Common Questions About Kindle Content – Part II

Q: How do I locate content on the device?
A: Select Menu, then “Home,” there you will find all content currently on kindle.

Q: How do I move content between Kindle and my Media Library?
A: On your Kindle, go to “Menu,” select “Home,” then “Menu” again, select “Content manager.” then the content(s) you want to act on, select “Menu” again, choose your action and you are done.
On your computer, log on to Amazon.com go directly to content manager and follow the instructions.

Q: What tasks can I perform on the Content manager Menu?
A: You can go “Home,” shop at the Kindle store, Check for new items, select items on a page, de-select items on a page, move items to memory card, move content to Kindle memory, and remove items from kindle memory to Media Library.

Q: What content are available for Kindle?
A: Books, newspapers, magazines, blogs from the Kindle store, Audiobooks from Audible.com, and MP3 music. You may also download books from sites such as Guttenberg.org, Mobipocket.com, and manybooks.com among others.

Q: What format does Kindle recognizes?
A: Microsoft Word (.DOC), Structured HTML (.HTML, .HTM) , JPEG (.JPEG, .JPG),
GIF (.GIF), PNG (.PNG), BMP (.BMP), PDF (experimental ), Text (.txt), Amazon Kindle (.azw), Unprotected Mobipocket books (.prc, .mobi), Audible Audio books (.aa),
MP3 Music files (.mp3), & compressed ZIP (.ZIP)

Q: How many blogs are available on the device?
A: Hundreds of business, technology, sports, and politics blogs among others.

Q: Do I have to be wirelessly connected to read blogs?
A: Yes when accessing the blog, No when reading the blog. Once feeds are downloaded onto the device you can read them without being wirelessly connected.

Q: Do I have text size options?
A: Yes, you can choose between six text sizes.

Q: Can I add notes to my content?
A: Yes, you can also add bookmarks, highlights and make clippings. All annotations and clippings are saved in the “My Clippings” file (as text) on the Home screen.

Q: Can I use bookmarks to save my place in my reading?
A: Yes, even though Kindle automatically save your place, bookmarking is another way to do it. Once saved, you can use the Menu to access the saved location.

Q: How can I view my annotations?
A: Select “My Notes & Marks” from the menu

Q: Can I remove individual files from “My clippings?”
A: No, you can edit content or remove the entire “My Clipping” file with all its content. When you create new annotations, a new “My Clippings” file will be created.

More to come…

Common Questions About Kindle – Part I

Q: Can you read sample books before purchasing a kindle?
A: Yes, you can download and read the first chapter of all books offered at the Kindle Store.

Q: How do you buy content from the Kindle Store?
A: Access the Kindle Store on the Kindle device or your computer and use Amazon 1-click to buy and download instantaneously.

Q: What if you loose all your content on the Kindle?
A: Amazon backs up all your content to Your Media library at Amazon.com for you to re-download at any time.

Q: Can you access the Web with Kindle?
A: Yes you can access it with the experimental application called Basic Web which is optimized for text-centric sites. It supports javascript, SSL, and cookies, but not media plug-ins or java applets.

Q: Can you download other files from other websites to Kindle?
A: Yes, as long as it is in one of the compatible formats including the kindle format (.AZW), unprotected Mobipocket books (.MOBI, .PRC), and text files (.TXT).

Q: What if I want to download a file that is not among the compatible formats?
A: Email the file to Amazon for conversion and wireless delivery back to your Kindle for a small fee or free delivery to your computer.

Q: How do I handle my account if I want to give my Kindle away?
A: Go to the settings page on your Kindle or the Kindle store at Amazon.com (click on manager Your Kindle) and de-register the device to prevent unauthorized purchases.

Q: How do I protect myself if my Kindle is stolen?
A: Visit the Kindle Store at Amazon.com, de-register your device and Buy another.

Q: What if I have a question about Kindle that I want to get answered?
A: Go to Kindle NowNow on your device, ask the question and you will receive at least three answers wirelessly downloaded to your device within five minutes.

