Amazon's Kindle now in-stock, practically for the first time ever

If you missed the brief five hour window of in-stock availability when Jeff Bezos’ hideous, easily stained but decidedly feature-rich e-book reader was first announced, rush quickly over to Amazon, where the Kindle is now available and in-stock. Oh, it’s beautiful, isn’t it? It’s like witnessing some wildly improbable and magnificently singular event, like a […]

Amazon Still Having Trouble Shipping Kindles

Amazon is still having a hard time meeting the at-the-moment-nebulous demand for the Kindle. A pal of mine ordered his on March 24th, but as of today it still hasn’t shipped. Digitimes reported in January that PVI, the company that makes the Kindle’s ePaper display, is having trouble meeting demand. I suspect that is still […]

How The Diamond Age Influenced the Amazon Kindle

From a write-up about a “sci-fi”-themed panel at CES which featured author Neal Stephenson: According to Dave Howe (the panel moderator from SciFi), Stephenson inspired Kindle in his book The Diamond Age. No royalties though, Stephenson jokes. Apparently, pages from The Diamond Age are being used in the Kindle‚Äôs instruction materials. I wish my Kindle […]

Video: Philippe Starck Critiques Amazon Kindle Design

Link: Two real takeaways from this short, on-stage commentary by designer Philippe Starck: the placement of the Kindle’s buttons on the side means that the first time you hand it to someone, they almost always turn a page accidentally; that the designer was unwilling to disappear from his design, determined to make his mark […]

Amazon Kindle eBook Review (Verdict: Confusing, Expensive...but Promising)

Someday the Amazon Kindle will be worth your money. Having used the new eBook reader from Amazon for a few hours, I’m happy to report that it manages to accomplish its major goals ably. The ePaper screen is slightly smaller than that on its primary competitor, the Sony Reader, but is still quite legible and […]

15 Things I Just Learned About the Amazon Kindle

• Its eBooks have DRM (filetype: .AZW), but it supports unprotected Mobipocket books (.MOBI, .PRC), .TXT files, HTML, and Word. Some files can be transferred over USB, while others have to be emailed to the special per-device Kindle email. (More on that later.) • It has a web browser, under the “Experimental” banner. • You […]

Liveblogging Amazon Kindle eBook Launch

Im at the W Union Square for the Amazon Kindle launch. I’m going to try and liveblog this from my phone, using its miraculously miraculous miracle touchscreen keyboard. Pardon any mistakes; I’ll clean them up when I’m home. We’ve got another five minutes before we start, so for now join me in enjoying some smooth […]