The Future of Newspapers is in Your Hands

Or at least it could be for $359. That’s how much the Kindle, from costs.

On the market just shy of one year, the Kindle, and products like it, allow readers to download books, news articles and blogs. A book download costs $9.99. The display on the device is like the page of a book or newspaper, and according to the ads, looks pretty easy-to-read, even for old eyes like mine. Smaller than many paperbacks, the device weighs just over 10 ounces.

This isn’t an ad for Kindle. I just think it’s interesting how quickly products like this, that were predicted as the future of reading just a few short years ago by my estimation, are now a reality.

Best of all, here’s something you can actually bring into the bathroom with you. Can’t wrap a fish in it, however, and if you try to smack the dog with it they might call the ASPCA. Or else the thing would break and you’d be out $359 … a pretty expensive house-training device.

Monday 7:20 a.m.: By the way, here’s a list of the 28 newspaper Web sites you can get – for now – on Kindle, mostly heavy hitters like The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and other major metropolitan papers. There are also foreign publications, like Le Monde.

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