The Kindle Turns 5 Today, And It's Come A Ridiculously Long Way

Today the Kindle turns five and it's come a long, long way in that past half-decade. In case you don't remember, in 2007 the first generation Kindle had an 800x600 screen, 250MB internal memory and was the only model to ever have a microSD slot. And it launched for the low, low price of $US400. Despite the price tag, the device was wildly popular, selling out in the first few hours, and remaining out of stock until April 2008.

Today, you can get a Kindle for as low as $US69, and the flagship is a mere $US119. In addition to evolving into more advanced (and way cheaper) devices, Kindles have almost single-handedly restructured the world of publishing during their five year life-span, for the better or for the worse, depending on who you ask. It kind of makes you wonder where the next five years will take it. Is there even that much to improve on at this point? Holographic e-ink? Motion control? We'll have to wait and see, but in the meantime, happy birthday to a great little gadget. [Slashgear]


    It would be nice if the paperwhite was available in Australia. :(

    Yay! *hugs* Kindle 3

    Have been very pleased with this lil' guy for a long time now, but the potential improvements are obvious: resolution and colour.

    The newest Kindles have "almost XGA" resolution of 758*1024 but this could be better. 960*1280 would be nice. Maybe if the screen could be a half-inch bigger?

    Colour! It's not just that I want comics, diagrams, illustrations and formatting in PDFs to be displayed properly. If I could buy all the Mr. Men and Grug books for my Kindle, I wouldn't because drab greys don't appeal to kids. And I know that LCDs are nice to look at, but I find reading on e-ink so much better and the battery life differences are key.

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