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EON Kindleblog: What devilry is this!?

The writer and visionary Arthur C. Clarke once said something to the effect that any suitably advanced technology from our own would be indistinguishable from magic. I recently found this to be the case with the Kindle, which using something called Whispernet is able to magically copy approved blog writings from the internet to the screen of the popular portable word-display unit. This process is apparently so far in advance of what other competing devices are capable of that in order to recoup development costs, a price has to be levied for the service.

In an effort to explore the possibilities of this marvel of communications technology I have arranged for posts from this very blog to be “whispered” to anyone eager to read them on their Kindles. Unfortunately, beyond a 14-day “free” trial, it will require a subscription through Amazon to do so. For a penny shy of two English pounds per calendar month you can read the exact same words you can read here, only in glorious black and grey flick-o-vision.

In short and all sarcasm aside, if you ever wanted to read our blog posts on your Kindle, now you can. And if there are any Kindle lovers out there thinking I’m hating on their beloved machines, I’m not. Mrs. Zap got me one for Christmas and I genuinely love it. I’m now able to read all the EVE Chronicles without getting a headache. You can do the same for writings of this blog, though if it has been giving you headaches up until now, it’s probably not your monitor that’s been at fault.

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10 thoughts on “EON Kindleblog: What devilry is this!?

  1. Do you know how to read them on iPad?

    Posted by Sebastian | January 12, 2011, 10:41 am
  2. Good question. I shall ask my iPad-owning superior to check it out.

    That said, the all-conquering iPad must have an app that retrofits blogs as simple text. A decent RSS feeder, perhaps?

    Posted by Zapatero | January 12, 2011, 10:57 am
  3. Dude you rock! Does it do the EVE blog pack as well?

    Posted by Bucky O'Hair | January 12, 2011, 12:51 pm
  4. No, it would be a bit cheeky to include the blog pack as we would effectively be skimming money – albeit very little – from the work of others. Maybe CK can look into it and set something up.

    Posted by Zapatero | January 12, 2011, 12:55 pm
  5. Didn’t think about that, well, I passed it on to CK and to a couple of others who manage EVE blog OPMLs.

    Posted by Bucky O'Hair | January 12, 2011, 1:44 pm
  6. …would love to see it happen. I’d certainly subscribe.

    Posted by Zapatero | January 12, 2011, 1:47 pm
  7. I wouldnt mind doing this with my own blog, but as it can be revenue generating (even by Im sure a paltry amount) does CCP hold the big law stick over me? I guess they do :(

    C.

    Posted by cailais | January 12, 2011, 1:58 pm
  8. Strictly speaking, the same content is available for free. What people are paying for is the delivery method. Whether that distinction is enough is another question. I think it would be churlish for CCP to take issue, especially as people make small amounts from ads anyway (adsense, et al) but they might have a case to complain.

    It’s worth looking into.

    Posted by Zapatero | January 12, 2011, 2:03 pm
  9. Sebastian wrote: “Do you know how to read them on iPad?”

    I think I have an answer for you. You can download an app on the apple store called “Kindle for iPad” which allows you to read Kindle content on the iPad. I don’t know if it will apply to this, but it is worth looking into. :)

    I have a Kindle and was happy to see this, untill I followed the link to Amazon and got this message: “This title is not available for customers from your location in:
    Africa”

    I are sad panda. :(

    Oh well, one more thing I cannot get because I live here.

    Posted by IceQ | February 3, 2011, 10:39 pm

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