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Old 04-16-2011, 08:05 PM   #41
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I just saw this on amazon . Kindle with Special Offers, Wi-Fi, Graphite, 6" Display with New E Ink Pearl Technology
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You have to deal with sponsored screensavers though. For some reason, even though I can deal with that sort of thing when I'm on the internet, the thought of seeing advertising when I'm reading a book is very unappealing.

Good deal for those who don't mind though.
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Hey T-Al -- it works. Now I can be sure to take my library books on vacation
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Hey T-Al -- it works. Now I can be sure to take my library books on vacation
Good! It's a little messy with a number of steps to get things installed, but once you're done with that it's easy.
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Old 04-17-2011, 07:08 PM   #45
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I had 1st generation Kindle and loved it. I replaced it with an iPad last year and continue to read Kindle offerings as well as Audible books, magazines, and even this forum.

I'd like a tablet that also reads the ebooks using a sophisticated voice technology. We'll see what comes out next year. Apple? Droid? Who knows?
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I have a Kindle 3 with 3G. I love the Kindle for reading - it's very easy on the eyes. I also think it is more comfortable to hold than either a paperback book or hardcover - I find myself reading more now, for longer periods at a time.

The lack of backlight is what makes it easier on the eyes, but also means you need a clip-on light to read in a dark room (or buy the expensive cover with the built-in light), which adds to the weight of the device, and throws it off balance, making it less comfortable to hold.

I also have an iPod touch that I have loaded the Kindle app on, and sometimes load the same book to have a back-lit device to read on. But I find that my eyes burn after reading on the iPod for an hour or so.

I really like the feature of being able to position on a word and get a definition - but that is much easier to do on the iPod than on the Kindle - for the iPod, you can just touch the screen, but on the Kindle, you have to repeatedly click the 5-way controller to position on the word.

I agree with another poster's comment that books with illustrations do not view well on the Kindle - There is no capability to magnify the picture or table.


The web-browser feature in the Kindle is slow, and annoying to use. Although you can magnify a section of a web-page to make it more readable, it seems you have to make that adjustment each time you change to another page. I have found it OK for reading or even sending emails in a pinch, though.

I might try T-Al's links to be able to load library ebooks.
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Old 04-18-2011, 06:36 PM   #47
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Last month, my son deployed for the second time to Afghanistan and brought along with him a Kindle with backlight capability, loaded with lots of books, including a number of classics downloaded free, and he purchased many others. During breaks between firefights, COIN operations and nation building exercises, he reads a lot. (A junior officer in combat doesn't have the same opportunities to engage in the normal banter and bonding that occurs with enlisted men, so reading takes up a lot of his downtime.)

My son swears by the Kindle's durability and functionality in the Sand Box. It's been a great find for him. It also frees up a lot of space for us when we send care packages to him.
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I bought a Kindle at Christmas for my parents to share and also for my mother-in-law. I know that my parents (retired) are getting ALOT of use from it --- There are soooo many free offerings that they have probably a couple hundred on the kindle now and paid for only a few. My Dad uses the "text-to-speech" feature about 100% of the time and loves it! Mom, requires little sleep and stays up lots of the night reading. Was THE perfect gift for them ---

I also got one for myself and have not used it as much although I think it is important to go ahead and at least download the free kindle for PC app so you can take advantage of free offerings (see link) that interest you because someday I WILL have more time and be able to read more and will have a lovely library to choose from -- My current plan is to resell my kindle on Ebay and I should get about 130 to put towards a IPAD-2 which I can get Kindle app on anyways -- also selling my 3 year old netbook which should glean $100 towards the IPAD2 and finally I sold my PS3 and games last week (that got little use) and pocketed $300 -- SO I should be able to have close to enought to get the IPAD2 which I know is super sweet cause I bought one for my wife last month when it hit the apple store!

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For those of you who haven't gotten the Kindle because you can't use it for library books, Amazon just announced yesterday that they will start allowing the readers to work with library books later this year.

This might actually convince me to get a Kindle. Almost everything I read is from the library and I go through a lot of books, so it would get expensive if I had to purchase them for the Kindle. Either way, I will probably wait until this is actually implemented and I can see if my library participates and how good the selection is.
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I heard yesterday that Kindle will soon be working with most libraries now.
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For those of you who haven't gotten the Kindle because you can't use it for library books, Amazon just announced yesterday that they will start allowing the readers to work with library books later this year.

This might actually convince me to get a Kindle. Almost everything I read is from the library and I go through a lot of books, so it would get expensive if I had to purchase them for the Kindle. Either way, I will probably wait until this is actually implemented and I can see if my library participates and how good the selection is.
This is good news for those of us who prefer to take advantage of our tax dollars for electronic media. OverDrive is the iPad app which works very well for library ePubs but not as well as the Kindle app. It doesn't have dictionary lookup, for example. It would be terrific if Audible makes a similar announcement.

You might want to check out the current ePub selections at your library. There is sometimes a virtual line for titles but I like what I can get.
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A couple other thoughts on the Kindle. I have an early model, I do find web browsing to be slow and painful. In in desperate situation you could probably use it to read a few emails without going nuts.

One thing I have experienced the hard way is the screens break easily. I dropped my at airport a couple of months ago and busted it. The same fall would probably not have hurt a cellphone, netbook, or iPod. Fortunately it was under warranty and called up Amazon on Tuesday night and by Thursday it was delivered to my mother house.

Then a month or so after getting home, my cat knocked the Kindle of my nightstand and it fell 39 inches to a laminate floor and destroyed the screen. Once again Amazon customer service couldn't have been nicer and sent me a replacement two days latter. I did notice that first time they paid the postage for returning the old one, but this one I'll have to pay to return it.

My only other complaint with reading on a Kindle is reading books with lots of graphs and illustrations can be frustrating. You can zoom a chart, but I notice that even with zoom, that many of the charts on Berstein's book The Birth of Plenty is difficult to read. The good news is the process of reading a book on your PC is seamless.
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It would have been nicer if publishers could decide on one ebook format that all ereaders would support. But apparently humans are not very good at things like that -- we have not two or three, but at least 28 ebook formats so far. Not as bad as image file formats (hundreds).
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I'm glad so many enjoy the Kindle. That means more paperback books at yards sales. Some day I may go digital, but I still like to fold the page back to mark my spot. Nothing like reading a well worn book too. I like the idea of reading a book that has the wear and tear of having been read and enjoyed by others. But hey, if I ever see a Kindle with a library full of books on it at a yard sale...I might just get it.
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but I still like to fold the page back to mark my spot. Nothing like reading a well worn book too. I like the idea of reading a book that has the wear and tear of having been read and enjoyed by others. But hey, if I ever see a Kindle with a library full of books on it at a yard sale...I might just get it.
I have also always been a book person and I still read a lot from the library but when I traveled there would be a trail of books behind me and now I just load up my Nook and go .
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I'm glad so many enjoy the Kindle. That means more paperback books at yards sales.
I don't see the math there. Kindle owners are not buying copies of books they already have and selling off the paperbacks. They are buying books they don't have and never buying paper. But I suspect you will have a plentiful supply of paperbacks for quite some time in any event.
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I don't see the math there. Kindle owners are not buying copies of books they already have and selling off the paperbacks. They are buying books they don't have and never buying paper. But I suspect you will have a plentiful supply of paperbacks for quite some time in any event.
I meant less competition from buyers.
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