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Pixel Qi demonstrates hybrid reflective/backlit display

While Pixel Qi on their website explicitly states that their displays are not based on eInk technology and that they are not affiliated with eInk Corporation this piece of news is highly related to eInk, because potentially we may have a eInk competitor here.

Pixel Qi Hybrid Display

Pixel Qi Hybrid Display

It is a display which according to Pixel Qi is extremely cheap to build from standard LCD display components and in fact it is for the most part an LCD display. With one exception – it can be switched to reflective mode. In this mode it consumes much less power than ordinary LCD display would and becomes monochrome but it can potentially display 3x as many pixels.

According to Pixel Qi consumers will see these displays in notebooks and netbooks by the end of 2009 and in “other devices” sometime in 2010. It looks like it’s easy to integrate this technology into existing designs since according to nerdword, Pixel Qi engineers rigged couple of retail-purchased laptops with their new display with seemingly little effort.

While this technology is mainly geared towards netbooks, notebooks and cellphones to make them usable in the sunlight (another interesting piece of news being Pixel Qi planning to supply displays for $75 laptops), it’s quite possible that much cheaper products price along with acceptable power consumption (though still much higher than eInk which is based on electrophoretic technology) and ongoing developments in battery technology may produce eBook reader that will run for several days on one charge, be usable in sunlight and cost less than Amazon Kindle.

Douglas Adams, Good Kindle Books at a Glance #10

Douglas Noel Adams is best known for the science fiction comedy Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Originally radio broadcast series, they later inspired “a trilogy in five parts” as well as TV series, a movie and stage productions. Some of these are available in Kindle edition.

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is the first book of the “trilogy”. Published in 1979,  it was soon number one on the Sunday Times bestseller list, and in five years its 1,000,000th copy was sold. The novel is written in the form of an encyclopedia that helps Arthur Dent and his alien friend, Ford Prefect, in their travel through the universe. “Required reading for science fiction fans, this book (and its follow-ups) is also sure to please fans of Monty Python, Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series, and British sitcoms.”

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe was published in 1980 as the second book of the series. It continues the funny adventures of  Arthur, Ford and their strange pal Zaphod Beeblebrox in entertaining and unusual style. Adams himself thought this novel to be the best of the five.

Unlike the previous two books, Life, the Universe and Everything was not  adapted from radio series, but was originally written as a novel.  In the US edition the book was censored, you can find the differences here. “Join Arthur Dent, earthling, “jerk”, kneebiter and time-traveler; sexy space cadet Trillian; mad alien Ford Prefect; unflappable Slartibartfast; two-headed, three-armed ex-head Honcho of the Universe Zaphod Beeblebrox… and learn to fly.”

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish (published in 1984) is the fourth book in the series; the title has since become a humorous “goodbye phrase” among science fiction fans. Arthur returns to the Earth that has been replaced by Dolphins in the “Save the Humans” campaign, and falls in love with a girl named Frenchurch. “Was the earth really demolished? Why did all the dolphins disappear? What is God’s final message to His creatures? Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect, and the new voivoid gang are off (by commercial airline) on a wacked-out quest to answer these truly unimportant questions.” While the previous novels showed Adams’ rather negative attitude towards computers, he definitely changed his mind at the time of writing this one, which is reflected in the plot. By the way, he claimed to have bought two of the first three Macintosh available in the UK.

Mostly Harmless (published in 1992) is “The fifth book in the increasingly inaccurately named Hitchhikers Trilogy”, as it reads on the cover.  The plot of the previous books continues to evolve, with Infinidim Enterprises trying to destroy Earth in every possible dimension.

Douglas Adams on Kindle

Douglas Adams on Kindle

Sprint Earnings Per Kindle User – Kindle Economics #1.1

According to nielsen wire, average Kindle user earns Sprint $2/month. Given 12 cents/MB price this yeilds 16.6MB on average downloaded by Kindle user per month. This includes book purchases, periodicals, blogs and web-browsing. It’s hard to speculate as to how much each of these activities contributes to the total number… My guess would be that web-browsing and blogs are negligeble at this point. As to books vs. periodicals, I’d guess that average Kindle user subscribes to 1 periodical and the rest are book purchases.

