Hello, slightly random-looking, e-ink-based, wireless, e-book reading device from Amazon.
Amazon wants to sell you a Kindle for $400, then sell you digital books and subscriptions to magazines, newspapers, and blogs [?!] to read on it. The content is delivered via EVDO cellular data network.
So far, there are two dadblogs available to buy: Dadcentric and Dad Gone Mad, plus BabyGadget. They're $0.99/month each, and yes, bloggers get a cut. BabyGadget's not, but the first two are part of the Federated Media ad network; yet plenty of other FM blogs are not available, so it's not entirely clear how or why the 300+ blog on offer were selected.
update: I've heard from a couple of folks now whose blogs are listed, and they say they've never heard a thing from Amazon about syndicating their content, selling subscriptions to their blogs, or sharing revenue in any way. What's up? It was the
Dukes FM. It was the Dukes FM.
BoingBoing Gadgets and Dethroner blogger Joel Johnson [both FM, both included] points out that the Kindle also has a web browser, so you could always any blog you like for free "on Amazon's dime," since there's no connection charge. If anyone pulls up DT on one, please let me know how it looks; I haven't optimized the site layout for fugly little desk phone-looking e-readers.
FINAL UPDATE: After reading Mark Pilgrim's chilling post on the Kindle, I'm removing the link to Amazon below. To whoever bought the things yesterday via the Amazon link below, I hope you return them. It's a devastatingly wrongheaded and potentially dangerous device that must fail. Amazon monitors and logs what and how you read, and they lay a whole new, restrictive layer of usage restrictions on other peoples' content, the kind of things that people like BoingBoing's writers have repeatedly condemned when they weren't partnering and making money from them. It's unbelievable, really. Fortunately, the Kindle seems stupid enough to fail on its own without coordinated boycotting. But still, mark your calendars.
post-final update: Jason tells me he's requested Dadcentric be pulled from the Kindle blogpile. Guess he'll have to shelve whatever plans he had for that $0.09 Amazon check that'd arrive in mid-2008.
Kottke's "underwhelmed," and because it's freakin' evil as well as stupid, you should not buy an Amazon Kindle for any price, much less $399 [amazon via kottke