Discuss: New Kindle

July 30, 2010 at 06:11:38
Specs: Windows 7, 1.9 GHz / 3836 MB
Hi all,

This week's poll question is about the newly announced Wifi-only Kindle available for $139. Discuss here if you think this will be a hit, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.

Thanks!
Justin


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#1
July 30, 2010 at 10:10:43
The wife and I already own Kindles and have for a while. I'd definitely pay $139 considering we paid almost twice that when we got ours.

All I can say is, if you read as much as she and I do, it's definitely a worthwhile purchase. I've spent so much money over the years rebuying copies of my favorites (which I read often) like Lord of the Rings. Now, I'll never purchase it again. And, I only paid around $5 for the electronic version which is about 1/4 what I paid for the last paperback copy at the used book store. I suspect over the last 30 years, I've bought at least 6 copies of LOTR. You know how it is, they break and pages fall out, I lent a couple out that never made it back home......etc etc etc.

The books are saved on the Kindle site and we've backed up copies of our book purchases on our PC's so we can never lose them and even if the darn reader breaks or gets stolen, we keep the books and never have to rebuy them.

I love that I can sit out in the sun on my deck smoking a cigar and sipping iced tea while reading my Kindle. You can't do that with the LCD screen iPad's as anybody who's ever tried to run their laptop or look at their cell phone outside knows.

All in all, if you're a bookaholic like me and you're looking at getting a reader, I highly recommend the Kindle.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#2
July 31, 2010 at 00:54:28
I use a laptop I have 29 bucks invested in for ebooks. The display on that old clunker is perfectly visible in direct sunlight, it's waterproof, and doesn't break if I drop it.

That old laptop isn't as handy as a Kindle but I don't mind the trade off. My friends who own a Kindle think I'm nuts; they're probably right.

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#3
July 31, 2010 at 05:33:13
That old laptop isn't as handy as a Kindle but I don't mind the trade off. My friends who own a Kindle think I'm nuts; they're probably right.

I wouldn't say nuts, I'd say "thrifty"

LOL

I'm just surprised you're able to see your laptop's monitor in direct sunlight. I've never seen an LCD anything that was visible in sunlight.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#4
July 31, 2010 at 12:33:22
The old Itronix XC-6000 - 6250 series were built for just that. The monochrome screens are perfect in direct sunlight and color displays are easy to view. On the + side it has a glow in the dark keyboard too :-). Other drawback is the 300Mhz processor and 256Mb memory; doesn't work very well with apps like Microsoft Reader. HTML, text, or Acrobat Reader formats work just fine.

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#5
July 31, 2010 at 15:24:03
I will buy a Kindle when it will accept SD or micro-SD cards and be able to read PDFs on the full 10" screen. I don't need wireless or other fancy features. This should cost 75-100$, not more.. most people have huge personal collections of pdf books or articles and just need to read them on a go.

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#6
August 1, 2010 at 01:23:58
I guess I am way behind. I have never read not to mention purchased an E book. I still like my paperbacks.

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#7
August 2, 2010 at 06:06:40
geo10029

You said, "most people have huge personal collections of pdf books or articles and just need to read them on a go."

A "huge" collection of .pdf files? Sorry, I'm not buying that. I've been into computing for 15+ years. So has my wife. So have many of the IT people I work with. None of them have small collections of .pdf's......much less huge ones. Besides, if I'm not mistaken, you can read a .pdf on the newer (less expensive) kindle.


hardrocker

As I said in my original post, I've spent a lot of money rebuying books because paperbacks wear out and fall apart. With an ebook, I won't ever have to spend money on the same book again.

Also, "real" books take up room The wife and I have several hundred hardbacks/paperbacks in our collection and that's less than 25% of the total number of books we had once upon a time. We just didn't have room for them. We kept our fav's and traded the rest in for cash at used book stores. Now I only have one wall covered in shelves and books and, I'm not tripping on box after box of books.

Each to their own of course. But if like me, you have lots of books and are tired of rebuying favorites, are running out of room for them, or are sick of trying to find any one book in a stack of big (heavy) boxes full of books........well, you might want to take a look at an ebook.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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