Q: Will I ever need my computer with Kindle?
A: Sometimes. If yon need to download content from the Kindle store when you are not in a wireless coverage area, you will need to hook up Kindle with the computer via the USB cable and download content from the Kindle store at the Amazon.com website.
You will also need the computer to download audio books and MP3 files.

Q: What is the system requirement for using Kindle with the computer
A: Your computer must run Windows 2000 or later if it is a PC and Mac OS x 10.2 or later if it is a Mac. You must also have an available USB port or an attached USB hub with available port.

Q: What kind of Audio can you listen to on Kindle?
A: Audiobooks from Audible.com and MP3 music to play as background music while you read.

Q: Can you download Audio books wirelessly to the device?
A: No, you have to use the AudibleManager software supplied by Audible or iTunes on your Mac or your windows-based computer to transfer books to your computer then use the USB cable or ans SD memory card to transfer them to your Kindle.

Q: How do I activate my Audible.com account?
A: Go to http://www.audible.com/Kindle, set up an account, download and install the AudibleManager Software, launch AudibleManager and connect your Kindle, and activate your Kindle to play audiobooks.

Q: I activated my Kindle for Audiobook files, what do I need to do now to get Audiobook files on the device?
A: Use the AudibleManager software on your computer to purchase and download the files to Kindle with the USB cable.

Q: How do I know I have Audiobooks on my Kindle?
A: An Audio file will appear on your Home screen.

Q: Is kindle compatible with all Audiobook formats?
A: No, Audible offers four versions of the Audiobook format. Formats 2,3, & 4 are compatible, format 1 is not.

Q: Can I use a Mac to Active my Audible account?
A: Only if it runs windows.

Q: How do I transfer Music to my Kindle?
A: Hook up Kindle to the computer with the USB cable, copy MP3 files from the computer to the “Music” folder on your Kindle.

Q: How much MP3 files am I allow to transfer to my Kindle?
A: As much as you want, but remember that they will take up a lot of space and limit your space for other content on the device.

Q: How many ways can I shop at the Kindle store?
A: Two, from the Kindle device and from Kindle store at the Amazon.com website.

Q: Can I manage my account from the Amazon.com website?
A: Yes, you can also manage it from the Kindle device?

Q: I do not want to subscribe to Newspaper and magazines, can I just get one copy if I need it?
A: Yes. There is also a 14-day free subscription period which you can try. You can cancel at anytime during this period and not be charged.

Q: What can I do at the “Manage Your Kindle” page at Amazon.com?
A: You can view and manage your kindle content, personal settings, and account information.

More later…

PRS 505 VS iRex iLiad – Comparison

The following is a detailed comparison between the iRex iLiad and the Sony Reade(PRS-505).

FEATURES

SONY EREADER – PRS 505

iRex iLiad

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Display

  • 6 Inch “electronic paper” display
  • SVGA 800×600 Approx.170 Pixels Per Inch
  • 8-level gray scale
  • Uses E Ink® – a significant improvement over CRT and LCD technology. The result is a reading experience that’s similar to paper .
  • 8.1-inch (diagonal) Electronic paper display
  • 768 x 1024 pixels resolution, 160 Pixels Per Iinch.
  • 16 levels of grey-scale
  • Touch sensor input with stylus pen.


Size

  • 6.9 inches x 4.9 inches x 0.5 inches
  • 175.6 mm x 123.6 mm x 13.8 mm
  • 8.5 inches x 6.1 inches x 0.63 inches
  • 217 mm x 155 mm x 16 mm

Computer Requirement

  • No wireless connection.
  • Requires computer to browsing and buy books online, then download books to your PC.
  • From the PC you download selected content into your Sony® Reader.
  • The iLiad has a wireless connection to automatically download content and updates over the Internet.
  • You can also connect the iLiad directly to any PC with a USB cable.
  • The iLiad Companion software enables you to easily transfer and manage the documents between your PC and the iLiad.

