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Old July 27 2009, 04:28 AM   #1
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Amazon Kindle anyone?

I've been giving some serious thought to picking up a Kindle from Amazon. I travel for work quite a bit and it would be nice to bring along several books in a convenient format instead of hauling physical books around. I order most of my books from Amazon now anyway and I figure that I'll probably break even in about 18 - 20 months.

Does anyone have one? Thoughts?
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Old July 27 2009, 04:55 AM   #2
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Careful, if you get a Kindle...

http://www.betanews.com/article/Bezo...lem/1248388364

Looks like Amazon has some pretty dangerous abilities there...personally, I'm going to stick with paper books after a thing like that.
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Old July 27 2009, 05:11 AM   #3
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Re: Amazon Kindle anyone?

I didn't realize that Amazon had a memory hole.
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Old July 27 2009, 06:28 AM   #4
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I've had one for a month. Just love it. Great for travel.
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Old July 27 2009, 06:43 AM   #5
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I suppose the PADD had to start somewhere, but it's too limited and overpriced for my tastes.
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Old July 27 2009, 02:13 PM   #6
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Re: Amazon Kindle anyone?

My dad got me an EeePC for my birthday, and I must say it works pretty well doubling as an e-book reader. There is an option on its graphic control panel to rotate the screen, so I rotate it 270deg, then hold the netbook on its side, and it's like holding a book.

And the netbooks cost a lot less (depending on the brand you get) and are more than just an e-reader.

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Old July 27 2009, 03:43 PM   #7
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I prefer old-fashioned books.

Thanks anyway.
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Old July 27 2009, 03:44 PM   #8
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I love my Kindle. The only drawback I've found is that I want to load mine up with all of my 'old friend' books and not all of them are available yet.

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Old July 27 2009, 03:48 PM   #9
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I'll pass, thanks. I like my books to be books.
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Old July 27 2009, 03:51 PM   #10
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Nerys Ghemor wrote: View Post
Careful, if you get a Kindle...

http://www.betanews.com/article/Bezo...lem/1248388364

Looks like Amazon has some pretty dangerous abilities there...personally, I'm going to stick with paper books after a thing like that.
Actually, Amazon recently apologized very publically for that, and gutted that functionality. The owner of the company was -not- pleased, since it hurt their reputation.
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Old July 27 2009, 03:52 PM   #11
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I like the Kindle. But before I buy one, I'd like to know whether Apple is coming out with a rival product (tablet, netbook or whatever).
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Old July 27 2009, 04:52 PM   #12
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I don't understand why someone would pay $300 for a device to read a book... and then have to buy the books anyway. Is one paperback novel really that hard to carry around? And when you finish that one, carry the next one. I don't get it.
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Old July 27 2009, 05:01 PM   #13
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Recently I was on a vacation and I fogot to bring any books or my DS and I was bored out of my skull at nights so I ended up buying the Classics (or whatever it's called) app on my Iphone. Bascially it had a limited number of "classic" literature titles like Huckleberry Finn pre-loaded and you got them all for one price. I wasn't sure how I would like reading a book in that format, but it actually worked out very well.

After and experience, I've found myself looking more at the Kindle but the price of not just the Kindle but the books themselves has pretty much turned me away. Plus I'd probably forget to pack it anyway when I travelled.
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Old July 27 2009, 05:22 PM   #14
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The Kindle is large, compared to an iPod or iPhone. I have dyslexia and have been listening to books on iPod for years; the Kindle would be pretty clunky compared to iPod. I did check into it, and the speech they have on it doesn't sound as good as Apple's either.
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Old July 27 2009, 05:31 PM   #15
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Re: Amazon Kindle anyone?

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I don't understand why someone would pay $300 for a device to read a book... and then have to buy the books anyway. Is one paperback novel really that hard to carry around? And when you finish that one, carry the next one. I don't get it.
The cost of the books are deeply discounted. Most books appear to be around $9.99 in e-book format, compared to $20 + for a new release, so there is a big savings there. Like I said, at the rate that I go through books, I'll probably break even in 18 months or so and the rest would be savings.

One paperback isn't hard to carry around, but typically I'll bring 2 - 3 books on a trip, sometimes hardbacks. When I travel I usually don't check bags either, so a carry on, plus my briefcase/computer bag, and 2-3 books add up.
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