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Re: Kindle e-Book service

I happily read quite a few books on my Palm T3 and T|X.  For comparison 
the Kindle weighs 10.3oz (299g) whereas my Palm T|X weighs 5.25oz(149g).
Size: Kindle 7.5"x5.3"x0.7". Palm T|X 3.08"x4.76"x0.61". The Kindle 
seems only to do text display. The Palm handheld is multifunctional 
(video, audio) and I have some useful accessories for it (e.g. a GPS 
unit, an interface device for a beamer-video projector, Bluetooth modem, 
WiFi access point, keyboard).  The T|X has no mobile phone 
functionnality and has not even a minute keyboard incorporated into the 

It would be nice to see a Kindle to see the quality of the display.  It 
is certainly a very interesting device.  I'm a bit suspicious of:

> No monthly wireless bills, service plans, or commitments—we take care of the wireless delivery so you can simply click, buy, and read.

> Includes free wireless access to the planet's most exhaustive and up-to-date encyclopedia—Wikipedia.org.

   There are no monthly bills so how are the downloads financed?  If it 
is in the purchase price of the book, how many times can one download it 
free of (extra) charge? (Mobibook is illimited). If there is an 
intrinsic charge, I would prefer to download through the broadband link 
at home, for example).

   If Wikipedia is free, it makes one fear that for other stuff one has 
to pay.

> Email your Word documents and pictures (.JPG, .GIF, .BMP, .PNG) to Kindle for easy on-the-go viewing.

   Is that included in the price?

> Long battery life. Leave wireless on and recharge approximately every other day. Turn wireless off and read for a week or more before recharging. Fully recharges in 2 hours.

   A weak point of the Palm, unlike my Sony Ericsson mobile phone is 
that the batteries can not be replaced.  However the ones on the T|X 
have survived very well unlike the ones on my daughter's laptop (or even 
the screen of the same laptop).

> Lighter and thinner than a typical paperback;

   That reminds me of the disgusting limerick which starts:
      A devout young girl named Sue,

Brian, thanks for posting this information,

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