Format

  • Adobe® PDF (unencrypted)
  • JPEG
  • MP3
  • TXT
  • RTF
  • BBeB (Encrypted and Unencrypted)
  • GIF
  • BMP
  • PNG
  • MP3 (Unencrypted)
  • AAC (Unencrypted)
  • HTML
  • TXT
  • JPG
  • BMP
  • PNG
  • PRC (Mobipocket)
  • Adobe® PDF

Expansion

  • 2 slots, an SD slot AND an memory stick Duo slot. Both can be used at once for up to an additional 10GB of storage
  • Expandable via USB, MMC or CF cards Memory Stick storage media – up to 4 GB of additional data.

Connectivity

  • No wireless connectivity.
  • Download ebooks from the online ebook store, CONNECT ebooks, to your computer
  • Use the CONNECT Reader software to access ebooks on your computer
  • Use USB cable to transfer content from your computer to the E-reader.
  • Download content directly to memory card to bypass USB cable transfer.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi® 802.11B/G wireless networking
    Optional external 10/100MB Ethernet networking via Travel hub.
  • Syncs seamlessly with your computer.
  • If you are reading a book on your iLiad in the living room, while your computer is in your office. The iLiad Companion software brings them together using the built-in 802.11B/G wireless capability of the iLiad and your existing network. Your newspapers, books, RSS feeds and documents are synchronized automatically with your iLiad.

Content Delivery Time

  • As fast as internet connection and USB cable transfer will allow.
  • Less than a minute when done in a Wi-Fi hotspot. Synching between computer and device be requires more time.

Content

  • Just over 160, 000 books available
  • The CONNECT™ Store puts thousands of eBook titles online. You’ll find all the latest bestsellers as well as a deep catalog of books in every category – fiction, non-fiction, business, self-help and more, with free first chapters available, plus author bios and reviews. Most titles cost less than their print versions, and CONNECT™ offers additional specials.
  • Over 60,000 titles availabe from Project Gutenberg, and Mobipocket plus other free eBook sites.
  • Subscribe to any of the international newspapers and receive your copy daily on your iLiad at the press of a button.
  • Use as notepad or sketchbook and store hundred of pages with notes and drawings. Use the stylus to make notes, annotations, drawings or sketches.
  • Ideal for reading comic strips, Manga, or graphic novels
  • With the Mobipocket Reader Software you will be able to search, browse and discover thousands of RRS feeds from your favorite websites and blogs, subscribe and sync them to your iLiad and read them whenever you want.
  • Your own reports, articles, reviews, and emails can all be transferred to your iLiad for reading, writing notes, making annotations, and sharing.

Weight

  • 250 g (Approx 8.8 oz, without Soft cover)
  • 389 g (approx 10.3 ounces)

Capacity

  • Internal memory holds up to 80 average size eBooks at a time

  • Internal memory hold up to 12 books, newspapers or comic strips.

Power Supply

  • Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery
  • AC adapter USB
  • Battery Recharge

AC adapter: Approx. 4 hours.
USB-cable: Approx. 6 hours

  • Read 7,500 page with a single charge
  • Built-in rechargeable Lithium Ion battery
  • Charging via Power Adapter
    – Charging time: about 3 hours

Wireless Fees

  • None
  • None just hit a Wifi hotspot.

Wikipedia access

  • Download wikipedia content just like you would any other content.
  • Same as PRS 505

Supplied Accessories

  • PC Management Software
  • Soft cover
  • USB cable
  • AC Power
  • Stylus
  • Travel hub
  • USB cable
  • Power adapter
  • Quick start cardPC

Summary
Display
Both devices use the same electronic paper display.
PRS-505 has a smaller screen and better resolution.
iLiad has higher level grey scale plus uses stylus pen to make notes, underline text, and make comments.

Size
PRS-505 is smaller in every dimension.

Computer Requirement
Apart from the fact that the iLiad is equipped for Wi-Fi connection for wireless content download, both devices utilizes the Computer for content download via USB cable as well.

