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Oprah’s Life-Changing Gadget Revealed





Whether you’re a fan of Oprah or not, you might want to check out Friday’s episode.  Tomorrow Oprah will reveal to the masses her favorite gadget.  She describes this gadget in this promo video as “life changing,” “the most amazing thing,” and “the wave of the future.” Here are a few guesses what her favorite gadget is:

  • An Intel Atom powered Netbook
  • The Amazon Kindle eBook Reader
  • A Tablet PC

Regardless of our guesses, the folks at believe that the Amazon Kindle is definitely Oprah’s favorite gadget.  They provide several bits of evidence and picture analysis to support their claim.  The Kindle Blog promises to follow Google Trends to see how Oprah’s promotion of the device increases web traffic.  Whatever this life-changing, mystery device is, viewers will have the opportunity to purchase it on Amazon after Friday’s show.

To learn more about the Kindle, check out Rob’s hands-on shortcut videos.

Photo credit: John Morton (flickr cc)



  1. wickedpheonix

    10/23/2008 at 7:54 pm

    I think you’re overestimating the majority of Oprah’s audience – I think we’re looking at something more widely adapted like the iPod.

  2. abhi at kindle blog

    10/23/2008 at 8:42 pm

    thanks for the mention – there is now an Amazon letter that says Oprah will be talking to Bezos (courtesy, and a picture with Oprah holding the Kindle at Financial Times – don’t know how they got that image.

    it being the kindle is almost 100% confirmed.

  3. John in Norway

    10/24/2008 at 4:35 am

    Oh my GOD! I’m going to kill myself!

    I have to leave the room when that woman comes on the tv (it’s on 4 days a week here plus repeats and my wife likes to watch it) but now you’ve mentioned her on this site it must be the end of all things sane!

  4. Todd

    10/24/2008 at 7:09 am

    Given all the press and hype Oprah’s book club gets, the Kindle is kind of a given as her “life changing” product.

  5. wickedpheonix

    10/24/2008 at 9:32 am

    Guess I was wrong, it’s pretty much been confirmed as the Kindle from her own site:

    Not that I’m really surprised mind you because of the whole Oprah’s book club thing, but still.

  6. Vyk

    10/24/2008 at 11:56 pm

    No, I don’t read books as much as Oprah and her audience (although I do enjoy a good book now and again).
    I’m sure I’m not among it’s target demographic either.


    I think most people would agree with me when I say this device is WAY too expensive.
    More than that, I think most people who keep up even a little bit with technology will agree with me when I say it is WAY too expensive for what it can do.

    Yes, it is incredibly convenient for anyone who just want to read, but for that price, they can get a netbook. Okay there aren’t as many books available but they can still read magazine articles, newspapers and MUCH MUCH more.
    I don’t know if they are/will be striving to be the iPod for reading but at that price, I don’t think it will change many lives.

  7. BBusyBookworm

    10/25/2008 at 8:36 am


    The comparison of the price to the netbook is faulty for a couple of reasons.

    First, the eInk screen is incredible, and much less stressful on the eyes the a backlit LCD screen. It is also very readable outdoors, in bright daylight unlike LCD’s, even daylight readable LCD’s.

    The battery life will last for a week of standard usage on a single charge unlike a netbook where you are lucky to bet a couple of hours.

    And while you can do a lot more on your netbook, it a generalist device as compared to the Reader which is a specialist, and very good at its core function.

    Basicly, its a completely different device, aimed at anew market. Comparing it to a netbook is an apples to oranges comparison.

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