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Kindle: the latest e-book reader on the market
I'm currently reading Shantaram. It's an A5, 1140 page book, so heavy that I refuse to lug it around on the metro, let alone a trip. If not for the size, I would have finished it by now.
The solution to that? Maybe Kindle -- the latest wireless e-reader on the market. Produced by Amazon, although bigger and more expensive than the Sony e-reader, on it you can buy from a choice of 90,000 books (Sony allows 20,000) -- without the need of a computer or Internet connection; you can read national and international newspapers, and can subscribe to 250 of the top blogs for $1 a month per blog. It holds up to 200 titles, the battery lasts 3-weeks and is recharged in 2-hours.
I'm not very tech savvy, but if it will help me not compromise on my reading material when I travel, I'm willing to invest. Reading a book with it physically in your hands has it's own glory, but that's what I said about newspapers too -- now I only read them online, it's just a matter of getting used to I suppose.
But, I still have a problem: Kindle was sold out in 5 1/2 hours of its release (November 2007). Now there is a waiting list but they will not ship outside the US. Darn!