Format
More compatible formats available on the PRS-505

Capacity
PRS-505 has a lot more capacity for expansion.

Connectivity
Both devices syncs seamlessly with the computer for USB content download. iLiad utilizes Wi-Fi network for content download as well, PRS-505 does not.

Content Delivery Time
Both just about the same via USB Cable. iLiad is faster when done wirelessly.

Content
A lot more content available on the PRS 505 – 160,000 books alone compared to the iLiad’s 60,000.

Weight
PRS-505 is lighter

Capacity
PRS 505 holds a lot more content in internal memory 80 titles as opposed to the iLiad’s 12.

Power Supply
Both utilizes the AC adapter, plus re-chargeable batteries. With the PRS-505, you can read 7,500 pages on a single charge. Charging time: 4 hours for PRS-505, 3 hours for iLiad when done with AC adapter. PRS-505 may be charged with USB cable connection as well.

Wireless Fees
None for both devices

Wikipedia Access
Assume the same for both devices

Supplied Accessories
Comparable for both devices

Conclusion
PRS-505 seems to offer more and may be a better buy.

Kindle VS Hanlin eReader V3 – comparison (Updated)

The following is a detail comparison between the Hanlin eReader V3 and kindle.

FEATURES

Hanlin eReader V3

KINDLE

Photo

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Display

  • 6 Inch “electronic paper” display
  • 600 x800 pixel resolution
  • 4-level gray scale
  • Uses E Ink® – technology. The result is a reading experience that’s similar to paper .
  • 6 inch diagonal electrophoretic –electronic-paper display
  • 600 x 800 pixel resolution.
  • 4-level gray scale
  • Uses E Ink® – for sharp, high-resolution screen that looks and reads like real paper


Size

  • 184 mm (L) x 120.5 mm (W) x 9.9 mm (H)
  • 134.5 mm (L) x 190 mm (W) x 18 mm (H)

Computer Requirement

  • From the PC you download selected content into your Hanlin reader via USB cable
  • Requires computer to purchase and download content when not in wireless a coverage area

Format

  • Adobe® PDF
  • TXT
  • DOC
  • HTML
  • MP3
  • WOLF
  • CHM
  • FB2
  • Djvu
  • Images (BMP, JPG, PNG, TIFF, GIF)
  • Optional: customization to support customer specific content format.
  • Microsoft Word (.DOC)
  • Structured HTML (.HTML, .HTM)
  • JPEG (.JPEG, .JPG)
  • GIF (.GIF)
  • PNG (.PNG)
  • BMP (.BMP)
  • PDF (experimental )
  • Text (.txt)
  • Amazon Kindle (.azw),
  • Unprotected Mobipocket books (.prc, .mobi)
  • Audible Audio books (.aa)
  • MP3 Music files (.mp3).

Expansion

  • SD slot for additional storage up to 4GB

Connectivity

· No wireless connectivity

  • Download content directly the PC.
  • Use USB cable to transfer content from your computer to reader.
  • Use EVDO/CDMA Wireless connectivity to shop the Kindle store and download ebooks (only if you are in a wireless coverage area)
  • Download ebooks from Online Kindle store to your computer
  • Use USB cable to transfer content to your Kindle (If you are not in a coverage area).

Content Delivery Time

  • As fast as internet connection and USB cable transfer will allow.
  • Less than a minute when done wirelessly.
  • In non-wireless area, its as fast as internet connection and USB cable transfer will allow.

Content

  • No mention of content store associated with the company.
  • It is therefore assumed that any content that is accessible on your computer in compatible format can be downloaded to the Hanlin V3 form the computer via USB cable.

