Amazon Tries Something Novel With E-book Reader

But similar devices haven't captured the public's imagination
By Marcia Greenwood,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 15, 2007 9:58 PM CST
So far, e-book readers haven't caught on in the way some experts predicted.   (KRT Photos)
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(Newser) – Online retail giant will unveil its highly anticipated electronic-book reader on Monday in New York,  an industry source tells CNET. In the works for more than a year, the Kindle is equipped with a Wi-Fi connection that taps into an Amazon e-book store, which users can access to buy new electronic books.

Primarily geared toward business travelers, it also includes a feature to download digital editions of the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. The device is expected to cost $399. So far, e-books haven't caught on the way some had predicted.  Sony unveiled the second edition of its $300 Sony Reader device in October. The original, released in September 2006, was a bust.