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Amazon Announces Kindle -- their ebook reader by (Amazon 19 November 2007 / ) - Product Description: Introducing Kindle™. Three years ago, we set out to design and build an entirely new class of device—a convenient, portable reading device with the ability to wirelessly download books, blogs, magazines, and newspapers. The result is Amazon Kindle.

We designed Kindle to provide an exceptional reading experience. Thanks to electronic paper, a revolutionary new display technology, reading Kindle's screen is as sharp and natural as reading ink on paper—and nothing like the strain and glare of a computer screen. Kindle is also easy on the fingertips. It never becomes hot and is designed for ambidextrous use so both "lefties" and "righties" can read comfortably at any angle for long periods of time.

We wanted Kindle to be completely mobile and simple to use for everyone, so we made it wireless. No PC and no syncing needed. Using the same 3G network as advanced cell phones, we deliver your content using our own wireless delivery system, Amazon Whispernet. Unlike WiFi, you'll never need to locate a hotspot. There are no confusing service plans, yearly contracts, or monthly wireless bills—we take care of the hassles so you can just read.

With Whispernet, you can be anywhere, think of a book, and get it in one minute. Similarly, your content automatically comes to you, wherever you are. Newspaper subscriptions are delivered wirelessly each morning. Most magazines arrive before they hit newsstands. Haven't read the book for tomorrow night's book club? Get it in a minute. Finished your book in the airport? Download the sequel while you board the plane. Whether you're in the mood for something serious or hilarious, lighthearted or studious, Kindle delivers your spontaneous reading choices on demand.

And because we know you can't judge a book by its cover, Kindle lets you download and read the beginning of books for free. This way, you can try it out—if you like it, simply buy and download with 1-Click, right from your Kindle, and continue reading. Want to try a newspaper as well? All newspaper subscriptions start with a risk-free two-week trial.

Kindle's paperback size and expandable memory let you travel light with your library. With the freedom to download what you want, when you want, we hope you'll never again find yourself stuck without a great read.

We're very proud to introduce Amazon Kindle and we hope you like it as much as we do.
- The Amazon Kindle Team

Product Overview (Source: Amazon)

Space and Time Magazine Reopens to Submissions by (Space and Time 14 November 2007 / ) - Piscataway, NJ – November 12th, 2007 – After spending nearly two years as a closed market, Space and Time Magazine is now open – for a limited time -- to submissions of fiction and poetry.

The forty-year-old source of great horror, fantasy, and science fiction is actively seeking content for upcoming issues. So why the long delay? "I inherited a considerable backlog from Gordon Linzner, who was planning to use up all of the material in the 'swan song' Issue 100," explains new owner and Editor-in-chief Hildy Silverman. "When I took over the magazine, Issue 100 was reduced to a double-sized special, thus leaving several stories still unpublished. As of Issue 102, due out in January, 2008, that stockpile will finally be exhausted."

The window for submissions officially opened November 1st, 2007 and will close again on January 31st, 2008. Only submissions made during this time will be considered for publication. Those interested in submitting should visit the Space and Time web site, www.spaceandtimemagazine.com, for full guidelines. (More... (Source: Space and Time)

World Fantasy Award Winner for work in 2006 by (World Fantasy 07 November 2007 / ) - The World Fantasy Convention 2007 was held in Saratoga Springs, NY. The World Fantasy Awards were presented at a banquet held on Sunday afternoon.

Life Achievement

    Betty Ballantine
    Diana Wynne Jones
(Complete List of Winners) (Source: World Fantasy)

Rudy Rucker Paintings and Book Launch Party at Live Worms Gallery by (Tor November 2007 / ) - As part of the launch for his new book, Postsingular Tor Books, in conjunction with Rudy Rucker, are staging a three-day exhibition and sale of his paintings at the Live Worms Gallery in San Francisco.

The show will run November 9 - 11, Friday through Sunday. Stop by anytime on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday to talk to Rudy, who will be manning the gallery himself.

    * Opening night party Nov 9, Friday night, 7 pm - 11 pm.
    * Reading Saturday afternoon 4 pm - 6 pm with guest KAGE BAKER and Rudy Rucker. Hang around and schmooze afterwards; refreshments will be served books will be available from Borderlands Books.
The gallery is at 1345 Grant Avenue (between Green St & Vallejo St).
Approximate hours of opening (including events):
Nov 9, Friday: 2 pm - 11 pm
Nov 10 Sat: 11 am - 8 pm
Nov 11 Sun: 11 am - 4 pm
(Source: Tor)

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