Amazon Kindle: Win a Kindle from Concentrated Technology

What's a Kindle? That was my response when I received an email from my co-author J. Peter Bruzzese. However, upon reading about the device offered by Amazon for $359, I was intrigued. Kindle is a wireless reading device with a high-resolution screen. What is amazing is at first glance it seems to be an LCD or back-lit screen. Neither is the case, Kindle actually uses tiny bubbles that are filled with black and "off" white ink. The bubbles are electronically charged and can be turned and displayed on either side of the screen on command. This creates a flat, crisp display that reflects light. Once the display is set to the desired position the tiny bubbles stay put. This means that the display is actually not using any power while you are reading a page.

Now I know that we talk about things that will make "A Better Windows World". The truth is for all the technology in our possesion, reading is still the primary way we take in knowledge, just as you are reading this blog now. So, it seems appropriate to blog about the Kindle, and with one of the largest booksellers in the world behind it, it seems to stand the Kindle is a best of breed product. Another great feature is the ability to use the wireless connection to download books on demand.

As I was looking at this device, I was trying to remember which Sci-Fi movie reminded me of the Kindle. It's gotten to the point where it seems just about everything we saw in the movies has now been designed and is being released for the consumer. I don't know about anyone else, but if they come out with a transporter it will be a long, long time before you get me in that puppy.

Now for someone who reads a lot I know that $359 is a steep expense, but books on Kindle are discounted 50- 60% or more. Besides there is an alternative to shelling out all that money.

A couple of gurus in the world of technical writing and speaking (Don Jones and Greg Shields) have decided to join forces under Concentrated Technology. Moreover, they are giving away an Amazon Kindle to those that respond to their blog. You can see that the first entry is a huge explanation on why the Kindle is such a great device. Check it out to get a more in-depth look at the Kindle and join for a chance to win.

Now Technical books are not a great fit for Kindle so there are not many titles yet. However, one of my favorite Technical books is available Tricks of the Vista Masters. Why is it my favorite, check out pages 9 & 129 (those are my Tricks) I know it's a bit of shameless self-promotion.

I must admit the idea makes me want to get one for myself. Perhaps, I'll try to win one unless one of my readers beats me to it.

Did I mention you could subscribe to and download blogs onto your Kindle, then you could read your favorite blogger even on the run. Oh, yes, if you can remember which movie had the Kindle like device give me a shout?  I can't seem to remember myself and I know it's going to keep me awake tonight.

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