Amazon's E-Reader Sells Out Within Hours
Kindle gets mixed reviews, but it's gone in a flash
By Lucas Laursen,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 22, 2007 12:34 PM CST
Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com, introduces the Kindle at a news conference on Monday, Nov. 19, 2007 in New York. The $399 electronic book device will allow downloads of more than 90,000 book...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – 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.