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'kindle'에 해당되는 글 2건

  1. 2009.05.11 Kindle DX (2)
  2. 2009.03.06 아마존의 킨들, 아이폰/팟을 통해서 서비스 실시
2009.05.11 11:54 모발꼼

킨들2의 후속인 킨들 DX가 나왔습니다. 

10" e-paper 면 가격이 상당할텐데.. 흠.. 

저 크기면 근데 ... 어디에 넣어 다니죠.. ^^;;; 
 

   - Display : 9.7" e-paper
   - Resolution : 1200 x 824 (150ppi, 16level grey)
   - Size : 10.4 x 7.2 x 0.38 (inch)
   - Weight : about 535g
   - Memory : 3.3GB (3,500 권의 e-book 저장)
   - Connetivity : 3G 연동 (월정액 가입 선택 가능), USB 2.0
   - Battery : 4days (wireless on 상태에서 읽기) 14days (wireless off 상태에서 읽기)
   - Price : $489 (09년 여름 출시)
   - 기타 : 
      . 교육 부분 강세인 신규 출판사 3곳 가세
        (Pearson PLC, Cengage Learning, John Wiley & Sons Inc. )
      . 6개 학교와 함께 Kindle을 수업 교재로 사용하는 실험 예고 (09년 가을)
      . 3개 신문사의 컨텐츠 공급 계약 체결 (뉴욕 타임즈, 보스턴 글로브, 샌프랜시스코 크로니클)
      . PDF Reader 내장 
      . Auto Rotation 가능  

[출처 : ZDNet] 

[포토]대화면 전자책 리더 '킨들DX' 등장
이설영 기자 ronia@zdnet.co.kr
2009.05.07 / AM 10:08


[지디넷코리아]아마존은 6일(현지시간) 9.7인치 대형 스크린을 탑재한 전자책(e-book: 이북) 리더기 '킨들DX'를 공개했다.

6인치급인 현재 주력 모델 '킨들2'보다 화면이 커진 만큼 신문, 잡지, 책, 전문적인 문서 등을 보다 쉽게 읽을 수 있다. PDF 리더도 내장돼 있어 기업 고객들도 유용하게 쓸 수 있다는게 회사측 설명이다. 

아마존에 따르면 킨들DX는 책, 정기간행물, 문서 등을 3,500권까지 담을 수 있다. 킨들2가 1,500권까지 담았음을 감안하면 두배 이상 늘어난 용량이다.

배터리는 충전없이 하루동안 사용할 수 있다. 텍스트 낭독과 자동 회전 기능도 제공한다. 연간 또는 월정액을 내지 않고 3G 이동통신 네트워크를 이용할 수 있다. 가격은 489달러로 359달러인 '킨들2'에 비해 비싼 편이다.  판매는 올 여름부터다. 

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Amazon seeks more paths for sales with new Kindle

NEW YORK (AP) ? Amazon.com Inc. hopes a bigger version of its Kindle electronic reading device can be a hit, even if it's more expensive, and the company is aiming it in part at college students who are eager to save money on their textbooks.

Since the Kindle debuted in late 2007, it has jazzed many users and technophiles, but electronic readers from Amazon and rivals such as Sony Corp. are still in an early stage. Amazon has not disclosed Kindle sales figures, and the publishing industry has said e-books account for less than 1 percent of book sales. 

Now, by offering the larger, $489 version of the Kindle DX and the smaller $359 Kindle 2, Amazon will try to open more avenues for digital versions of books ? and other kinds of content. The New York Times, The Boston Globe and The Washington Post plan pilot programs in which they will offer the new Kindle at a discount to some readers who sign up for subscriptions to read the news on the device, the way cell phone providers subsidize phones. 

In an interview, Amazon founder and Chief Executive Jeff Bezos said that because the newest Kindle has a 9.7-inch screen, it will be better suited than the 6-inch regular Kindle at showing "complex layouts" in everything from cookbooks to travel guides.

"Things like those that have a lot of layout, structure, look really good on a big screen," he said on the sidelines of a press event Wednesday at Pace University in New York. 

