amazon kindle (in Off-topic)
December 27 2008 12:00 AM EST
As I know from the past that there are quite a few avid readers here I thought I'd share a bit of info.
I recently bought the Kindle (Amazon's eReader) and for folks who like to read...it's WONDERFUL.
They're still a bit pricey but it will (slowly maybe) end up paying for its self through the price difference of buying "real" books and the eBooks. It's a nice light unit that really is, size wise, somewhere between a paperback and a hardcover book (average sizes).
I've already read 3 books, going through the 4th, and once you start reading you (or I at least) forget that you're not staring at paper and ink. I'd be happy to share more info if anyone is interested. Just had a minute and thought I'd throw it out there... the review so to speak... not my kindle. :D
December 27 2008 12:27 AM EST
I'd love to get one. But I can't! Yay!
Unless of course they have changed their policy of limiting profits by not selling International people.
December 27 2008 1:48 AM EST
There are other eReaders besides the Kindle. I'm considering getting the iRex Digital Reader 1000S, especially for its screen size...
December 27 2008 2:37 AM EST
Do other readers support the Kindle books, though? The cheapness of those is the main draw for me, and I don't know any other decent ebook stores.
December 27 2008 2:45 AM EST
No idea. Not that important to me, as most books I intend to read on it are already free (http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/
Even after you purchase one of these reader things, wouldn't you still need to purchase the books? How could it end up paying for itself? Well, unless the digital versions are cheaper for some reason.
December 27 2008 4:37 AM EST
I would imagine the e-versions are cheaper for several reasons:
1) no manufacturing (printing, binding etc)
2) no shipping costs
3) no storage costs and sales location overhead...
the e-version dang well better be cheaper!
December 27 2008 6:10 AM EST
Yeah. If you read as much as I like to, and live in a country like mine, where paperback novels cost $20 USD at minimum, paying $1-6 USD for an ebook seems somewhat nicer.
i lost my house and therefore much of my personal library in 2002 in a flood. since that time i have gone digital with as many belongings as i can and am looking at the kindle as a way of doing so with my library.
December 27 2008 6:09 PM EST
As of now, Amazon is boasting something like 90% of the New York Times best seller list. New books that are in hardcover only are running 10 bucks US (9.99 usually but whatever) while even recent additions to paperback can fall as low as 4 or 5 dollars. Obviously the bigger savings is in the newer books... 10 dollars vs 25 to 35. But for me, throw in the added bonus of not having to trek to the bookstore and deal with the angry masses...I'm soo comfortable in my solitude.
One of the things that drew me to the kindle was the fact that amazon is already a monster in the book arena. Another plus it has and THE plus as far as CNET is concerned is their WhisperNet (which might have a bit to do with why Daz can't have one yet). It's their free wireless delivery system. Just a minute or two and you really do have the new book you just purchased on the train or where ever. Using SD cards you can store every book you want to purchase and in quite a forsight, Amazon automatically tracks and backs up your purchase history making it possible to re attain any downloads you've already purchased (for free I'm pretty sure). IMHO the size is perfect, highly portable and still large enough to easily read with font size very easily adjustable through 6 sizes (IIRC) with just a push of a button and a scroll of the wheel.
If I sound like a commercial it's just because when I find something I really like, and I really am a picky consumer, I like letting people know.
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