Are they as good as they seem?
I've just bought one recently and am very pleased with it. Don't think I will ever totally drop "real" books but the Kindle is great for travelling etc., and the real reason I bought it is because of my up-coming surgery and rehab, I won't be able to take enough books with me to keep me happy in the evenings for 4 weeks. I've downloaded a bunch of books, quite a lot of them are trilogies so they should keep me occupied whenever I'm not having therapy or exercise sessions.
xine267 wrote (see)
Its official: I love my Kindle! I got an Amazon voucher for Christmas so haven't bankrupted myself (yet).
Careful with Amazon vouchers. The one I got expired within 12 months, plus of course was bought some time before it was given to me, so a month of that had already gone.
Companies are a bit crooked about short expiry periods for vouchers. An item on Moneybox Live on Radio 4 a few months ago said a lot of vouchers only have a life of a year or two before the expiry date. Apparently 6% of vouchers never get spent: a huge windfall for companies like WH Smith, Argos, Amazon. Better to give cash than vouchers, maybe.
An enjoyable book on Kindle: THE MACHINE by DG Jones.
... THE MACHINE now briefly available as a free Kindle book:
Grab it while it's free.
Some stuff is only on the Kindle like "Running Desperado".
Get's my vote, I like my Kindle.
I am thrilled to say that I now have a Kindle - WiFi 3G Touchscreen. Very intuitive, no problems finding my way around the basics. Have got my first book already.
Some earlier posts suggest these things can get damaged quite easily. Disappointed at the cost of covers £25, £30, £50. Adaptor £16. Will probably shop around and see if there are any deals.
Martenkay, try Amazon. I've just seen quite a few Kindle cases on there for around the £7 mark
Thanks Saffy much appreciated. I thought I might try Tesco tomorrow an earlier post said they do Kindle so should have accessories.
Saffy, yes I have found them down the right hand side of the screen. Thanks again.
Also worth a look at Currys/PC World they've got some dirt cheap cases in the sale but it depends on your local store's stock. I got one for a fiver (reduced from £30) a couple of weeks ago.
Your right though, some Tesco stores also have cases, a few again with big discounts.
Had my kindle for 18 months. love it. Read much more prolifically than before and the battery lasts forever.
I love my Kindle. I am now on the last of my downloaded books and about ready to download some more - it has been very valuable for the 4 weeks I have been incarcerated in the hozzie and now in rehab. I shall take it with me on holiday too.
I'm another with love for my kindle. It's really come into it's own when travelling and for reducing stress at lines. I'm more interested in my book than the 10 minute queue at the post office!
THE MACHINE is free again on Kindle. Grab it while it's free.
Don't be put off by the naked males & females shower scene at the beginning. It isn't porn. It's actually a great dystopia.
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I have to compliment Kindle Customer Service. Dad of Jr dropped his bag and his kindle was in it. Whilst the screen itself is not broken, the display is fragmented and unreadable. After googling, I completed their customer service contact form and they called back within the promised 5 minutes. As the kindle is outside of warranty, they are sending me a replacement of the same model for £40 and sending me a packet so that I can return the damaged one. I had researched to see if I could replace the screen myself and they were on ebay but for £50 plus P&P and coming from China so could have been hit by Customs and Excise I rang them today at 10:17am and a new knidle was despatched at 2:02pm. You really can't ask for more than that
I have to compliment Kindle Customer Service. Dad of Jr dropped his bag and his kindle was in it. Whilst the screen itself is not broken, the display is fragmented and unreadable.
After googling, I completed their customer service contact form and they called back within the promised 5 minutes.
As the kindle is outside of warranty, they are sending me a replacement of the same model for £40 and sending me a packet so that I can return the damaged one.
I had researched to see if I could replace the screen myself and they were on ebay but for £50 plus P&P and coming from China so could have been hit by Customs and Excise
I rang them today at 10:17am and a new knidle was despatched at 2:02pm.
You really can't ask for more than that
On Saturday, Dad of Jr broke the replacement kindle that he got in June. I have just got off the wrong to Kindle Support after admitting that the damage was all down to Dad of Jr.
Even though it's what I would consider accidental damage and even though it was replacing a kindle that was outside warranty, Amazon are sending me a free replacement as THIS kindle was still inside warranty
Once again, Kindle Support have exceeded all expectations and I am one very happy bunny
I love my Kindle. I was always one of the 'I like real books, I'll never get one of those things, the feel of a real book can't be beaten'. Then my sister got me one for Christmas. It sat in the box for a year, then I started using it this year after someone sent me a disc full of books and it's fabulous.
Most of my books have gone to the charity shop now (only after they have been added to the Kindle or the wishlist) and, other than baking or craft books, I only buy ebooks now. I have a quick peek at the 99p book of the day every day. I seem to remember that one was £1.29 one day last week though...
I was annoyed that JK Rowling's new book "A Casual Vacancy" was £9 in Tesco but £11.99 on Kindle.
Disgraceful to make the Kindle edition (a stream of electronic text with hardly any delivery costs) more expensive than a hardback copy (printed, bound, boxed, delivered, etc), in my opinion.
Presumably this was done in collusion with the supermarkets because they didn't want to lose a load of sales to Kindle?
Kindle editions must be cheaper. It's absurd that something that only exists in the ether costs more than the paperback or hardback version even when you account for VAT
I agree, but most hardbacks come out on amazon at half price for a short time when they are new they are cheaper to buy on hardback then kindle which is daft!
But quibbles about things like that aside. I love the freedom of the kindle. Almost tempted to get myself a second one the new black one.... But might be naughty and order one of the backlit ones from the usa cannot decide if they are good or not.
Kindle isn't more expensive, the newly released book is cheaper. All about the point of reference. New 'real' books will always be discounted to sell them. I'm pretty sure the publishers will set the price for both the real and digital books.
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