The Kindle Paperwhite and the new version of the Kindle are now available here in Canada.
With summer officially here, it’s not just the temperature that’s heating up: the debate over whether electronic books are better or worse than old-school tomes seems to spark a surprising amount of passionate discussion among avid readers.
Things are heating up even more in the e-book market with Amazon’s announcement of the new Kindle. It’s not called the Kindle 3 or anything (just the sticking with the same name). It’s smaller, lighter, claims to last for up to a month (!) on a single charge, plus it’s being released in both Wi-Fi and 3G versions.
Until recently, E-readers were a perpetual “almost” technology. The displays were almost good enough to read, the readers were almost slim and small enough to carry conveniently, the books were almost available.
But thanks to the ever-accelerating pace of digital technology, e-readers are finally coming into their own as a product category, and real competition between various readers means consumers finally have a choice between several inexpensive readers and one very popular but much more expensive option.
Unless you’re referring to your significant other’s state of dress, “stripped down” tends to have pretty negative connotations. It suggests something that’s had all its good stuff removed, leaving just the boring basics behind.
But when it comes to technology, there’s something to be said for ditching extraneous features and concentrating on doing one thing well. That’s the case with the Kobo eReader ($149), the latest arrival in the growing realm of electronic book-reading gadgets, which includes the Amazon Kindle ($259 and $489) and the Sony Reader ($199 and $299).