If you haven’t heard of the Kindle, it is a wireless reading device manufactured by Amazon that seems to be gathering some wide adoption. The Kindle allows you to wirelessly buy, receive, and read books them from a device that is 1/3″ thin and has a screen that is either 6″ diagonal or 9.7″ diagonal depending on which version you purchase.
Stay with me, here. You’ll see why I bring this up, momentarily.
Amazon has 275,000 books available to download to the Kindle, including 107 of 112 books currently found on the New York Times® Best Seller list. They have also made available popular magazines, newspapers, and blogs. Most books are less expensive on the Kindle than when purchased in physical form – often $9.99.
What is great about the Kindle is that if you are an avid reader, you don’t need to lug around several books on trips or on the subway or airplane – just one magazine-sized device. If you run out of books to read, just wirelessly buy another from wherever you are. More information on the Kindle is here and the larger 9.7″ version is here. The demonstration videos on those pages give you a better feel for the device and it’s capabilities.
Anyway, with that intro aside for those previously not familiar with the Kindle, the real news is that the Rare Victorian blog is now available on the Kindle. You can wirelessly receive Rare Victorian updates on the device without the need for a computer. Once you have a new Kindle in your possession, you can go to the Amazon page for Rare Victorian, here to link the subscription for your device. I’d love it if some of you would provide an honest review of Rare Victorian at that link even if you don’t plan to ever get a Kindle. My page is devoid of reviews due to the newness of it being added to Amazon.
One note is that Amazon charges Kindle users $1.99 a month for blog subscriptions from which they retain 70%. I don’t expect to cover more than pizza money for what is left for me, rather I’m hoping to expand the visibility of the blog out via any new medium and Kindle seems to be gathering some steam over the other e-reader devices on the market.
Pretty soon you may see students with a single, thin e-reader device with all their school books on it and Kindle looks to be headed in that direction with the larger DX version. How I would have loved to get rid of my 50 lb. backpack full of books back then …