Another thing to consider are software updates. In little over 3 months since Kindle 2 was released there were 3 software updates totaling 12 megabytes in size. Cost to Amazon – $1.44. This is 24% of $6 wireless charges for this time period. Each update contains several packages – one for each previous version of the software. This makes it possible for users to skip updates and jump from version 2.0 to 2.0.3 directly, but it also bloats future updates. If these numbers are right updates will become a serious problem for Amazon in the future. We’ll see…

Ok, I lied…

…about not going to tweet myself. Tweeting fever has got the better of me and by the power of Twitter Tools WordPress plugin you’ll see a tweet every time I post something here. But this is as far as it goes… Honestly :)

Now you can follow BlogKindle.com :)

Kindle DX Release Date Contest

 

Amazon Kindle DX Leather Cover

Amazon Kindle DX Leather Cover

I’ve decided to have another date guessing contest here on BlogKindle.com. This time it’s about guessing the release date of Amazon Kindle DX.

The rules are quite simple: pick a date and send an email to [email protected] with the date in the subject line in the following format: MM/DD/YYYY. So 4th of July 2009 would correspond to 07/04/2009. Please be careful about the date format as I use automated means for selecting winners. This means that if you get the date right but write it wrong you can not win.

I’ll randomly choose a winner from all the people who correctly guess Kindle DX release date or among those who guess the closest.

Rather than setting a specific deadline for submissions I’ll set the following rule: winners will only be chosen from entries submitted at least 7 days before the date is officially announced. When is it going to happen? I don’t know :) But I believe it’s more fun this way. So technically it’s possible that the date would be announced 5 minutes after this post gets published and no entries would be eligible. Oh, well…

The prize would be Amazon Kindle DX Leather Cover that would go nicely with your Amazon Kindle DX once it’s released.

I’ll never use your email addresses for any other purpose than contacting the winner. People who participated in the previous contest can testify to that being true – except for the lucky winner, none ever heard from me.

If you like the idea of this contest you can help by letting other people know about it and this blog.

Kindle Air, Anyone?

Could it be that I’m not the only one speculating about desktop version of Amazon Kindle?..

Kindle Air

Kindle Air

Taken from www.kindleair.com. According to registrar data this interesting domain just popped into existence on May 20th, 2009.

Plastic Logic eReader Update From All Things D

Yesterday Plastic Logic demoed their upcoming eReader on All Things D conference.

Here’s a summary of features that were announced so far:

  • OS: Windows CE
  • PC OS Supported: Windows XP/Vista and Mac OS
  • Size: 8.5″ x 11″ x 0.25″
  • Weight: less than 16 oz
  • Screen Size: ~10″ touchscreen active eInk
  • Connectivity: USB, 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth
  • Battery life: “days, not hours”
  • Formats supported: PDF, DOC(X), XLS(X), PPT(X), TEXT, RTF, HTML, JPEG, PNG, BMP, ePub, eReader Format
  • DRM: undisclosed at the moment
  • Release date: 2010 Q1
  • Price: undisclosed at the moment

Some highlights from the video:

  • Device is geared towards business users rather than eBook readers.
  • Documents are organized into folders called binders.
  • Documents can be scribbled on, annotated and highlighted using touch screen. Nice feature is partial screen refresh.

Verdict: at the moment prospects of this device seem mediocre at best. There are no strong indicators that would show it will be successful as eBook reader. Mainly because nothing is yet known about book store which was crucial to Kindle’s success. As for business documents while this device is good for reading and annotating, I doubt that it will provide good experience for editing and creating new documents. This would be important for business users. While battery life that is “days, not hours” is important for business people on the go, there are notebooks available today that can go 6-8 hours on a single charge and run full-featured version of Microsoft Office. 6-8 hours is more than enough for most users. By the time Plastic Logic will release their product battery technology would have improved and this advantage would diminish even more.

