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The Kindle from Amazon

October 23rd, 2008 by Debbie's World of Books

I’m so torn if for Christmas I want to splurge and buy myself a Kindle eBook reader.  A few years ago I said I could not imagine ever reading an eBook just because I like the feel of holding a book in my hand, seeing the books I love sitting on my shelf and just the simple fact that reading on a computer screen gives me a headache.

But in the recent years I’ve been hearing that there have been leaps and bounds of improvement with the eBook reader.  The latest ones that I’ve been hearing positive things about is the Kindle.  I heard it’s very easy on the eyes and in fact a woman sat next to me on the BART with one and I was amazed how clear the text was and it didn’t even really look like you were reading from a computer monitor.  I have read that there are quite a few complaints about the placement of the “back” and “forward” buttons to turn pages and the speed of turning pages makes this irritating.  So that makes me hesitate.  Also the fact that this is a 1.0 product.  I feel like I should at least wait for the 2.0 version so hopefully some of these little kinks are worked out but so far no solid word on when that will be.

I initially started considering this when I was stuck on a 1 hour BART commute home with no book to read because I had finished it on my way to work.  I hate to carry multiple books as a lot of them are not light.  The idea of being able to carry multiple books on this itty, bitty thing is very appealing.

Some of the things I just don’t get how it works is what if your Kindle breaks down?  Does that mean all your books are lost?  Are you able to store the books on your PC?  Can you only buy books from Amazon?  What happens when you run out of space?  Do you have to delete books you paid good money for?  It would be nice if there were some sort of “used books” market.

Decisions, decisions…That’s a lot of money to blow but…so tempting.

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5 Responses

  1. switch11

    hey debbie – i run a kindle blog at http://thekindle.wordpress.com. you can check for your questions there. the ones i can answer are –

    1) for certain types of kindle breakdown issues you get replacements.

    2) your books are in your amazon account + you can get them on the replacement kindle.

    3) all amazon books you buy are available – you can delete them from the kinle for sace and then redownload them for free later.

    4) you can buy books from any vendor who sells mobipocket or .azw format.

    you can lso talk to kindle owners at booksummit.com.

  2. dsuzuki

    Thanks! I’ll check your blog out. My main request would be to able to back up the books on my pc.

  3. Jenn Palmer

    I want one too and was all convinced until I fell in love with my library again. One downside is that books and newspapers (Nytimes and other major papers have kindle versions) aren’t sufficiently cheaper, if at all, than paperbacks at amazon. I also just got an iphone (love it!), which has several cute e-reader apps that take both free books and ones that you purchase. Bottom line is that I think it would be one more gadget to carry that would encourage book-buying over borrowing, but certainly a space-saving device. Let me know if you get one!

  4. dsuzuki

    Don’t get me wrong. I love the library and in fact still have a pile of about 30 books I got at the library book sale that I haven’t touched since I’ve been getting a constant stream of books I requested from the library.

    But I hate having to lug multiple books in my already heavy laptop bag when I could carry this Kindle! Anyway, I saw that Amazon offered a $50 discount because Oprah called it her favorite gadget of the year or something like that. So I have one on order! So excited. It better be good!

  5. Jenn

    Awesome! Let me know how you like it.

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