Story by Alison Flood writing in The Bookseller today:
The Kindle weighs 10.3 ounces and fits in one hand, with full-length, vertical page-turning buttons located on both sides of the device. Users can leave the device's wireless connectivity on and recharge approximately every other day, or turn the wireless off and read for a week or more before recharging. The Kindle fully recharges in two hours. It also allows users to add annotations to text, and automatically bookmarks the last page a customer reads. It has six adjustable font sizes.
Technology website Engadget is already reporting consumer reaction to the device, after reporting live from the "launch event".
One user said: "See I was going to buy this thing until I found out it was $400 and that the books are going to have DRM on them."
Another added: "I think I could get used to reading e-books vs paper books, but certainly not on this device. I don't mind the up-front cost so much as the cost per book. $10 for each book? $10? Really??"
A third said: "The looks and form factor of the device can and will change over time, but the basic idea behind this product is sound. The biggest problem is the whopping $399 price tag."
One summed up earlier user sentiment: "Amazon doesn't make that many mis-steps, but boy this is SO gonna be one of them."