Amazon’s pre-Thanksgiving launch of the Kindle, an electronic book reader, sold out in just five and a half hours, reports Engadget. The $399 device is able to download books directly from Amazon’s wireless network, which piggybacks on Sprint’s, bypassing Wi-Fi hotspots and making it independent of computers. Instead of a monthly plan, users pay individually for books or newspapers.
The screen uses “electronic ink,” industry-speak for an electronically activated material that is not backlit. That avoids glare but requires the use of a reading lamp. [User] reviews on Amazon.com have been mixed, with many users calling the device visionary but suggesting there is a lot of room for improvement in the next version.