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

Stephen Windwalker
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Book Description

This article is excerpted by Stephen Windwalker's book, The Amazing Amazon Kindle (Harvard Perspectives Press, December 2007). Windwalker is author of Selling Used Books Online: The Complete Guide to Bookselling at Amazon's Marketplace and Other Online Sites and creator of the Big Man Getting Smaller blog at Approximately 1700 words. PLEASE NOTE: THIS CONTENT IS ALSO INCLUDED, along with much, much more IN How to Use the Amazon Kindle for Email & Other Cool Tricks: Read and Answer Email Anywhere, Anytime on the Amazing Amazon Kindle -

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  • File Size: 215 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Harvard Perspectives Press ( (November 24, 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0010B0C9C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,230,618 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Let the Market Decide 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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ingenious device March 13, 2008
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Writing! 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)...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Unclear Priorities 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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good to know stuff January 24, 2013
By Ford
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What can I say. For the price there was a lot of good information to be gotten. I Liked it.
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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.


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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.
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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)
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