Friday, October 30, 2009

Wingman Has The YIPS for eBooks


Wingman Has The YIPS for eBooks

and other HARDware


With a Nod to an episode of

Sean of the De
ad-Pan on

USA's Psych.

Season 4 continues in January


MC2 Blog: eBooks. eBooks, eBooks, eBooks...YIPS!




Sony Reader


Reader Touch Edition


Reader Pocket Edition


Reader Daily Edition
Coming Soon.


Kindle 2

Kindle Wireless Reading Device

(6" Display, U.S. & International Wireless, Latest Generation)



Kindle DX

Kindle DX Wireless Reading Device (9.7" Display,
U.S. Wireless, Latest Generation)

The company that makes the panels for Sony and Amazon.


Color Corridor:

Samsung 2011


(Sony, Kindle Displays)


Plastic Logic Reader

(spring 2010)


Bridgestone Reader
(yes, the Tire Maker)

It's Flexible???


Pixel Qi (this year?)



In The UK:

A few forward-thinking libraries in the UK have started offering ebook downloads as

an alternative to borrowing physical copies of books, and the local public's reaction

has been one of overwhelming enthusiasm.

Brits have been eagerly joining up to the new scheme. Free downloads that last for 14

days before self-deleting can be had either in the library or at home, and transitioned

onto your Sony Reader, iRex iLiad, or that new hotness, B&N's nook.

Naturally, the proprietary-format Kindle isn't invited to this party. We've already seen

a similar initiative in the USA, and can only hope this kind of convenience becomes

mainstream before too long.


The only thing better than unannounced functionality is an automatic, surprise

refund on your purchase. With the international version of Amazon's 6-inch Kindle

you get both. Several readers who ordered the $279 international Kindle have received

the following email:

Good news! Due to strong customer demand for our newest Kindle with U.S. and

international wireless, we are consolidating our family of 6" Kindles. As part of this

consolidation, we are lowering the price of the Kindle you just purchased from $279

down to $259.

You don't need to do anything to get the lower price--we are automatically

issuing you a $20 refund.

This refund should be processed in the next few days and will

appear as a credit on your next billing statement.


By "strong customer demand" we assume that Amazon means "we're trying to stay

competitive with the $259 Barnes and Noble Nook," but that's just a hunch. A

hands-on at the Gadget Lab also reveals the inclusion of web browsing thought to

have been disabled.

For the most part it is disabled but Amazon does let you browse to the English

version of Wikipedia and nowhere else. The hands-on also notes "dead slow" 3G

performance and Amazon's decision to ship the international Kindle with a US power

plug regardless of destination. Weird.


Link to Tom's Hardware and DVD Players:


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