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Old 09-12-2007, 08:13 PM   #1
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Amazon Kindle likely launch date: October 15!

We got our crystal ball out of its magic cupboard to tell you that October 15 may mark a very special day. Last week the New York Times reported that October will be the month when Amazon is going to unveil its Kindle e-book reader. And today we discovered this interesting little snippet while reading about the just launched Les Echos e-paper:

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Amazon doit d'ailleurs ouvrir son propre kiosque "e-paper" le 15 octobre aux Etats-Unis, et Les Echos seront également disponibles sur cette plateforme.
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Amazon must open besides its own kiosk "e-paper" on October 15 in the United States, and the Echoes will be also available on this platform.
Wow. Amazon is going to launch its own e-paper store hosting e-paper newspapers? Could there be a better time to celebrate the launch of a new wireless e-book reader...?

Related: NY Times new article on ebooks / Amazon Kindle
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Old 09-12-2007, 08:20 PM   #2
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Did you scoop Engadget again?
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Old 09-12-2007, 08:33 PM   #3
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Never tried to. They are just too fast. Most of the time.
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Old 09-12-2007, 08:50 PM   #4
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Le Monde, another famous french newspaper should be available on the Kindle too. For those who thought that the Kindle would be a US-only thing: guess it'll be available in France too (Europe?).
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Old 09-12-2007, 09:58 PM   #5
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ack...kindle and V3 with wacom coming out in October...oooh decisions decisions
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Old 09-12-2007, 10:07 PM   #6
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ack...kindle and V3 with wacom coming out in October...oooh decisions decisions
I know what you mean. I consider it my misfortune that the shipping delay on the Iliad pushed the date back far enough that I had to seriously consider the V3. Now I have to think about the Kindle as well.

Oh well, might as well get them both.
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Old 09-12-2007, 11:34 PM   #7
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Yet no updated pics on the formfactor yet... I do hope it doesn't look like the early prototype; i.e., all that wasted space for a book, yikes!

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Hmmm... what's more interesting... the fact that Amazon might launch the Kindle on October 15, or that Amazon is going to launch an e-book "kiosk" on that day?

What do you guys make of an e-book kiosk? Something like Mobipocket Reloaded?
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Old 09-13-2007, 05:50 AM   #9
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So, it will cost $400-$500, the design is awful and it will run Mobipocket - something I for one stay far away from. Doesn't sound like a winner.
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Old 09-13-2007, 08:55 AM   #10
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looks cheap ...
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Old 09-13-2007, 09:08 AM   #11
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Since Amazon has had time after reading all criticism aroud, I wonder what will be left in the final design and what it will look like. Have they gone colo(u)r and kept wireless?
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Old 09-13-2007, 09:22 AM   #12
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I bet that shape is the final design. I really like it. I liked it as soon as I saw it in the user manual that's floating around here. I admit that it looks ugly lying there, but once you see it from multiple angles it will grow on you.
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Old 09-13-2007, 09:27 AM   #13
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I know what you mean. I consider it my misfortune that the shipping delay on the Iliad pushed the date back far enough that I had to seriously consider the V3. Now I have to think about the Kindle as well.

Oh well, might as well get them both.
The iLiad's been shipping for what? A year now? If you want one I'd say "go for it". IMHO it's the most capable of the current eBook readers, albeit also the most expensive.
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Old 09-13-2007, 09:46 AM   #14
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The iLiad's been shipping for what? A year now? If you want one I'd say "go for it". IMHO it's the most capable of the current eBook readers, albeit also the most expensive.
HarryT, Irex has not shipped any Iliads since the first of September. They sold out of the previous production run and are just today starting to ship the next ones. The soonest I could get my sweaty hands on one is next Friday. That would have been nearly a 3 week delay if I had bought one as soon as I could afford it. I don't like to wait for my gadgets so I didn't buy one.

While waiting for an Iliad, I hear that the V3 with Wacom and Wifi will be available in October. I can get it for around $400. Which one will I like better? I have to wait and see.

By the way, when I said get both, I meant the V3 and the Kindle.
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Whether the hardware is cool or crappy, I'm really just hopeful this event is pivotal in leading us somewhere useful - where most publishers are comfortable seeing most of their books sold as ebooks. If Amazon is the vendor that catalyzes that (and it makes sense to me that they might be) then terrific. If customers like us aren't entirely happy with their reader at first is less of a concern to me right now. A great reader with almost no available content is of little interest to hardly anyone, I'm sure.
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