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Kindle v. Paperbacks released the first generation of their new e-book reading device in late 2007 with the device selling out in hours.

The Kindle uses electronic paper screen technology (E Ink) to reduce eye fatigue from flicker and glare. Unlike traditional screens, paper screens are not backlit providing an experience closer to true ink and paper. The device reads Kindle formatted books and periodicals which can be downloaded from anywhere in the US without a computer over the Sprint EVDO network without any continuing fee for the wireless access.

Documents formatted otherwise can be emailed to Amazon and converted to Kindle-formatting and then sent directly to the device for $0.10. Access to a handful of internet resources like is included in the purchase price and web browsing is available at a cost. At just about $400, the Kindle certainly costs more than the average best-seller, but is not out of line with the competition. The cost to download the average e-book from the Kindle store is less than a physical copy (approx. $9.99 for a best-seller).

The cost-effectiveness of Kindle will vary substantially among users depending on their needs. It seems safe to assume that Kindle is already proving itself cost-effective to This sort of device has significant appeal to numerous consumers; the reader, the techie, the green consumer etc. Amazon is also offering a self-publishing service for authors (or would-be authors) out there with their new digital text platform. This allows authors to self-publish, set their own prices, and receive 35% of the revenues. With Amazon’s more than considerable resources, the Kindle will most likely not only take the lion’s share of e-book consumers out there, it will create a sustainable market for this technology.

Image Tricks

Image Tricks is a free photo editing software for Mac OS X. Created by BeLight Software, this application has many good features, though it also has the limitations that can be expected from freeware.

This application has many of the features one would expect from photo editing software, such as cropping, resizing and recoloring. However, the application truly shines in its various effects. For example, if you want to make only the edges apparent simply select that effect and click. It allows the user to select the type of effect or distortion from a menu on the left side of the window, and the effects are organized under various headers like distortion and tile.

In addition to these effects, Image Tricks offers several masks, including one in the shape of an Apple logo for Mac fans. In terms of support, the BeLight Software website offers great and easy to understand help for any problems that you might have. If your question isn’t answered in the FAQ section or forum, the tech support can be emailed and they do respond quickly. In addition to their many other programs, regular updates for Image Tricks are released on the website. For a simple and free photo editing application Image Tricks offers many great features and BeLight has good support for their product.