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Old 09-11-2006, 12:13 PM   #1
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Amazon E Ink reader?

Good new everyone!

I Just found this on Engadget.com:

http://www.engadget.com/2006/09/11/a...e-book-reader/

It Looks like Amazon is going for the eink front. With a major player like this, the whole ebook process could very well pick up quite a bit of speed.
The rather odd-looking device is named "Kindle" and seems to have all the necessary features onboard. details are still a bit sketchy, but our valued member DHer has found a link to the FCC approval and the manual, so at least some information is already available.
This new player on the ever-growing ebook market also includes some nifty features like a cover and a reading lamp right out of the box if the manual is to be believed!

Now I guess the big questions are "WHEN" and "HOW MUCH"!

Edit: While the information seemed to have been pulled from FCC, you can still find the manual in this thread
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Old 09-11-2006, 12:32 PM   #2
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yeah.

And except for it's retro-scifi-look (i don't know a better word to describe it), this might speed things up. I mean, amazon should be just the right one to flock content for an ebook reader.

All the FCC files:
http://gullfoss2.fcc.gov/prod/oet/cf...771214&fcc_id=
And the manual:
http://gullfoss2.fcc.gov/prod/oet/fo...ive_or_pdf=pdf

Btw: the manual shows it ships with a cover and a reading light, unlike the iliad

Edit: Reading light means it is eInk AND it also has a mobile data service (EVDO, seems to be something american) so you can buy and get content *everywhere*

That's really, really cool.

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Thanks for posting the links DHer!

The Kindle as this (ugly) thing is called comes with a reading light...that's a really nice idea...^^
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Old 09-11-2006, 12:40 PM   #4
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"Interesting" that's one word for it, CommanderROR.

The thing is supposed to have a wireless modem, FAA may not like that, but I see it has an off switch.

I can't find anything else on it in Google or Ask....

The link on the picture goes to some interesting files -- there's already a stinkin' manual posted there.

Apparently they've been paying attention, from the list of box contents, page v: "Reading light (including a protective cover and three AAA batteries)" (I had to re-type it, so any variation is due to that ). And it has a cover.

There's a comment about changing the battery.
Apparently the SD card slot is not external (under a cover).
And the Reset switch too (it's still a pinhole switch, under the cover).


You can read the rest for yourselves (43 pages), but it looks like they may be pretty far along on this rascal.

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Old 09-11-2006, 12:41 PM   #5
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Ok, i revoke everything:

Formats natively supported are: .AZW, .PRC, .MOBI, .MP3 and .TXT

that's not so cool.

800x600, 6", with 4 gray levels sounds like first generation eInk, though.

don't forget to check out: http://www.amazon.com/help/kindle every now and then. Until now there nothing online in there, but it's mentioned in the manual.

seems like we have a tendency to double post :P

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Old 09-11-2006, 12:44 PM   #6
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Heh, .MOBI doesn't come as a surprise given Amazon's recent commitment to the Mobipocket format.

DHer, the Sony Reader has similar screen properties, but according to Sony, it has a bettery E Ink screen than the Librie.

Btw, someone should add this ugly baby to the matrix.
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I hadn't seen the list of supported formats yet, DHer, but I do see a comment that you can 'convert' your own files.

The licensing section (ironically "section 8") of the manual is ... interesting reading.
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seems like we have a tendency to double post :P
A hazard of excitement, I expect.
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ok, added the information to the matrix.

and, well, it wasn't me who found the stuff at the fcc. That was completely engadget's work.

Kudos to them.

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battery pic -- 1530 mAh.

The Internal Photos file is extremely interesting. Wish I knew what an "AnyDATA" was.
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Old 09-11-2006, 01:09 PM   #11
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Kindle?

Thinking of burning away the paper format?
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Kindle?

Thinking of burning away the paper format?
I was thinking they might mean to suggest that this will start a fire, as a metaphor for changing to e-books. They're probably a bit late to claim starting that particular fire, but it admittedly has been only smoldering for quite a while.

It also looks like they mean for it to be about as "open" as a lump of wood, but I guess that's what metaphorical log-splitters are for.


Ah, apparently the AnyDATA is the wireless modem.
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Kindle could also be a noun and mean something like "the young one" (attachment is from the OED).
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em. I lifted a pic from the PDF, but I'm not sure how to get it into the matrix without trashing it.

It's not a very good pic, but it might do for now, that is, if someone who knows what they're doing would be interested in adding it.

Edit: Nevermind, firgured it out, and I don't think I broke anything!

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