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The twist in this plot? “Turns out Sony (NYSE: SNE) E-Book Readers sell after all,” WSJ.com notes. Indeed, it’s sold about 300,000 of them a…

imageThe twist in this plot? “Turns out Sony (NYSE: SNE) E-Book Readers sell after all,” WSJ.com notes. Indeed, it’s sold about 300,000 of them and three million e-books worldwide since launching in October 2006. That’s exceeded the gadget-maker’s forecasts, personal mobile unit SVP Steve Haber tells the site. But, for those still anticipating an “iPod of e-books,” it’s still way short of the 1.3 million units the music player sold in it’s first two years.

That said, the iPod didn’t truly take off until more than two years into its life cycle. For now, Sony is playing against only a handful of rivals, Amazon’s net-connected Kindle chief among them, and that’s sold out with an 11- to 13-week order backlog. Though secretive Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) won’t break out the numbers, Forrester Research (via Forbes) reckons 400,000 Kindles have sold since its launch in November 2007, though CNN hedges its bets at “more than a quarter-million units,” a lead attributed to better marketing and more celeb endorsements. Either way, it’s still faring better than Sony’s offering.

Is the internet the differentiator? Haber tells WSJ.com that Kindle’s wireless book downloading is “not quite as important” because time spent at PCs make Sony’s conventional wired sync no chore. But if Kindle’s Whispernet connection, which can download newspapers and blogs not just books, is the ace up Amazon’s sleeve, Sony also plans to launch a device with wireless connectivity, the story says.

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  1. As of the current time (3:56 am EST),refurbished Kindles (http://www.tinyurl.com/RefurbKindle) are back in stock at Amazon and still $329. Dozens have been sold and shipped this week, but they keep rolling in and back out again. They won't last, so order one while you can. If you miss one this morning, be sure to read my post about playing Kindle Lotto:

    http://beesontheknob.blogspot.com/2008/12/kindle-lotto-score-kindle-by-christmas.html

    You too can have a bright shiny Kindle under the tree this year, and without having to pay the exorbitant prices on eBay.

  2. Gift Giveaway: Kindle Reader

    Contest URL: http://blog.gifts.com/giftrap/categories/gadget-gifts/gift-giveaway-kindle-reader

    Deadline: Monday, December 15th at 11:59pm

    Prizes: Kindle Reader

    How to enter: Post A Comment

    How to win: Random Drawing

    Other info:

    Gifts.com is giving away a Kindle! I know that got a lot of you are excited, but I also bet a lot of you may not know what a Kindle is.

    The Kindle is certainly one of the more exciting gadgets to come out in the last few years. The Kindle is an easy-to-use digital reader (brought to you by Amazon) which can store books, magazines, newspapers, or other sources of viewable content (including Word documents and images). What’s cooler is that when purchased, all this content is wirelessly loaded onto Kindle, so no computer, cables or syncing is needed. And because of Kindle’s “electronic-paper” display, the reading experience is much like reading a physical book just without the bulk. At just over 10 ounces and thinner than most paper backs, the Kindle can hold about 200 books!

    A complete Kindle overview here would take a while, but it’s not an understatement to say the Kindle is a game-changing gadget. Will the Kindle have the same impact on the printed word as the iPod has had on music? It may be a bit early to tell, but it’s not a stretch to imagine a world where everyone has a handheld reader that’s a does-it-all gadget for all things read-able. Bottom line: the Kindle is a great gift for tech lovers and bookworms of all ages. In fact, this gadget is so hot it's on backorder until February, but we promise the pay-off is worth the wait.

    Want to win? Post a comment and tell us who the lucky recipient of the Kindle will be (it’s okay if it’s you!) AND what the will be the first book, magazine or newspaper downloaded. Post a comment by 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, December 15. One comment per person, please; multiple comments will be discarded. ONE randomly selected entry will win the Kindle.

  3. Of course….the winner will be me…and cant way to have a version of Moby Dick and the Murakami Haruki's The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle.

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