About Kindle

The Amazon Kindle is a series of e-book readers produced by Amazon Kindle enable users to shop for, download, browse, and read e-books, newspapers, magazines, blogs, and other digital media via wireless networking. The hardware platform, developed by subsidiary Lab126, began as a single device and now comprises a range of devices most using an E Ink electronic paper display capable of rendering 16 tones to simulate reading on paper while minimizing power consumption. The Kindle name was devised by branding consultant Michael Cronan who was asked by Lab 126 to name the product. Cronan and partner Karin Hibma suggested Kindle, meaning to light a fire. They felt this was an apt metaphor for reading and intellectual excitement. Kindle hardware has evolved from the original Kindle introduced in 2007 and a Kindle DX line (with a larger screen) introduced in 2009.

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