  • More than 90,000 books available, including more than 95 of 112 current New York Times® Best Sellers and all New Releases $9.99, unless marked otherwise.
  • Top U.S. newspapers including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post; top magazines including TIME, Atlantic Monthly, and Forbes—all auto-delivered wirelessly
  • Top international newspapers from France, Germany, and Ireland; Le Monde, Frankfurter Allgemeine, and The Irish Times—all auto-delivered wirelessly
  • More than 250 top blogs from the worlds of business, technology, sports, entertainment, and politics, including BoingBoing, Slashdot, TechCrunch, ESPN’s Bill Simmons, The Onion, Michelle Malkin, and The Huffington Post—all updated wirelessly throughout the day.
  • Email your Word documents and pictures (.JPG, .GIF, .BMP, .PNG) to Kindle for easy on-the-go viewing.
  • Free book samples. Download and read first chapters for free before you decide to buy.

Weight

  • 300 g
  • 289 g

Capacity

  • Internal memory – 32MB holds up to approximately 28 books at a time
  • Additional 2MB NOR FLASH
  • Internal memory – 180MB(for content) holds over 200 books, magazines, newspaper, and blogs at a time

Power Supply

  • AC Power adapter
  • Li-ION 950 mAH Rechargeable battery
  • Goes a month without recharging – with an average of about 300 pages of reading per day.

  • AC Power adapter
  • Long Life Rechargeable Lithium Polymer Battery.
  • Leave wireless on and recharge approximately every other day.
  • Turn wireless off and read for a week or more before recharging.
  • Fully recharges in 2 hours.

Wireless Fees

  • none
  • Free wireless

Temperature

  • Operating Temp:0 ºC to 40 ºC
  • Storage Temp : -25 ºC to 55 ºC (without rechargeable battery)
  • Operating Temp: 0 ºC to 35 ºC
  • Storage Temp: -10 ºC to 45 ºC

Supplied Accessories

  • Battery Charger
  • USB 2.0 cable
  • Earphone
  • Battery
  • Hand band
  • Book cover
  • Power adapter
  • USB 2.0 cable

Summary

Display: The same

Size:
Length – Hanlin is longer
Width – Kindle is wider
Height – Hanlin is thinner

Computer Requirement
Hanlin – Assume to be needed for content download on Hanlin, since there is no mention of wireless capability.
Kindle – Needed only when not in wireless coverage area for Kindle.

Format
Kindle – CHM, WOLF, FB2, and Djvu formats not covered
Hanlin- PRC, MOBI, AZW, AA formats not covered (offers customization for unsupported formats)
All other formats are equal.

Expansion
Both offer additional storage up to 4 GB via SD expansion cards.

Connectivity
Hanlin – No wireless connectivity
Kindle – Wireless connectivity when in coverage area.

Content Delivery Time
Hanlin – depends on internet speed
Kindle – less than one minute in wireless coverage areas

Content
Hanlin – No mention of content. It is assumed that content can be download from computer from various sources as long as it satisfies the compatible formats.
Kindle – Numberous content available from the Amazon Kindle store including book, magazines, blogs, Newspaper, plus content from other sites with compatible formats.

Weight
Kindle weighs less

Capacity
Kindle holds a lot more books in internal memory, but both are equal in expansion capacity.

Power Supply
Hanlin – read for a month at a rate of 300 pages per day on a full charge
Kindle – Read for a week on full charge, no specific per day rate.

Temperature
Hanlin – capable of operating in more extreme temperatures than Kindle

Wireless Fees
Kindle offer wireless service without associated fee while Hanlin offers no wireless service thus no fee.

Supplied Accessories
Hanlin- include more accessories.

Overall
Kindle seems to offer more in lot of areas and may be the better buy.

Update I

Here’s a video that gives a little more detail about the Hanlin V3. Information about this device is pretty much hard to come by…you can’t even find anything on eBay or Amazon (at least not yet) and that’s saying a lot. If you want to buy the device, you have to order it directly from the <a href=”http://www.jinke.com.cn/Compagesql/English/embedpro/index.asp”>Chinese distributor</a>…Personally, I am very skeptical about buying form overseas companies in this manner. I have to be able to track my money to an from the distributor so that if anything goes wrong, I can get a refund.

