I purchased a Kindle 2 when they first became international, so I thought what better way to start off reading on my new device than an exclusive short story by Stephen King about a Kindle?! This was the first ebook I bought for it.
The story is about a college professor named Wesley Smith who buys a Kindle to "read off the computer" but what arrives is not what he expected - first of all, his Kindle is pink, not white like everyone else's. Also, it provides books and newspapers from many alternative realities.
At first this did seem very much like a long advert for Amazon's e-reader, making me wonder why as I'd already purchased one (and am reading off it) so they don't need to sell it to me. Anyway, as the story goes on and Wesley discovers that beyond reading books by famous authors which were never published (or maybe even written) in our universe, that many historical events are completely different and it can also tell the future. One event in particular will have massive consequence on his own life forever unless he can stop it. The story did pick up a lot in the second half of the novella - so much so that I read this all in one sitting. The ending was a little weak but for a short story, this wasn't such a big issue for me as I hadn't invested much time in reading it.
For the small price this is well worth a purchase but should have been free with the Kindle, I feel. Not King's best but an entertaining read and with some small references to his other work, King fans (like myself) will appreciate this.