Amazon Launches eBook Reader
Amazon.com has introduced its first-ever electronic-book reader. Called the Kindle, it is a product the online retailer hopes will attract customers with its low prices and ease of use, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday. The product had been in the works for more than three years.
According to a letter from CEO Jeff Bezos that was posted Monday on the site’s front page, the device is completely wireless and requires no synching. The device gives consumers access to more than 88,000 books, as well as several newspapers and magazines and over 250 blogs. Books can be purchased, via WiFi, directly with the device, and no software needs to be downloaded.
The device can hold up to 200 books at a time; one selling point of the device is that most bestselling books will cost only $9.99 to download.