Anyway I tried to pull out what I deem the most important points from this video and add it to the comparison I had written a while back. Hopefully you can glean enough from it to help make an informed decision about whether or not to buy. If you buy…good luck… tell me how it goes. I will wait until it becomes available on Amazon or eBay. That said, I can only give you a third party review, since I don’t own the device yet.

So how did it fare in comparison to Kindle? Let’s see

<em>Memory Card</em>
Hanlin V3 comes with 1 GB memory card for content storage….<a href=”http://astore.amazon.com/amazonkindle_01-20″>kindle</a&gt; comes with none. If you need a memory card you will have to buy it separately.

<em>Mobipocket Support</em>
Hanline V3 does not support Mobipocket content format so your content access is somewhat limited.. This I think further compounds the content conundrum which I mentioned in an earlier comparison…no specific mention of where to get content.

Kindle, on the other hand, support this format thereby giving you access to a tremendous amount of additional content outside of what Amazon offers.

<em>Battery Power</em>
Hanlin V3 displays approximately 9,000 page with full batter charge…that’s lot of pages. It’s left to be seen if it really does.

kindle must be recharged every other day when wireless is on… Turn the wireless off and you can read for a week or more before recharging. I don’t know what this means in terms of pages. My personal experience tells me that I need to recharge every 4 – 5 hours of reading which amounts to about (never counted)… pages depending on the font I am reading with and the Kind of content I am viewing…photos use more battery power…not to mention the fact that I usually have wireless on. The point is you can never be sure about these battery longevity claims…just read and keep your charger close by regardless of device.

<em>Font Size</em>
Hanlin V3 zooms text to make bigger, larger font is displayed in landscape mode which means you see less content while viewing larger font which account for more page turns.

Kindle offers six levels of font adjustment…no continuous variation of font adjustment here.

<em>PDF Display</em>
Hanlin displays PDF with some difficulty, cannot display every file especially the bigger ones.
Kindle’s PDF file display is still in the germination stage or as Amazon calls it, experimental phase. so not much difference here between the two.

<em>MP3 Music</em>
Both devices plays MP3 music. Hanlin V3 cannot access MP3 music while reading books which means no to background music.
Kindle, on the other hand, allows you to play MP3 music background music while reading.

As we find more information we will keep you updated…

Kindle At Checkout

product-descr-book_v16688111_.jpg This is the email I received from Amazon kindle team in regards to a Kindle I purchased for a friend. Just want to share it with those who are wondering about the details involved with giving Kindle as a gift along with the other options you have at at checkout. For more information you may also see How to give Kindle as a gift. Use this information for what its worth as you try make your decision on whether or not to buy Kindle. I have changed the name of the recipient for the sake of privacy.


From Amazon Kindle Support <cust.service03@amazon.com>
Date 2007/11/26 Thu PM 01:29:52 CST
To “JohnDoe@verizon.net” <JohnDoe@verizon.net>
Subject Welcome to Amazon Kindle

Dear John Doe,

Thank you for your purchase and welcome to Amazon Kindle.

We built Kindle with the goal of creating an exceptional and hassle-free reading experience. As such, we wanted to point out a few details before you get started on Kindle.

Your Kindle is automatically registered to the same Amazon.com account you used to make your purchase. This enables you to shop, purchase, and download books, newspapers, and magazines wirelessly from your Kindle device right out of the box. Your Kindle purchases are made using your existing default 1-Click payment method at Amazon.com. If you wish to change the payment method associated with your Kindle, you can do so by visiting Manage Your Kindle on Amazon.com. The gift recipient can register the device to their amazon.com account right from the settings page on the device.

If you purchased your Kindle as a gift for someone else, you should deregister your Kindle device from your Amazon.com account. You can deregister your Kindle from the Settings page on the device or at Manage Your Kindle on Amazon.com. The gift recipient can register the device to their amazon.com account right from the settings page on the device.