Plastic Logic eReader

Plastic Logic eReader

Overall it seems that many companies were inspired by success of Kindle and Sony eReader and decided to jump into what seems to be a promising market. But you can’t expect to succeed just because market is great and growing fast and you offer something that’s different from competitors.

Herbert George Wells, Good Kindle Books at a Glance #9

Herbert George Wells, better known as H.G.Wells, is by right referred as “The Father of Science Fiction”, as he has greatly influenced much literature after him, especially popularizing such conceptions as “time travel” and “alien invasion”. Here are some books that are available on Amazon Kindle

The Time Machine, now a classic of science fiction genre, was first serialized in the New Review from 1894 to 1895. It brings up the idea that time is a fourth space dimension, and thus people and things can travel back and forth in a proper device, the “time machine”. The time traveler is brought 800,000 years into the future, to witness the sad evolution of humans. “In enduring, electrifying detail, he[H.G.Wells] takes us to dimensions of time and space that have haunted our dreams for centuries — and shows us ourselves as we really are.”

The Island of Doctor Moreau is another bestseller by H.G.Wells; it was written in 1896 when the issue of animal vivisection led to fiery debates in English society, and has inspired three movie adaptations since then. “A shipwreck in the South Seas, a palm-tree paradise where a mad doctor conducts vile experiments, animals that become human and then “beastly” in ways they never were before–it’s the stuff of high adventure.”

The War of the Worlds, a classic alien invasion fiction, was first published as a serial in Pearson’s Magazine in 1897 and was a quick success among both critics and fans. The novel is written as a journalistic report of the Martians’ attack on Earth, so readers can imagine they are reading a newspaper with the summary of dreadful events that took place in Victorian England. “No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man’s and yet as mortal as his own…”

H.G. Wells On Kindle

H.G. Wells On Kindle

See Your Notes and Highlights Online

http://kindle.amazon.com

http://kindle.amazon.com

If you’ve made notes or highlights in your Kindle books, you can now see them online at http://kindle.amazon.com/

At the moment the service if quite limited. You can see your notes and highlights but can’t edit or share or even email them as I’ve hoped but this is definitely step in the right direction and I hope more will follow…

This was one of the issues I’ve submitted feedback to Amazon in the past and it looks like I wasn’t the only one. So now I’m going to take some time to write them once more and thank them for this feature and hopefully it’ll get more traction… I encourage you to do the same.

Twitter On Kindle

Since everyone is tweeting nowadays, I’ve decided to check how well does this service work in Kindle‘s Basic Web Browser. It turns out to be quite usable. I’ve created a profile using my PC and opened http://twitter.com on Kindle. Both mobile and full versions render correctly in both basic and advanced modes. Advanced mode feels sluggish. However as you can see it’s entirely possible to tweet from Kindle on the go. For faster updates I would recommend using http://m.twitter.com/ with Basic Mode.

Twitter On Kindle

Twitter On Kindle

Although I’ve created the account – don’t expect me to tweet much. I’d rather spend my time blogging here.

BlogKindle.com subscription is now $0.99/month

For one reason or another, Amazon has knocked down subscription price for BlogKindle.com to 0.99/month from $1.99. Same thing has recently happened to iReaderReview.com. Either it’s some global policy change or blogs are evaluated on a regular basis and both blogs fell into the same pricing bucket. Even paying 12 cents per megabyte, Amazon would still make some profit since my blog would generate only 1 MB of compressed content per month at best.

Wireless Data Costs – Kindle Economics #1

Recently MediaShift blog mentioned some interesting numbers related to Kindle wireless data pricing:

> Avg. file size = 1.2MB
> Bandwidth cost = 12 cents MB
> Selling price = $13.99 month
> Monthly bandwidth cost = $4.32

I tried really hard to track down the source of this information but all I could find was indirect hearsay statement confirming it:

According to a reliable source in the know, The New Yorker’s Kindle split is divided 33% New Yorker, 33% Amazon, and 33% wireless carrier.

