited to add:

The Kindle really isn't well-suited for web browsing. I think if you purchase it with that as a priority, you'll be disappointed. I'd far rather use my phone for that than the Kindle. The Kindle is a great reader and the EVDO access for getting content instantly and for searching is wonderfully convenient. It is not a UMPC.

raztaztwo
12-16-2007, 03:39 PM
Thanks Alisa - I agree that it would not be the best for using as a web browser, but I thought if I wanted to look at other book sites for free ebooks (that aren't copyrighted) it would be nice to do it directly from the Kindle. I figured the feature of browsing the net would not be free forever :) Thanks again!!!

Alisa
12-17-2007, 02:42 AM
Feedbooks.com (which IMO has very well-formatted free books) is working on making their site more easily accessible to the Kindle. Right now it's a bit cumbersome but I'm hoping soon it will be much easier.

Hadrien
12-17-2007, 02:53 AM
Feedbooks.com (which IMO has very well-formatted free books) is working on making their site more easily accessible to the Kindle. Right now it's a bit cumbersome but I'm hoping soon it will be much easier.

Yep a mobile version. In the meantime, as long as you add a single book through USB, you can still skip to some other book easily. Just click on the name of a book listed after the author's biography, or at the end of the book for recommandations, and it'll be downloaded on your Kindle.

I'll manually create a file with all of our books available for the moment while we're working on a mobile website, but it shouldn't take too much time to create the mobile website.

rflashman
12-17-2007, 10:31 AM
I have a feeling that Amazon may keep it free. The novelty wears off quick, as it is not well suited for that job. So in the end I think most users will only use wireless for downloading content, and Amazon won't see any internal fears about wireless over use come true.