Amazon’s Kindle 2 is now out and available.
In my opinion, although Amazon has made improvements, there are features still lacking. For instance, users will not have the convienence of touch screen technology available on the Sony PRS-700B or the screen resolution of iRex Technologies’ iLiad Readers. Kindle 2 has two distinct advantages:
1) Amazon’s range of books (more than 230,000 of them) &
2) The built-In WhisperNet Cellular wireless connectively.
[ed. note: Here is a link to a video “unboxing” of the Kindle 2 by Cali Lewis.]
E Book Readers, though, are quite pricey. There are improvements that will be forthcoming. In the meantime, alternatives are avaiable. One such alternative is Shortcovers. It is available at Short Covers. I downloaded the application on my blackberry and was able to go and look for books. I found the user interface to be quite easy and straighforward.
There are also other sources available as well. One such source is Project Gutenberg which lists over 27,000 public domain books. I tried downloading one book to my blackberry to assess how it went. It was a bit slow, but I was able to download the book I was looking for.
In terms of eBooks, one thing is for sure: the choices are growing…
Thanks for reading,