The Kindle already had features that could aid textbook reading, like the ability to highlight and bookmark passages. Users could tap the Kindle's typewriter-layout keyboard to look up words and annotate text. But besides a larger screen, the new version also offers more data storage ? room for 3,500 books instead of 1,500 on the Kindle 2. 

Three textbook publishers ? Pearson PLC, Cengage Learning and John Wiley & Sons Inc. ? have agreed to sell books on the device. Collectively, they publish 60 percent of all higher-education textbooks, Bezos said. 

At least six universities have agreed to run Kindle pilots in the fall ? Pace, Arizona State University, Case Western Reserve University, Princeton University, Reed College and the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. The schools will work with publishers to make sure books assigned for courses are available in the Kindle format, and some colleges might subsidize the devices for their students. 

Case Western President Barbara Snyder said the school will equip 40 students with the new Kindles to study their effects on how they read, take notes, work in teams and retain knowledge. Snyder said she was not sure who would be paying for the Kindles, but that the students would not be. 

She believes the device may enable students to get textbook content more cheaply.

Indeed, for students, the biggest advantage could be the lower cost of electronic textbooks. Reading material on the Kindle is consistently less expensive than printed versions, with new releases of mass-market books typically costing $10, for example.

A 2005 Government Accountability Office report said the average cost is $900 per year for students at four-year public colleges, though the textbook industry argues the figure is closer to $625. Typically the prices are high because publishers are trying to capture as many sales as possible in the first year of release, before students can buy used versions. 

The Kindle's size and weight ? 18.9 ounces, which is almost twice as heavy as the Kindle 2 but lighter than most laptop computers and paper textbooks_ could also be appealing to students on the go.

Amazon won't be the first to venture into the digital textbook realm.

CourseSmart, a Belmont, Calif.-based company started by several textbook publishers, is already trying to cut down textbook prices by selling digital copies to students, who can download or view them online. 

An August study by Make Textbooks Affordable, a joint project of a number of student advocacy groups, was critical of CourseSmart's digital textbooks, however, saying that they were still too costly and that most of the ones they surveyed expired after 180 days.

Bezos believes electronic versions will eventually dominate, though. "It just makes so much sense," he said. 

Whether portable, electronic versions of newspapers make sense will remain to be seen. But publishers that have struggled to get people to pay for digital versions of news stories in Web browsers are exploring the Kindle and similar devices.

"Ultimately, this is about providing our readers with what they want and need," said New York Times Co. Chairman Arthur Sulzberger Jr., who joined Bezos on stage for the event. 

Josh Martin, a Yankee Group analyst, is skeptical of that.

"It's not as if the mass market is saying, 'I'm desperate for a newspaper.'... That seems to be the problem they're trying to solve, but that's not the issue. The issue is timeliness of delivery of the news, relevance to the user," he said. 

Martin believes that, especially in the case of newspaper readers, the benefits of the Kindle DX don't justify its high price.

When the Kindle 2 was unveiled, NPD Group analyst Ross Rubin predicted that for e-book readers to reach broader audiences, the price would have to come down ? something he didn't expect to happen until must-haves like textbooks became available for the devices. Since the Kindle DX actually costs quite a bit more than the Kindle 2, "it makes sense to explore ... other forms of distribution, such as subsidization by newspapers," Rubin said. 

Bezos said another potential improvement in the Kindle ? a color screen ? is being explored but "many years away from commercial readiness." 

"The electronic paper display we're using now, that was in the lab for 13 years," he said.

Amazon shares rose 9 cents to close Wednesday at $81.99.
 

[spec] 

Display: 9.7" diagonal E-Ink?? electronic paper display, 1200 x 824 pixel resolution at 150 ppi, 16-level gray scale.

Size (in inches): 10.4" x 7.2" x 0.38".

Weight: 18.9 ounces.

System requirements: None, because it doesn't require a computer.

Storage: 4GB internal (approximately 3.3GB available for user content).