At first 12 cents / MB may seem a little steep given that most mobile companies nowadays offer 5GB wireless broadband plans for $60/month (1.2 cent / MB). However bandwidth economics are a bit more complex. Sprint already has a 3G network and costs of operating it are fixed whether it’s utilized as 1% or 100% capacity. Therefore it’s in the best interest of the carrier to sell all of the bandwidth even if some of it is sold at a huge discount. Most individual users would use only a fraction of these 5GB and will subsidize users who use it all. With wholesale customers as Amazon there is no subsidies and Sprint would charge highest price Amazon would be willing to pay.

Assuming 12 cents/MB is correct here’s what we get:

  • Average Kindle book is 0.7..2MB – Sprint gets paid 10..25 cents per download. Download doesn’t mean sale as customers can buy once and download multiple times.
  • Average Kindle book sample – 0.2..0.6MB – it costs Amazon 2..7 pennies every time you download a book sample. This is comparable to click price in pay-per-click advertising and given that customers “target” themselves, conversion rate should be very high
  • WSJ subscription – numbers are very similar to ones in MediaShift example – Amazon pays 4…5 USD per month for delivering the content.
  • Personal document conversion – you pay Amazon 15 cents per megabyte, Amazon pays Sprint 12 cents. Consider that resulting document same size or smaller than then original because of data compression and you get a sustainable revenue model for Amazon even in the unlikely case of bandwidth price going up.
  • Web browsing – free for users, same 12 cents per MB to Amazon. But how many customers really use it? I don’t. Whenever I need to browse the web on the go I turn to either iPhone or netbook if WiFi hotspot is nearby.

In 2002 1 megabyte of wireless data used to cost more than a dollar. If this trend continues, wireless data costs will stop being a significant factor in Kindle economics 3-4 years down the road.

However with current prices it’s quite possible that Amazon may get unhappy about Savory hack that allows users to download large PDF files and convert them on the fly directly on Kindle.

New Look And Feel, Now For iPhone Too

Thanks to WPTouch WordPress theme and plugin, BlogKindle.com now renders nicely on iPhones, iPod Touches and Android phones

BlogKindle.com on iPhone

BlogKindle.com on iPhone

If you want full version of the website – there is a switch at the very bottom of the page that would let you do just that.

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Frank Herbert, Good Kindle Books at a Glance #8

Frank Herbert, the author of epic Dune, influenced science fiction no less than the “Big Three” (Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein and Arthur Clarke), mentioned in the previous posts. Most notable of his works are available now in Kindle edition, too.

It’s hard to believe that Herbert couldn’t find a publisher for Dune at first. Eventually, the manuscript was accepted by a minor publishing house in Philadelphia and the book was soon a tremendous success with critics. It took the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1965, a year later it shared the Hugo Award with ...And Call Me Conrad by Roger Zelazny. Though not a bestseller at the beginning, now Dune is  highly popular among science fiction fans. It “…tells the sweeping tale of a desert planet called Arrakis, the focus of an intricate power struggle in a byzantine interstellar empire. Arrakis is the sole source of Melange, the “spice of spices.” Melange is necessary for interstellar travel and grants psychic powers and longevity, so whoever controls it wields great influence.”

Dune Messiah followed the original novel in 1969; twelve years after the events in Dune, Paul Atreides is a Emperor of the Known Universe. “Worshipped as a religious icon by the fanatical Fremens, Paul faces the enmity of the political houses he displaced when he assumed the throne — and a conspiracy conducted within his own sphere of influence.”

Children of Dune is third in the series; in 1977 it was nominated for Hugo Awards for Best Novel. Paul’s children Leto and Ghanima, possessing supernatural abilities of prescient vision, survive despite numerous attemps to kill them. Unlike his father, who preferred to escape into the desert, Leto makes a hard decision to transform into a hybrid of a human and sandworm to gain immortality and keep control of the Universe. “At stake are the precious ecology and ethos of Dune itself, with terrible consequences for the scattered planets of the Imperium.”

