Amazon.com’s spiffy new reading device is now available in Canada. Kindle is now available for order from the Amazon.com web site and, for now, is shipped from the U.S (and subject to duty and taxes of course). But what exactly is so great about the Kindle? I’ve said for some time that print publications (newspapers, magazines, flyers, brochures etc) are still being printed on paper because there’s nothing available to replace them. When something comes along that can offer a similar reading experience without the need for bulky hardware and expensive data transfer charges, print media will begin to die. The Kindle may be the beginning of that wave.
I’m not saying that ALL printing will come to an immediate halt. There will probably be the need for text and images on paper for the foreseeable future but any technology that can offer portability, low cost and ease of use will significantly reduce the need for paper printing. The Kindle reading device addresses these issues and more. I wrote about this spiffy device way back in March and I understand there have been a number of improvements since then.
Have a look at the video below for an overview and visit the Kindle Store on Amazon.com for more information. I haven’t bought one yet but it’s on my list and I’ll review it here when I do. But then again, perhaps Santa may pick one up for me. Stay tuned.