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Open source and the Kindle

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| This week I tried downloading Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey from Project
| Gutenberg. Because the Kindle easily can read .txt, .pdf (i.e., PDF can be
| converted into a supported format), and other file formats, it's easy to get
| free content like Northanger Abbey into the Kindle.



A reverse engineer finds Kindle's hidden features

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| Getting a real Linux command line took more work. By looking at the file
| system, Skochinsky found a root password of "Fiona"--but also found that
| password had been changed before shipping. *


Mobipocket books on Kindle

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| We've known for some time already that Amazon's AZW files are actually Mobi
| files, but Amazon didn't share Kindle's Mobi PID which would allow one to buy
| encrypted Mobi books for Kindle.
| Well, I've discovered the algorithm used to generate the PID and was able to
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| use it on Fictionwise, but there was another catch. AZW files have a flag set
| in the DRM info which is not present in books bought from other vendors.
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| After fixing that, I could read the book on Kindle.
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The Cult of Kindle

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| I’d not given Amazon’s Kindle ebook reader much chance of succeeding given
| the stratospheric price tag combined with DRM, but then I started reading the *
| customer reviews for it and just realized that the Kindle has already amassed
| quite a considerable cult following, and this could be crucial to its
| success. *
| [...]
| The DRM issue also bothers me. *Well, not the DRM so much but the feeling
| that if this service did tank, you’d end up with a $400 paperweight and no
| access to the books you bought. *


Kindle, Eee PC top Amazon.com 'most wanted' list

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| Ironically, perhaps, it was the N810 that was the only meachine ahead of the
| Eee PC in Amazon.com's list of best-selling notebooks. Even though the N810
| isn't a notebook, in the true, computery sense of the word. *


Kindle sold out

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| There is no telling if this is a consequence of consumer demand exceeding
| Amazon's forecasts as to how many people would want this thing, or if Amazon
| is taking a page out of Nintendo's book and creating a little product
| scarcity to drum up business. All I know is I got mine in the mail today, and
| I'm already in love. * *
| Flop? I think not.

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