October 15 – October 22, 2009 Edition

Amazon Offers New Kindle Wireless

SEATTLE, WA/AUTHORLINK NEWS/10/15/09–Amazon this week announced a new wireless feature for its Kindle reader which will allow users to receive books, newspapers, and magazines wirelessly while at home or abroad in over 100 countries, within less than 60 seconds. The company also announced that it has lowered the price of its bestselling Kindle reading device from $299 to $250 and that it will ship the devices anywhere in the world. The $259 Kindle with U.S. Wireless is available for immediate shipment, and the $279 Kindle with US and International Wireless can be preordered for delivery starting in two weeks.

Kindle utilizes the same 3G wireless technology as advanced cell phones, so users never need to hunt for a Wi-Fi hotspot. Unlike cell phones, there are no monthly wireless bills and no yearly contracts. There is no software to install, and no syncing required.

Kindle is as thin as most magazines and weighs less than a paperback-but can hold 1,500 books. Its electronic-ink screen looks and reads like real paper with no glare-even in bright sunlight. A long battery life means you can read for up to two weeks on a single charge.

The US Kindle Store has more than 350,000 books, including 107 of 112 New York Times bestsellers, plus top newspapers, magazines, and blogs.