Battery Life: Read on a single charge for up to 4 days with wireless on. Turn wireless off and read for up to two weeks. Battery life will vary based on wireless usage, such as shopping the Kindle Store and downloading content. In low coverage areas or in 1xRTT only coverage, wireless usage will consume battery power more quickly.

Charge Time: Fully charges in approximately 4 hours and supports charging from your computer via the included USB 2.0 cable.

Connectivity: EVDO modem with fallback to 1xRTT; utilizes Amazon Whispernet to provide U.S wireless coverage via Sprint's 3G high-speed data network (check wireless coverage). See Wireless Terms and Conditions.

USB Port: USB 2.0 (micro-USB connector) for connection to the Kindle DX power adapter or optionally to connect to a PC or Macintosh computer.

Audio: 3.5mm stereo audio jack, built-in stereo speakers.

Content Formats Supported: Kindle (AZW), PDF, TXT, Audible (formats 4, Audible Enhanced (AAX)), MP3, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, RTF, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion.

Included Accessories: Power adapter, USB 2.0 cable, battery. Leather book cover sold separately.

Documentation: Quick Start Guide (included in box) [PDF]; Kindle DX User's Guide (pre-installed on device) [PDF].

Warranty and Service: 1 year limited warranty and service included. Optional 2 year Extended Warranty sold separately.


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  1. Never Ever 2009.05.28 13:18 신고  Addr  Edit/Del  Reply

    잘보고 트랙백 걸고 갑니다 ^^

  2. 우주인토마스 2009.06.07 04:24 신고  Addr  Edit/Del  Reply

    Thank you ^^

2009.03.06 08:25 모발꼼
아마존이 아이폰을 통해서 Kindle 서비스를 실시합니다.

앱스토어에서 킨들 서비스를 받을 수 있는 어플을 다운 받아 설치하시고,

구입을 진행하시면 되죠.


자, 여기서 갑작 궁금했던 것은

아마존이 왜 킨들을 서비스하면서 경쟁제품이 될 수 있는 아이폰에 킨들용 서비스를 넣었냐는 것입니다.

스스로 마켓을 잠식할 필요는 없으니까요.


결론은 아래 실 사용자의 글을 보면서 얻었습니다.

   1. 아마존이 노리는 아이폰용 e-book 시장은 단편글 시장과 만화책 시장

   2. 오랜 독서 시간이 필요한 글은 Kindle 1/2 가 더 강점이 크다. 

   3. Kindle이 Color E-paper를 탑재하기 전까지는 병행 전략으로 on going

   4. 궁극적으로 아마존에게 중요한 것은 킨들과 아이폰을 통한 e-book 시장의 확대

이렇군요!

아마존 머리 잘 쓰고 있는 듯 합니다.


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Comparing Kindle 2 with Kindle's iPhone app


Amazon introduced a Kindle application for the iPhone and iPod Touch

Amazon introduced a Kindle application for the iPhone and iPod Touch

(Credit: Screenshot by Nicole Lee/CBS Interactive)

I bought a Kindle 2 last week, after a year of waiting for the second iteration of Amazon's e-book reader. I was hesitant at first, as I still love reading hardcover and paperback books, but the free cellular Web access and the addition of magazine subscriptions from publications like The New Yorker had me convinced.

I've had it for a week now, and I love it. It feels great in my hands, and the e-ink screen creates the illusion of a reading a real book. I can hold it in my hand and read from it for hours.

I also have an Apple iPhone. I've tried e-book applications like eReader and Stanza, but I just didn't find the reading experience very satisfying.

It's OK for short chunks of reading, while waiting in line or sitting on the bus, but not on a lazy Sunday afternoon around the house. Holding a small device like that for long periods of time just isn't comfortable, plus the small LCD screen can be hard on the eyes after a while. And, of course, there are books only available for the Amazon Kindle and not any other e-book store. It's this last criteria that really forced my hand when purchasing the Kindle 2.

