Amazon launches Kindle ebook

Amazon.com has taken the digital book by the digital horns and released the first mass-supported ebook (electronic book).The Kindle is a wireless port

Amazon.com has taken the digital book by the digital horns and released the first mass-supported ebook (electronic book).The Kindle is a wireless portable screen: it’s light, has a large clear display with a 600x800 resolution, uses the EVDO wireless standard and supports SD cards to expand its 256MB of on-board memory.At the moment, among the titles signed up to provide for the Kindle are the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, TIME, Atlantic Monthly and Forbes. There’s also around 88,000 novels available for your reading pleasure.It’ll carry around 200 titles in any one go with new titles costing around $10 to download.So, what is the Kindle exactly? It’s an ebook, also known as an eInk reader, and is a little like an iPod. You download your ebook content – maybe a nice Tom Clancy novel or perhaps your favourite broadsheet – wirelessly at home or on the move and then you read it. The screen is brighter than normal portable screens, with far less glare from the sun and is far easier on battery life.The Kindle uses a new technology that displays what looks like ink, into any image or text imaginable. It’s greyscale and pretty simple so there’s no watching movies on it. The idea is you don’t turn into a walking library as you juggle your magazines and books on your journey, giving you far more choice. Although, you may have to juggle the Kindle with your music player, mobile phone, games system and any other gadget you may already carry with you.Amazon is keeping quiet about a release outside the US, but at $400 (£200) it may need a price cut before it hops the pond.EssentialsAmazon Kindle ebook Price: $400 (£200)On sale: 20 NovemberContact: Amazon