Frank Herbert On Kindle

Frank Herbert On Kindle

Amazon sues Discovery Communications Back

Roughly two months after Amazon was sued by Discovery Communications for patent infringement related to Kindle Amazon is suing Discovery Communications back also for patent infringement. In this case patents in question are related to “search engine and recommendataion technology” used on Discovery’s e-commerce website.

My guess is that legally both comanies are in the wrong but not because they are criminal but because current US patent system is not appropriate for modern intellectual property. Things like double-click get patented left and right. For the most part it’s done to protect against patent predators. So when somebody sues you over a bougus patent you are likely to find some other patent to sue them back for. Usually it ends up with undisclosed out-of-court settlement.

Most likely this will be the case here are well. We’ll see.

Original story can be found at Wall Street Journal.

New look and feel

Unless this is your first visit to BlogKindle.com, you probably noticed that website looks quite different. I was planning it for quite some time and finally did it. I’m looking for your honest opinion. Did I make BlogKindle better or worse. Please vote! Below is the screenshot of how it used to look before…

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iPhone Kindle Application Updated

Today Amazon has released 1.1 update for the iPhone Kindle Application. There are several new features and they are all good:

  • Landscape reading is now supported. All you need to do is tilt your iPhone. If you don’t want orientation to change automatically – just tap the lock icon in the corner and autorotate will be off.
Kindle iPhone Landscape Reading

Kindle iPhone Landscape Reading

  • 3 different color schemes are now supported to make reading on iPhone’s back-lit screen a bit easier on the eyes: original black-on-white, white-on-black and sepia that looks like an old book
Kindle For iPhone Color Schemes

Kindle For iPhone Color Schemes

  • Images can now be zoomed and panned using iPhone’s multi-touch interface.
Kindle For iPhone Image Zoom

Kindle For iPhone Image Zoom

  • Amazon has launched iPhone-optimized version of Kindle Store and integrated it into the app so now journey from Kindle for iPhone to Amazon.com and back again is comfortable and streamlined. It starts with pressing “Get Books” button in application home screen and ends back in the application with the book already downloaded. The only problem I noticed is that buttons on the website were very slow to respond to my taps. Could be just quirks of my particular iPhone or Internet connection.
iPhone Kindle Store

iPhone Kindle Store

It looks like Amazon is taking eBooks on iPhone market quite seriously. They are also trying to lock in as many customers as possible while there are still relatively few eBook readers on the market.

If you already have the app installed – you just need to update it via the app store, if you don’t – you can install it there for Free.

Of course same application would also run on iPod Touch.

BlogKindle.com now available on Kindle Store

BlogKindle.com is now available as subscription and can be wirelessly delivered directly to your Kindle along with 4,400+ other blogs currently in the blog section of Kindle Store. Since Amazon recently simplified the process of self-publishing blogs on Kindle Store the amount of blogs skyrocketed from 1,400 to 4,400 in just a few days.

Amazon itself decides what the subscription price is going to be. Publishers have no control over it other than pulling their blog from the store completely. Currently BlogKindle.com is valued at $1.99/month.

I don’t believe that in my case 30% commission will make me a fortune. I mostly did it to get extra exposure for the blog. Kindle Marketplace seems to be a very logical place to have Kindle related blog. Of course the blog will still be available as it is now so you can read it in any browser or RSS reader of your choice.

Enjoy and stay tuned!

Arthur C. Clarke, Good Kindle Books at a Glance #7

Arthur C. Clarke, one of the “Big Three” along with Robert A. Heinlein and Isaac Asimov, is most famous for his work 2001: A Space Odyssey. Based on the author’s short stories, mostly The Sentinel,  the novel was completed in 1968, concurrently with  Stanley Kubrick’s direction of the movie version. In 1991 the film was considered “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the United States Library of Congress and preserved in the National Film Registry.