You can start building your library before your Kindle even arrives by shopping for books, newspapers, magazines and more at the kindle store on Amazon.com. Amazon’s unique wireless delivery system, Amazon Whispernet will auto-deliver your purchases directly to your Kindle. Once you receive your Kindle, you can also shop the same great selection directly from your device.

Here’s what you have to look forward to reading on your Kindle:

* More than 90,000 books including New York Times Best Sellers and New Releases for $9.99, unless marked otherwise.
* Top U.S. and International newspapers including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Le Monde, and Frankfurter Allgemeine.
* Top magazines including TIME, Forbes, and Atlantic Monthly – all wirelessly delivered to your Kindle before they hit the newsstands.
* More than 300 top blogs from the worlds of business, technology, sports, entertainment, and politics, including Slashdot, Techdirt, Boing Boing, FOX Sports, Michelle Malkin, and The Huffington Post.

We hope you enjoy reading on Kindle and look forward to hearing about your experience. Send us your feedback at kindle-feedback.

Sincerely,

The Amazon Kindle Team


So there you have it from the “horses mouth” as they say. As you can see the process is quite simple and straight forward. Which is the main reason why numerous people are presently enjoying their Kindle as we speak and is giving some good feedbacks.If you want to know what questions people are asking, check out the Kindle forum here.

The “New” Apple TV

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Back in September 2006, Apple broke the news of its intention to release its new iTV (now Apple TV) to the world in the first quarter of 2007. Its arrival was formally announced in January 2007 at the Macworld Conference & Expo with shipment beginning in March of the same year. But how well did the public received this new product?

To get a feel for this, we first need to take a look at what this device was all about. Apple TV was simply a a wireless router design to stream content from the iTunes Store to your Wide screen TV at the click of a button on a special Apple remote control. The setup required a computer to display the iTunes interface for content download to the Apple TV and later viewing on the Wide Screen. The idea, however, never really caught on because it required too much work to eventually get the content up and running on the big screen.

With that, the device seemed to be on its way to slow but painful death. Steve Jobs – Apple’s CEO, however, never gave up. He felt that he was on to a concept that if properly delivered, would eventually change the way we watch movies in our homes. It was just a matter of figuring out how to get it done so that the public to flock to it. And so, it was time to re-visit the drawing board and re-think the entire concept.

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At Macworld 2008, the announcement came. Apple re-introduced, among other things, the re-birth of Apple TV dubbed Apple TV Take 2 – a revamped approach to the internet-TV concept. But what was the difference between the “new” Apple TV and the “old” one?

According to Jobs, Apple had finally figured out what people wanted: “All of us have tried,” he said. “We’ve all tried to figure out how to get movies over the internet and onto a wide-screen TV and you know what? we’ve all missed. No one has succeeded yet…we’ve tried with Apple TV…designed to be an accessory for iTunes and your computer, that’s not what people wanted. We learned that what people wanted was about Movies, Movies, Movies, and we weren’t delivering that, so we’re back.”

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The big change was the elimination of the “middle-man” computer. Movies from the iTunes store were now delivered directly onto the Flat Screen TV. No more booting up and waiting for the computer to download iTunes content to your Apple TV before you could enjoy it on your Flat Screen TV. That part of the process was gone forever. Now what you had was a process so simple that even a moron could do it. Hook up your Apple TV to you Flat Screen TV, turn on both devices and the iTunes interface appears on-screen. Now all you have to do is choose, download, and enjoy.

But, will it attract the masses? Only time will tell.

But, let’s take it closer home for a minute: I come home, wanting to see a good movie, I turn on my flat screen which is hooked up to my Apple TV and immediately sees a screen which gives me access to a wide variety of movies among other content. I scroll to the movie of choice, click a button to download, and within seconds its up an playing on a huge screen in my living room.

Sounds like a winner to me. And, what are some intangibles? Convenience, theater-like screen, high definition, instantaneous movie access, plus more… What’s the cost? I can rent library titles for $2.99, new releases for $3.99, and HD for $1 extra. I rent, get thirty days to view, once I start watching, I must finish viewing within 24 hours before the movie disappears from my TV screen.

