My Amazon Kindle is almost here

Received from Amazon today:

“We now have estimated delivery dates for the Kindle order you placed on 12/17/07. We are now estimating that your Kindle will arrive between January 25 and February 1, 2008. We’ll contact you again to let you know when your order is shipped.”

When the Freakonomics blog asked back in November if the Amazon Kindle would be the next “must-have” technology, the iPod of ebooks, about 95% of the comments were attacks on the device or the business model behind it. That surprised me a bit. I went ahead and ordered one anyway.

I’m very anxious to try it out. My two biggest reasons: the incredible ebook selection that Amazon will be able to provide, and the whispernet service that allows me to download content from anywhere, without paying for a connection.

When my Kindle gets here, I’ll let you know what kind of user experience I have with it, and then predict whether it will finally be the ebook reader that everyone has some day hoped would appear.

Some investors are bullish on Amazon, in large part because of the Amazon Web Services now have 290,000 developers signed up, up from 25,000 the previous quarter (FamilyLink.com is a big fan of Amazon Web Services) and also because the Kindle will be a “money spinner” in 2008.

When Amazon releases its quarterly earnings report on January 30th, there is a good chance we will learn something about how many Kindles have been ordered so far, and whether this platform will become a major channel for publishers and consumers in the future.

3 Comments

  1. avagee

    While you wait you can use your cell phone as a fine eReader for basic prose and novels. I found I soon forgot the small screen and it buys ultra portability – I carry the phone anyway, now it also has a small library in it. You can get hundreds of free titles from http://www.booksinmyphone.com you can install straight to the phone from their mobile site or download and install via a PC.

  2. Ken Cooper

    Consumer Reports says only voracious readers will buy a Kindle. That seems to be the typical narrow view. I love my Kindle because:

    . From home easy chair or in the airport lounge, with no need for computer or WiFi, I can ask for a specific book or browse books by category, author, topic, or whatever. I can read reviews on each book, read the first chapter before committing, and if I decide to buy, get it within a minute. Plus .. I can purchase that new release best seller for less than $10 (no more waiting for the paperback).

    . Important for some of us who suffer from less than optimum vocabularies, there’s that ability to get on-the-spot word definitions or Wikipedia descriptions.

    . It’s really nice to be able to set font to make allowances for aging eyes or adjust for reading while trekking the treadmill.

    . One can type column notes, highlight character introductions or memorable phrases, save pages as clippings, and then, when desired, call up any one of these for on-the-spot access.

    . By the way, I just used my Kindle to Google the New York Times and discovered that the fed dropped their interest rate by .75%. Good! Of course I could have just bought a Kindle subscription and would have had that information hours ago.

    . It’s less awkward to read the Kindle than it is to read a book – and – you can read it for hours and suffer no eye strain.

    . For me, I can select at any time from the two or three books I’m reading depending on my mood, without having to lug around that extra weight.

    In other words, had all these features been at fingertip availability over long years past, many of us, well before now, might indeed, have become that voracious reader that Consumer Reports alludes to.

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