Kindles ahoy!

TechCrunch reports that Amazon has shipped 240,000 Kindles to date. That, according to their math, brings the gross Kindle income (devices plus associated digital reading materials) to more than $100 million.

To me, this is interesting because the Kindle is so ugly. It screams “prototype!” Which means that once another company, with a better design sense, gets hold of this new model of digital dissemination of reading material, e-reading is going to really, really take off. And once this becomes an affordable handheld, priced around a hundred bucks, with integrated web browsing, GSI, etc. etc.? Stand back.

Reading is changing, there’s no way around it.

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