Will it replace movie theaters? I don’t think so, but it’s as close to one as you can get.

And What’s the cost of the Apple TV? It’s now $229 for the 40 GB – up to 50 hrs of video and $329 for 160 GB – up to 200 hrs of video. Is it worth my time? Well, let’s do the math. I spend $229 or $329 for the Apple TV depending on my taste, I already have my Flat Panel TV, and I watch on average 3 movies a week. That’s about $15 dollars per week in HD compared to the $19.99 I spend to buy a movie when it is first released on DVD which I might watch one or two more times. And since I don’t need to own the movies I watch, it works out perfect for me. Over time, I will come out on the plus side with a substantial amount of saving. In that case, it’s a no-brainer for me.

That said, I might as well jump-on in and see what the Apple TV can really do. Will it live up to the hype or will is continue on a path to death that it once trodded? Stay tuned.

That said, it’s time to go and check it out.

More later…

How Long Do You Have To Wait For Your Kindle To Arrive (Updated)?

I purchased a second kindle as a gift for a friend and I gotta tell you, I wish I had purchased it with the first one. At least, I would have gotten it by now. I placed the order on December 15th and I just paid for it today and was told that it will be shipped between January 25th and February 1st and will arrive within 2 days of shipment. That’s a wait of between 43 and 50 days for arrival. That’s almost two months. But… I was patient because I did not want to pay the Ebay price.

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More and more people seems to be taking advantage of this Kindle shortage. They get in line, order more than one Kindle from Amazon, get them all delivered at the same time, and put them up for sale on ebay for a profit – that’s what I called capitalism. I love this country. And you know what, if you have a brain, you can do it too. Who knows, this may be the reason for the shortage, hence the long wait. As soon as they are produced they are sold out.

Right now, Kindle is a hot commodity. And, like I said in previous articles, it has the potential to set the standard for the inevitable adoption of electronic reading devices for the future. Now I know that I am putting myself out there, but with the direction in which technology is going today, I just cannot see the future without a good Ereader in almost every reader’s hand. And who better to present it to the world than Amazon. The company is huge and has developed a reputation for delivering good products around the world. Once they can overcome the DRM hurdles, international impediments, along with other barriers, they should make inroads. It is just a question of how committed they are to doing it.

Sony started out well with their PRS 500 and the latest PRS-505, but I just don’t understand why they did not included the wireless feature. Not everyone want to sit in front of a computer every time they want to download content. I Know, I don’t. And that’s why I am saying that I don’t know how committed they are to providing the alternative Ereader of the future. Don’t get me wrong now, The PRS 505 is a darn good device ( see its comparison with Kindle), but it can be better. Right now it is trailing Kindle in my book simply because it does not allow wireless download from the Sony store.

I thought that with Amazon announcing the arrival of Kindle, Sony would do something to match, at least, the wireless feature, but they haven’t. Oh well, I may be getting ahead of myself. Who knows, they may just have it in the works. We’ll just have to wait and see. Anyway, whomever step up to the plate and define the standard Ereader of the future, I am with them.

That said, if you are planning to order Kindle you can expect a wait of approximately 45 days. I am basing this estimation on my experience. Your wait time may be a little less, as Amazon step up production which I expect them to do as the demand increases. But, you are going to have to exercise a little patience.

If you haven’t gotten yours yet and plan to order just click here and you should be on your way and while you there, go ahead and check out the kindle store to see the New York bestseller prices among others. Now, I don’t know if these prices will increase in the near future, but right now Amazon have a promotion where you can get bestseller for $9.99 if you order it for your Kindle regardless of paper price. And the good thing is, you can order it now and lock in at the low price. You don’t have to wait until your Kindle arrives. Now that’s cool.

And by the way, this is just a thought. How long do you thing it will take before a Chinese company deliver a kindle clone? They are cloning everything else. Now that would make the Ereader market interesting.

Update:.Kindle is now being shipped immediately!