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
Amazon's E-Reader Sells Out Within Hours
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 titles, blogs, magazines and newspapers. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)   (Associated Press)

(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. (Read more Amazon.com stories.)

We use cookies. By Clicking "OK" or any content on this site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. Read more in our privacy policy.
Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
X
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.

X