Anyone got one?
I can't comment on the other versions mentioned, but I can vouch for the Kindle being excellent... Highly impressed by it actually..... for all the reasons stated earlier...
TMW, my understanding is that the Kindle books you buy are kept on record at Amazon or wherever, so if you lose them you can re-download for free.
They do seem to have thought it through and I'm increasingly interested, but I do like paper books. Just wish I had enough space to store them all. Which brings me back to thinking about the Kindle.
Good overall choice Flat Foot.The Kindle are also a bit more than just a e-book reader and have functionality which is not documented such as limited fuctionality with google maps.
You can even install a fully fuctional linux enviroment on it
I'm really tempted to get a the Amazon Kindle. I do like to read a lot but hate carrying around books. I'm looking at at Amazon 3G/WIFI as Amazon will pick up the bill for any downloads done via 3G. I like how light they are & the fact that I can carry round as many books as I want without all the weight.
The downside is not all the books I want have a Kindle version & also the cost. The books I'm after seem to average at about £5 whereas I'll normally borrow from the library for free or doesn't cost much to buy online. It's good you can demo the books though - 'try before you buy'.
I have a Kindle app on the iPad but find the it too heavy to read from & also have the app on my iPhone but find it too small to read from for long periods of time.
I've been thinking about a Kindle. I do like proper books, though. I'm undecided.....
I like the idea of samples of books, though.
I think it was Books, etc., that used to do a free book containing a chapter or two of new books coming out. That was a very good way to sell more books, and give readers the chance to see what they'd like that they might not have tried otherwise.
Intermanaut - According to their website:
"Built-in Free 3G connectivity uses the same wireless signals that cell phones use, but there are no monthly fees or commitments—Amazon pays for Kindle’s 3G wireless connectivity"
Doesn't mention anything about needing to be with Vodafone, just says ready to go from taking it out the box.
k8greene wrote (see)
whereas I'll normally borrow from the library for free
UK - I used this guide for the walk-through and this is a good website for the images.
Obviously, any hacking you do will void the warranty, but I am more than happy to guide you through if you are unsure.
Another vote for a kindle from me - best pressie I ever received, Not sure I read anymore than I did but the beauty of it for me is that I still get lost in what I'm reading and forget that I'm looking at a screen.
It feels weird now going back to a normal book, which isn't good when youe day job is a librarian
And the hacking is pretty straight forward.
Intermanaut - Thanks for clearing that up, does now make me re-think the 3G version.
Kev - that's great about e-books from the library. I don't know why I didn't think to check that they did them.
Work gave me a generous Amazon voucher for Xmas so I think I'll spend it on that. Shame I won't have it in time for Xmas though
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