Available on Amazon Kindle, Moonwatcher’s Memoir: A Diary of 2001: A Space Odyssey by Dan Richter gives an insider’s view of shooting “The Dawn of Man” sequence, with interesting details about costumes, make-up,choreography and cinematography. “Filled with illustrations and memorabilia from the making of 2001, this book will fascinate film aficionados, Kubrick devotees, and science fiction fans alike.”

The Fountains of Paradise (1979) is another popular novel by Arthur Clarke; it got the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1979 and the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1980. In the book Clarke brings up a totally new idea of a space elevator that would connect the Earth with a space station, thus “combining exquisitely daring blueprints of future worlds with perceptive observations of our own.

The City and the Stars (1956) is a rewrite on Clarke’s first novella, Against the Fall of Night. The author revised the original version to improve individual scenes and add details to the plot.The 10-billion-year-old metropolis of Diaspar is humanity’s last home. Alone among immortals, the only man born in 10 million years desperately wants to find what lies beyond the City. His quest will uncover the destiny of a people…and a galaxy.”

Arthur C. Clarke Kindle

Amazon Kindling Made Of Wood, Holds 120 Words

Couldn’t resist posting this picture of wooden Kindle. Folks at Incredible Stuff I Made with some help from Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories created it. Enjoy!

Amazon Kindling Made Of Wood

Amazon Kindling Made Of Wood

Until May 20th, 2009 you can get one on eBay. And put it to some good use… Here is what the seller has to say about it:

Kindling: The 6″ Wireless Reading Device (Latest Generation)
Say Hello to the Kindling, the incredible palm-sized wireless reading device.
Slim: Just 1/4th of an inch, thinner than most quesadillas.
Lightweight: At 4 ounces, lighter than a typical Zippo.
Wireless: Start reading anytime, anywhere; no monthly fees, service plans, or hunting for Wi-Fi hotspots
Incredible Display: Reads like real paper; now boasts 2 shades of gray for clear text
Uses no batteries or electricity; observe it for days without recharging.
No need to shut it off during air travel
Storage: Holds 900 bytes of information (about 120 words)
Made of plywood, a material often featured in Extreme Makeover Home Edition
Complete lack of functional buttons.
Also makes a handy cutting board.

Burning Amazon Kindling

Kindle Book Count – March & April 2009

I’ve been counting books in Kindle Store on a daily basis and now the time to share results:

  • When I first started counting on the 2nd of March 2009 there were 242,488 books in the Kindle Store.
  • As of the 12th of May 2009 there are 281,986. 39,498 books in 71 days.
  • So on an average day 556 new books are added to the vast collection already available to Kindle owners.
  • If the pace remains constant there will be 411,606 books in the Kindle Store by the end of the year.
  • Target of 300,000 books is estimated to be hit on the 13th of July June, 2009
  • Target of 400,000 books is estimated to be hit on the 10th of December, 2009

Lets wait and see how accurate these predictions will be. So far as you can see from the chart below the pace has been quite constant

Kindle Book Count May 2009

If you are interested in what kind of books are these take a look at the next chart (click to zoom in)

Kindle  Book Types May 2009

If you add up the numbers you’ll notice that the sum is more than 281k. This is because there usually one book belongs to more than one category.

I’ll make a habit of posting these statistics every month.

Kindle Infinite Reboot When Updating

I’ve received several messages from people who try to install an update or a hack (for example Unicode Font Hack) and Kindle enters infinite install update-fail-reboot cycle. Some believe that the device is bricked. I also saw people posting on forums about similar problems. Good news is that if it happened to your device chances are it’s not bricked. All you need to do is put your device into Recovery Mode by holding “Home” button when the device boots up. Once in recovery mode, connect it to your PC via USB cable and remove the update_*.bin file that fails to install from the Kindle drive, unplug the USB cable and then press “R” to reboot the Kindle. It should boot normally. Once it boots you can make another attempt and installing the same update. Most likely you will not have the same problem.

