Conan O’Brien Imagines the $5 Kindle (Video)

Amazon is well known for selling its e-readers and tablets at a steep discount. The lowest priced e-reader sets you back $69, and the cheapest color tablet runs you $199. But even though Amazon has ruled out a free Kindle, and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos remains cagey about whether the company breaks even on the devices, there’s already demand for a $5 version. Conan O’Brien imagines what that would be like: Meet the bulky, yet very versatile, “Wendell.”

(Warning: 30-second pre-roll before the clip.)


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