The Kindle is basically a, portable book. The convenience of the kindle include the weight, but more importantly the fact that you can download a book, blog, newspaper, or magazine with the wireless feature, from the Kindle Store almost anywhere, anytime. When the Kindle was made, the purpose was to “forever transforming the reading experience” (1). The physical features of the Kindle include a screen that looks and reads similar to paper. The writing on the screen is so similar to paper it even uses ink, but instead the ink is displayed electronically. The Kindle is easily read in the bright sunlight or in a dim room with the light that is featured on it. It is also readable from all angles. On both sides there is a page turner, designed with “righties” and “lefties” in mind. The Kindle’s ability to download a book is much like the “3G network advanced cell phones use” (2). Computers use Wifi so a “hotspot” is required for the internet, but the Kindle uses “their own delivery system, Amazon Whispernet. This special feature allows you, the reader, to download a book with one click, from your Kindle, and receive it in one minute (3).

Other technical features include the ability to search for a book on the Kindle by typing in the author or title and simply download it. There are “more than 300,000 books available, including more than 109 of 112 current New York Times Best Sellers”. Best sellers can be costly in book stores, and with the Kindle the reader pays only $9.99 for best seller books. Aside from the bestseller books “the Kindle Store currently carries more than 300,000 books plus newspapers, magazines, and blogs” and “More than 5000 top blogs from the worlds of business, technology, sports, entertainment, and politics, including BoingBoing, Slashdot, TechCrunch, ESPN's Bill Simmons, The Onion, Michelle Malkin, and The Huffington Post—all updated wirelessly throughout the day” (4). The Kindle can hold over 200 titles, has a long battery life, no monthly fees or service plan, and provides free access to a dictionary and Wikipedia.

The Kindle was first ready to buy in November of 2007. Amazon will not admit how many they had ready to sale, but they sold out in five and half hours. The Kindle was not back in stock for five months (5). Since then the Kindle has been upgraded to a Kindle 2 in February 2009. The Kindle 2 has often been compared to as a larger iphone and “
does away with almost every awkward convention introduced in the original version” (6).The upgraded version has a longer battery life and expanded memory to hold up to 1,500 books. In May of 2009 Amazon announced their third Kindle, the Kindle DX. This Kindle has upgrades such landscape pages and an even longer battery life. Additionally features like the
built-in stereo speakers make The Kindle DX more integrated with the “text-to speak”. This Kindle is also slightly bigger so zooming in on the text is not required (5). The Kindle’s sales continue to grow at an impressive pace. Jacob Weisberg, the editor-in-chief of the Slate Group, confided that the kindle is a “fundamentally better experience than inked paper did. Jeff Bezos—Amazon’s founder and C.E.O.— has built a machine that marks a cultural revolution. Printed books, the most important artifacts of human civilization, are going to join newspapers and magazines on the road to obsolescence” (7).
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/03/technology/personaltech/03EBOOK.html
http://www.amazon. com/dp/B000FI73MA
http://www.amazon.com/Kindle-Amazons-Original-Wireless-generation/dp/B000FI73MA .
http://www.engadget.com/2007/11/21/kindle-sells-out-in-two-days/
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00154JDAI
http://www.engadget.com/2009/02/26/amazon-kindle-2-review/

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2009/08/03/090803fa_fact_baker