Kindle | reading material for long trips

During my last flight, the passenger across the aisle from me was reading from a small device about the size of a paperback book. I didn't know what it was, so I asked... and it turned out to be Kindle.

I have since done some research into Kindle, and it seems like a useful product for frequent travelers. We all know the problem. We're packing for a long trip and want to bring adequate reading material to occupy the long hours of our flight. Problem is, books are heavy, especially just-released best sellers available only in hardback.

Kindle is an ingenious solution, and it's available through amazon.com. About 5 by 7 inches in size and weighing just 10 ounces, Kindle can hold 200 titles. New York Times best sellers and new releases are just $9.99, and you can also have daily newspapers delivered wirelessly. Although I cannot begin to explain the technology, it uses cell phone data transmission, and you can download an entire book in less than 60 seconds. Amazon pays the cost of the "phone call."

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