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    I just ran across an article about this in Newsweek and looked it up on the Amazon website. It looks like a great product, and I'm sure I'll get one once it's been around for awhile and it becomes better and cheaper.

    [ame="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000FI73MA/sr=53-1/qid=1195582463/ref=tr_359161"]Amazon.com: Kindle: Amazon's Wireless Reading Device: Kindle Store[/ame]
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    I'm old fashioned, and will continue to lug around my paper books, stuffed in my pockets or bag, or leave them lying about the house.
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    Looks like a pretty nice product. I'd definitely be interested in it if you could purchase books for your college classes on it. It'd make it a lot easier than carrying a bunch of books to classes.
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    This is a good example of where capitalism creates demand. Not that the product won't be useful to someone--evidently it will. But its genesis wasn't a result of people becoming frustrated over their paper books. Rather, it came about because amazon was thinking of different ways in which they could make money. Obviously, the downloads (at cost) will be a new (and amazon hopes lucrative) market for them.

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    It looks like a horrendously cheap design. If you watch the demo video on Amazon, it looks really bad. The Sony reader is much, much more attractive. I think Bezos f'ed this one up.

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    Interesting, but can you do the NY Times crossword puzzle on it ?

    I think I'll stick with my sluggo newspapers.

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    Interesting, but can you do the NY Times crossword puzzle on it ?
    I think so. You can download the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, etc..., and there is a keyboard attached.

    The only way things like these will ever take off is when someone invents "paper" that can download different content. The paper would have to feel like real paper, but it would actually be some sort of LCD/flexible material hybrid. Can you imagine how many trees we could save by not having to print the daily paper? Instead of walking to the end of your driveway to get your paper, you just download the Wall Street Journal.

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    I read a couple on loine now, but it's a headache. Article titles and a blurb, click, undo click undo, it's an effort when you're not reading 90% of what they write.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flop The Nuts View Post
    I think so. You can download the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, etc..., and there is a keyboard attached.

    The only way things like these will ever take off is when someone invents "paper" that can download different content. The paper would have to feel like real paper, but it would actually be some sort of LCD/flexible material hybrid. Can you imagine how many trees we could save by not having to print the daily paper? Instead of walking to the end of your driveway to get your paper, you just download the Wall Street Journal.
    I do that already with the NY times and Washington Post.....Only I call it a laptop computer. I can read them anytime I want and there's no wasted paper to recycle. I'm sure the Wall Street Journal is available online too. But, it doesn't feel or look like paper. Same thing for books. Almost everyone in all of my classes has a laptop computer. Some of my textbooks have been available in CD form, so I just get them that way.

    Cool invention though.

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