So when I first heard that Amazon released the Kindle application for the iPhone, I immediately second-guessed my purchase of the Kindle 2. Did I make a foolish purchase? Why wasn't I patient enough to wait for the iPhone application? A free iPhone app is definitely a lot cheaper than the $359 for the Kindle 2. So I downloaded the Kindle for iPhone application to find out whether I should send my Kindle 2 packing with a return slip.

When you first launch the application, it'll prompt you for your Amazon log-in information. Enter that in, and you're presented with the Home screen. If you already have a Kindle, like me, you'll see an Archived items folder with all of your Kindle purchases already there for you to download.

Using Amazon's Whisper Sync, it will also communicate with Amazon's servers to let you keep track of where you are in a book, so you can pick up where you left off in either the Kindle or the iPhone.

Bear in mind that it won't sync up samples--only books you've actually purchased. This makes me feel a little better about having a Kindle, since now I'll be able to leave my Kindle at home and continue my reading on the iPhone, and vice versa.

Like on the Kindle e-book, you can bookmark pages, increase the font size, and access the table of contents. You can buy a book or download a sample directly to your iPhone, be it via 3G or Wi-Fi. Turning the page is as easy as swiping the iPhone's touch screen.

From Amazon.com on the Safari browser, you can select where you want to send a sample to if you have both the Kindle and the iPhone app.

(Credit: Screenshot by Nicole Lee)

There are several important caveats, however. The iPhone Kindle application supports only books, not periodicals, so I wasn't able to download my weekly New Yorker magazine or my daily New York Times subscription, though I guess you can just surf on over to those sites via Safari (or check out The New York Times' iPhone app).

Also, there is currently no way to buy and browse Amazon books within the application. Instead, you'll have to go through a Web browser, such as Safari for the iPhone. Head to the Amazon Kindle Store, buy a book, and it'll show up on your iPhone.

Having to switch between two different applications like this is very annoying and is a serious downside to the Kindle iPhone app. If you have both a Kindle and an iPhone, but want to download a free sample to your iPhone only, make sure to select your iPhone's name in the drop-down menu under the "Send sample now" button.

Also, the Kindle iPhone application does not resolve my earlier complaint about reading e-books on the iPhone. Reading on the iPhone's screen for a long duration is just not very enjoyable. This is especially apparent if you encounter long paragraphs with no breaks in the text--the entire screen of the iPhone becomes just one block of words and can be difficult to read. If you want it for reading in short bursts however, this is acceptable. But for longer reading while relaxing on the couch, the Kindle wins.

But there is one potential advantage the iPhone has over the Kindle, and that is color. Why would you want color in an e-book? Why, for comics, of course. I'm a big comic book fan, so I went looking for comics in the Amazon Kindle Store to see how it would look on the new Kindle 2 with its 16 shades of gray.

There aren't a lot of choices out there, so I just downloaded a few samples to check them out. The results are not that great, sad to say. Each comic page is considered an image, so it's a little slower to download.

I was fine with the gray shading, but the comic format does not quite fit the size of the Kindle 2's screen. Smaller format books like manga digests look a little better, however. Still, navigating the pages is a pain. There's no way to zoom in and out of panels, and if I wanted to enlarge the images to full size, I had to do so for each page. Plus, word balloons are almost impossible to read, since I can't zoom in.

I downloaded those same comic samples to the Kindle application on the iPhone. I still couldn't zoom in, and it's still hard to read the word balloons. But I was awed and amazed that they arrived in full-blown color. Yes, I couldn't read any of them, but it gave me a small glimmer of hope that maybe someday, there'll be a way. Until then, I guess I'll have to live with the individually sold iVerse comic applications.

So if you're trying to choose between the Kindle hardware and the iPhone version, which should you pick? It depends. If you don't read that much, or if you plan on using the e-book reader as merely a complement to your reading, the iPhone Kindle application is probably enough for you. But if you want something that will not only complement, but replace, a lot of your reading material, the Kindle is a much better bet.

Comparing comic books on the Kindle. Not great yet, since you can't zoom in, but the potential is there.

Comparing comic books on the Kindle and the Kindle iPhone app. The quality isn't great, since you can't zoom in (which is a problem for reading text), but the potential is there.


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