It’s unclear what causes this problem. I saw it happening with hacks as well with official Amazon updates. Deleting and copying the same update will fix it. I can guess that there is some bug in Kindle USB disk related software and sometimes update file is not stored correctly which causes update unpacker to fail. Good way to test this theory would be to make a copy of the faulty update file from the Kindle drive when in recovery mode and compare it to the original. I’ll test it if I get a chance.

Isaac Asimov, Good Kindle Books at a Glance #6

If you like science fiction, such name as Isaac Asimov is most probably familiar to you.

Foundation series is the most famous work by Asimov; it was the winner of the Hugo Award for “Best All-Time Series” in 1966. For decades it was known as Foundation Trilogy, consisting of Foundation, Foundation and Empire and Second Foundation volumes. “One of the great masterworks of science fiction, the Foundation novels of Isaac Asimov are unsurpassed for their unique blend of nonstop action, daring ideas, and extensive world-building. The story of our future begins with the history of Foundation and its greatest psychohistorian: Hari Seldon.”

Foundation’s Edge is a sequel to the original series written by Asimov many years later, in 1982. The book was welcomed by both fans and critics; it won Hugo Award for “Best Novel” in 1983. “At last, the costly and bitter war between the two Foundations had come to an end. The scientists of the First Foundation had proved victorious; and now they retum to Hari Seldon’s long-established plan to build a new Empire… “ Another sequel, Foundation and Earth, was published in 1986; chronologically, it’s the last in the Foundation series.

Prelude to Foundation (1988) and Forward the Foundation(1993) are prequels to Foundation Series. Though  not as popular as the original trilogy, they still may be interesting to staunch Isaac Asimov’s fans.

I, Robot is a collection of short stories first  pulished  in Gnome Press in 1950. They all share the same theme of interaction between humans and robots; the famous Three Laws of Robotics are mentioned in the story Runaround. “Here are stories of robots gone mad, mind-reading robots, robots with a sense of humor, robot politicians, and robots who secretly run the world, all told with Asimov’s trademark dramatic blend of science fact and science fiction. “

Isaac Asimov Kindle

Kindle DX, now with 9.7″ screen

kindle dx

Remember me speculating about 9.7″ screen in Kindle 3? Well, the only difference is that it’s called Kindle DX!

Today Amazon announced availability of Kindle DX: Amazon’s 9.7″ Wireless Reading Device. It will start shipping sometime this summer and is available for pre-order now. As I’ll definitely would like to write a hands-on review of it I’m preordering one right now…

2 major differences in Kindle DX compared to Kindle 2 are: 9.7″ 16 shades of gray eInk screen that runs at 1200×824 resolution and native PDF support. Other notable new features include iPhone-like auto-rotate and  flash-memory upgraded to 3.3 gigabytes.

Kindle DX is actually much anticipated “Kindle textbook edition”. According to Wall Street Jounal Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland along with 5 other universities will start piloting Kindle DX as a universal textbook. With 4 major textbook publishers (Addison Wiley, Prentice Hall, Person and Longman) on-board long with several smaller ones it’s expected that Kindle DX will have 60% of textbooks available when it ships. Larger screen would also be a bonus to people who are used to reading regular newspapers.

Here are all features and specifications of Kindle DX that I could dig up so far:

  • Size: 10.4″ x 7.2″ x 0.38″ (Kindle 2: 8″ x 5.3″ x 0.36″)
  • Display: 16 shades of gray eInk 9.7″ 1200×824 pixels (Kindle 2: 6″ 800×600)
  • Weight: 18.9oz (Kindle 2: 10.2oz)
  • Storage: 3.3GB (Kindle 2: 1.4GB)
  • Battery life: 4 days with 3G modem on, 2 weeks with modem off (really it’s limited just by the number of page turns). This is pretty much the same as Kindle 2
  • Connectivity: 3G wireless modem, USB 2.0 port and 3.5mm audio jack