ACDelco Radiators & Heating Components Shop Men's Watches Cloud Drive Photos nav_sap_SWP_6M_fly_beacon $5 Albums belkin All-New Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote Beauty Videos Introducing Handmade Find the Best Purina Pro Plan for Your Pet Amazon Gift Card Offer wdftv wdftv wdftv  Amazon Echo Starting at $49.99 Kindle Voyage AutoRip in CDs & Vinyl Fall Arrivals in Amazon Outdoor Clothing STEM Toys & Games

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.

Kindle Price: $0.99
Read this title for free. Learn more

These promotions will be applied to this item:

Some promotions may be combined; others are not eligible to be combined with other offers. For details, please see the Terms & Conditions associated with these promotions.

Read for Free
with Kindle Unlimited

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Flip to back Flip to front
Audible Narration Playing... Paused   You are listening to a sample of the Audible narration for this Kindle book.
Learn more

The Amazon Kindle Basic Web Wireless Service: Why It Is a Revolutionary Feature, and Why Amazon Should Keep It Free or Cheap Kindle Edition

5 customer reviews

See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
"Please retry"
"Please retry"

Length: 160 pages Word Wise: Enabled

Kindle Delivers
Kindle Delivers
Subscribe to the Kindle Delivers monthly e-mail to find out about each month's Kindle book deals, new releases, editors' picks and more. Learn more (U.S. customers only)

Product Details

  • File Size: 215 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Harvard Perspectives Press ( (November 24, 2007)
  • Publication Date: November 24, 2007
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0010B0C9C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,388,803 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?

More About the Author

I cut my teeth as a writer covering the Cape Cod Baseball League and other sports for what was then called the Cape Cod Standard-Times and later the Boston Globe, studied the craft of writing with Robert Lowell, Kurt Vonnegut, Monroe Engel and Carter Wilson, and served as Fiction Editor of the Harvard Advocate. In 1999 I founded a small independent publishing company called Harvard Perspectives Press (named after two of my favorite institutions from my undergraduate years, the Harvard House of Pizza and the Harvard Wine Company), and it has done astonishingly well, with a couple of niche bestsellers, other work that we have been proud to published, and now some stunning successes with the Kindle publishing platform. I have three wonderful children, and along the way I've been an author, a community organizer, a bookseller, a publishing executive, a marathoner, an elected official, and some other things unsuitable for mention here.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Vincent P. Domeraski on March 26, 2008
Format: Kindle Edition
Kindle is an experiment and those who want to participate in it pay a substantial upfront charge. Anyone who thinks it's too expensive, too constricting or too risky can wait on the sidelines and see. What bothers me is that so many people are evaluating this product using either the paper book, or their own wish list of features as a standard. I personally prefer to read books on my Kindle rather than on a computer or on paper.

I have accumulated literally a ton of books in my lifetime and have no desire to add any more to my collection, unless it's what I consider a collectible, in which case I'll buy it in paper. Incidentally, I have reached the same conclusion about my music collection. The iPod is just what I need, so I use it. I don't begrudge Apple or Amazon the fees or restrictions, because they offer a quality product and service for the price.

I have a laptop that I use to access to video clips, play DVDs, read blogs, news, search via Google and use email. I don't see any advantage to using a Kindle for any that. Adding a fraction of an ounce or a penny of cost to the Kindle in order to add any of those features would disappoint me.

Amazon obviously put a lot of though and research into this venture and I hope that it works out for them and for us. If they have to make adjustments as time goes on so be it. Like Apple, they provide an excellent product at an initially high price. In Kindle's case I estimate that I'll get my money's worth over about a two-year period. Users' mileage will vary. Similarly, my five year old PowerBook G4 doesn't owe me a penny. And Amazon, it seems to me, is closer to the ideal of excellent service and support for a reasonable cost than Apple. Let's hope it stays that way.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By reader on March 13, 2008
Format: Kindle Edition
i held off buying a kindle because it seemed like a lot of money to read a book {how wrong i was}. after reading the initial revues i found that it was a lot more than that. ive had it now for a couple of months and i dont know how i ever did without it. there are a couple of changes i would like to see. larger area to hold it without changing the page, a much better book cover with stlyus and key stroke chart. i have problems with the internet but not downloading which is amazing, for some reason it takes my user name and password but goes no further {i.e. banks and brokerage acct's}. i cant wait for the improved model and will buy it without hesitation especially if you improve the internet and make it easier to hold. the kindle will revolutionize the world for people like me that love to read and resarch.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
By Tom Poleet on January 5, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Changing my Kindle (2nd Generation With latest version update) to a Kindle 7" HD with 8gb that I won on zBiddy in Dec, 2013 [IF it ever arrives]!! Theses books from what I read Should help us immensely Learning the Kindle HD! Will Most likely get ALL of his books on the Kindle HD 7" tablet (For now)...
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By inspiralight on March 16, 2008
Format: Kindle Edition
If the author feels as passionately as his title implies, then he wouldn't charge people any more than a penny to hear his heartfelt opinion, making it clear that his priority is to help spread the word, rather than making a buck.

What Amazon should do is this:
Each item you purchase from the Kindle store should earn you a certain amount of credit to cover the cost of your wireless access. If there are possibly some Kindle users out there who don't buy anything whatsoever from the Kindle store, and who look to it purely as a clever scheme for finagling a lifetime of free wireless access, (the same kind of diehard sponger who never, ever gives a tip to waiters and waitresses) then those are the only people who should rightfully pay any and all nominal fees that might become an economic necessity if too many hardcore spongers start climbing on board (and weighing down) the Kindle express.

P.S. After posting this review I found out that [currently] Amazon does not allow people to charge less than 99 cents for a Kindle offering (a kindling) and I must confess that makes my initial point uninformed. I think Amazon should make the 99 cent minimum known to all buyers.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
By Ford on January 24, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
What can I say. For the price there was a lot of good information to be gotten. I Liked it.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse


Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

Topic From this Discussion
Can you use Kindle for borrowing digital library books?
Can you borrow books Kindle to Kindle? Like if me and my sister both have kindles, can we borrow each others e-books?? I'm not sure how this works!
Oct 31, 2010 by Kimberly Renee |  See all 126 posts
kindle edition library books won't download to my kindle?
Make sure it is on the wifi setting - not 3G.
Oct 7, 2011 by Marilyn "Clear Water" |  See all 2 posts
K4 Non-Touch size
Christina, Hmmm, I think I hear crickets in here...posting this question in the discussion forum was a great idea! lol ;O)
Oct 1, 2011 by FunMan |  See all 4 posts
Kindle has been in the cupboard for a month... Be the first to reply
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in