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Old 07-16-2008, 04:11 PM   #61
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I'm definitely buying the larger screened Kindle when it comes out next year. I'll skip the 1 year refresh on the small screen one since it costs $400.

I hope they make the device 8.5 by 11 as opposed to the screen that size because anything wider than 8.5 won't fit into my bag....and that would be annyoing.
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Old 07-16-2008, 05:04 PM   #62
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I would like to see different colors, but not pink. I'd like to see a nice dark color that will contrast well with the light gray screen.. so maybe dark blue, like the Sony, or a dark gray (that would be my first choice). I know it's been a non-issue for Kindle owners who have no choice of colors, but I can say that the dark blue Sony does make the background of the screen look whiter in comparison with the silver (and I've spent hours at the Sony Style store, multiple times, comparing the two), and that is a huge plus in my opinion. I ended up with a silver for other reasons, but I think dark blue is the way to go in general for the PRS-505.
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Actually, the timing (early 2009) checks out. Remember that Sony it's launching in Europe next year , and that means publishers have agreed to license catalogs.

New versions will allow amazon to switch to GSM radio or maybe even wifi, making it compatible with European networks.

The only part of the stry that bugs me is that AMZ probably had a long term contract with Verizon. And that would impli multiple hardware versions, (or new carrier). Which seems unlikely.

For the next verion I'd for a sliding keyboard to maximize the screen area.

Anyway, aren't rumors fun...?
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Old 07-16-2008, 11:20 PM   #64
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I hope they make the device 8.5 by 11 as opposed to the screen that size
This almost has to have the same 9.7" Vizplex screen as other vendors are considering. It is "only" A5 sized (half of A4), so I think the device will be a bit smaller than 8.5 by 11. The Astak Mentor is expected to be 7.7" by 10" for example.
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Old 07-17-2008, 03:51 AM   #65
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Damn. I just bought a new Kindle. Should I return it before the thirty days are up or do you think they'll give some kind of discount for customers who purchased their Kindle after a certain time like the iPhone?
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Old 07-17-2008, 05:33 AM   #66
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Amazon must be in a very *uncomfortable* position now.

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Amazon can't win at this point by staying quiet. Unless it's able to squash the rumor convincingly, you can kiss Kindle sales goodbye over the next three months. Nobody wants to buy a $360 gadget that's about to get an upgrade.
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Old 07-17-2008, 07:48 AM   #67
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Yes, I totally agree this puts the perspective buyer in a very uncomfortable position, If I am unable to get a Reader relatively cheap from either here or Ebay, I will be waiting on word from Amazon on the 2.0 until I buy New.

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Old 07-17-2008, 07:59 AM   #68
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Can somebody tell me what's with their NOT releasing the kindle in the U.K. How would that move hurt them in anyway? Ok it might not be as evolved a market so the profits might not be as much, but it wont' hurt to release it either and pave the way...I would really really like someone to help understand their motivation...
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Old 07-17-2008, 08:11 AM   #69
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Can somebody tell me what's with their NOT releasing the kindle in the U.K.
Well, for one thing "Whispernet" self-evidently wouldn't work, since it uses CDMA, and the UK's mobile phone system is GSM.

Even if they replaced the CDMA comms module with a GSM one it would still require regulatory approval and a deal to be done with one of the telecoms operators for "free" data traffic which, given the way that mobile phone systems operate in the UK, would not be straightforward to arrange.

Then on top all THAT we have the issue that many books have separate publication deals in the US and UK, and those would all need to be negotiated for UK sales.

Is that enough to be going on with?
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Old 07-17-2008, 11:16 AM   #70
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It would be great if Amazon offered a stripped down Kindle (Kindle Lite or Kindlette?), without Whispernet. Just the basic Kindle that would get it's content via computer and USB cable (like the Sony). It would still keep the Audible player as well as the mp3 player and all the features not tied to Whispernet. If they could sell for around or a bit below $200, I think it would fly out of the door, especially to countries outside of the U.S. because they would still have access to the Amazon catalog.
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It would be great if Amazon offered a stripped down Kindle (Kindle Lite or Kindlette?), without Whispernet. Just the basic Kindle that would get it's content via computer and USB cable (like the Sony). It would still keep the Audible player as well as the mp3 player and all the features not tied to Whispernet. If they could sell for around or a bit below $200, I think it would fly out of the door, especially to countries outside of the U.S. because they would still have access to the Amazon catalog.
Kindlette?? (I tried typing this with a straight face.) I guess Kindle Mini is out of the question, But you have my 200 bucks if it happens.

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Old 07-17-2008, 12:20 PM   #72
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I'd probably get one for my daughter at that price. (Even though she might just as well like to stick with my eBookwise 1150 or start reading on her Nintendo DS.)
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Here is even more fuel for the fire

http://www.electronista.com/articles...dle.2.october/
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Kindlette?? (I tried typing this with a straight face.) I guess Kindle Mini is out of the question, But you have my 200 bucks if it happens.

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Kindling?
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Ok just to stir the pot, I emailed Amazon and asked when they would be accepting pre-orders on the new Kindle.

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