The new Kindle from Amazon is coming. The price has dropped. The new Kindle will be released on 27 August.
There are two versions.
There is a larger version with a 9.7" display with the same whistles and bells. USA preorder HERE – UK preorder HERE.
I have been using the Kindle app on my iPhone and on an iPad. I was given the vanilla version of the iPad when it first came out and – frankly – I wasn’t sure what to do with it, since it had no 3G. Since then I have used it for various task, but I have just read my first book on it and and reading the second. I have found it a very good experience reading this way. It is possible, using the app, to highlight and add notes to your text. Also, with the iPad, it is easy to read in the dark. But the iPad is really too heavy to hold for a long time. It is great if you can prop it up. The Kindle is much lighter.
That said, I didn’t think I would like reading a book from a screen, but it works well.
I believe I am ready for a Kindle. I will put it on my wishlist.
Some Kindle subscriptions you can read on all the other Kindle apps (for iPhone or laptop, etc.) only if you already have the Kindle hardware. Say you want to subscribe to the daily edition of the Daily Telegraph in the UK. You can’t subscribe unless you have a Kindle. But once you get it, you can read it on all your "Kindle’d" devices.
Here is what the amazon.com site says:
No monthly wireless bills or commitments. Amazon pays for Kindle’s wireless connectivity so you won’t see a monthly wireless bill. There is no wireless setup – you are ready to shop, purchase, and read right out of the box.
Global 3G Coverage
Travel the globe and still get books in under 60 seconds. Kindle uses GSM technology—the most popular mobile wireless standard – with wireless coverage in over 100 countries and territories, such as Australia, Hong Kong, Germany, Japan, Norway, Spain, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and many others. Stay in touch with news from home by having your newspaper and magazine subscriptions delivered wirelessly while you travel.
For U.S. customers traveling abroad, additional charges apply for wireless delivery of periodical subscriptions. For details, click here. To avoid any charges, you can always download items via your computer and transfer them to your Kindle using USB or a Wi-Fi connection.
So, it look like you can get about anything you want anywhere you want with this thing.