Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Oprah's Favorite New Gadget

Jessica Freely, an author friend of mine, had a very interesting story on her blog recently about Oprah's Favorite New Gadget. Oprah has fallen in love with the Kindle.

This summer, Oprah received a gift that she says changed her life. "It's absolutely my new favorite favorite thing in the world," she says. Meet the Amazon Kindle™, a wireless portable reading device with instant access to more than 190,000 books, blogs, newspapers and magazines. Whether you're in bed or on the train, Kindle lets you think of a book and get it in less than a minute.

Being able to download a book to your Kindle allows you to take your entire library any place at any time! The Amazon Kindle is equipped to hold about 200 books, but if you pop in a simple memory card, you can have more than 4,000 books at your fingertips.

The Amazon Kindle is kind of like a cell phone, Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos says. "It has a wireless radio built right into it and so you can shop right from the device. And anytime you want to get a book, you can have it in less than 60 seconds," he says.

Afraid you might lose your Kindle? Jeff says Amazon's got you covered. "Every time you buy a book, we store an archival copy for you at Amazon," he says. "So if you ever want to delete something off your Kindle or if you lose your Kindle, you can always get your books back, re-download them back anytime you want for free."

Oprah says she was reluctant to try the Amazon Kindle when she first heard about it. "I had a couple electronic books before, and I wasn't there because I was like, 'I need the book; I have to have the paper. I'm a reader. I'm a professional reader,'" she says.When her friend brought her Kindle with a book already downloaded, Oprah was sold. "It was so easy," she says. "And the fact that it's wireless and you don't have to download them from your computer."

I thought this was a great story as it promotes eBooks and the kindle device. If you get a chance, check out the article either at Jessica's blog or at Oprah's blog.

~Stormy Glenn

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