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The Kindle.

Give me your thoughts, your feelings, your hopes, your fears, your experiences, recommendations or warnings.

Thank you.


Jun. 22nd, 2009 03:21 pm (UTC)
Would comments on the iPhone Kindle app help?
Jun. 22nd, 2009 03:21 pm (UTC)
Not really.
Jun. 22nd, 2009 03:50 pm (UTC)
I've been rocking the Kindle 2 for a few months now. It's really convenient. I never thought an e-reader could improve the process of reading (which I've been doing longer and more often than anything else over the last umpty-ump years), but it's almost at the point where I find a Kindle easier to work with than a real book. I can cradle it in one hand and still turn pages.

None of the features (slow Internet search, text-to-speech) other than the downloading and reading of electronic books are worth it. So don't get too excited about those.
Jun. 22nd, 2009 04:07 pm (UTC)
Last time I was on a plane, the fella sitting next to me had one. I asked him how he felt about it. He mentioned as how he loved it. I inquired if he was a big reader. He mentioned that no, he really wasn't, but he'd been reading a lot more since he had received it as a gift from his wife.

So, there's anecdotal evidence that the Kindle is increasing adult literacy, which I approve of. On the other hand, I'm not sold on the things. I like books. I have a hard time reading documents electronically. Not just because of the eye strain, which I understand is not much of an issue with the Kindle, but because I find electronic documents so... restrictive? I don't know.

I can't flip the pages back and forth. I hate having to scroll, or push a button to get to the next page.

Maybe it's the physical aspects of it. The feel of the paper, the subtle aroma a book can take from its surroundings. The heft and dimensions. I'm not sure.

I can see some clear benefits for the device, especially when traveling, but I'm not sold on them yet.
Jun. 22nd, 2009 05:00 pm (UTC)
I've read a bit off of a Kindle and I have mixed feelings.

Good: I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to use. I figured for sure it'd be hard to see the screen, but it's actually quite nice on the eyes in a variety of light levels. It's easy to move around between points in books, and even between multiple books. And that you can have dozens of books on one device is obviously most of the point.

Bad: The fact that it is indeed a delicate electronic device: it makes a book, a physically unimportant thing, into a physically precious thing. I had it at the beach, but didn't dare bring it outside where sand and salt water could destroy it. I was paranoid about it being broken or stolen. And, it's damn expensive.

Summary. I'd buy a Kindle if it was:
a)under $100 (that's where I value it, anyway, and new ones aren't even close to this), and
b)if I was going to be reading a lot of new books, such that things I want to read would be readily available on it. (I read a lot of old stuff that I do not think is available, but I'm not certain of this, and I won't bother to check until the price is somewhat in my solar system.)
Jun. 22nd, 2009 05:08 pm (UTC)
See, I am basically surgically attached to my iPod and have largely fallen out of love with the idea of owning a big shelf of CDs, but if I somehow lose/break said iPod, I still have a hard drive full of MP3s I still have access to via other means, such as listening through my computer or burning a CD or what-have-you. If I drop my kindle in the toilet or lose it on the bus, where else will I be able to read these downloaded books?
Jun. 22nd, 2009 06:26 pm (UTC)
Don't take it in the shower.
Jun. 22nd, 2009 06:47 pm (UTC)
I am afraid that the Kindle will give me eye cancer.
Jun. 22nd, 2009 07:42 pm (UTC)
It's hella expensive and then you've got to pay for each book. If I didn't have the library and used bookstores, I'd have little access to books.

Beyond this, the high Kindle's DRM factor makes it a bad device, not so much a technical advance as a scheme for creating a near monopoly, making all consumer ownership conditional and getting rid of those pesky free access points.

-Paid Kindle content can't be stored, duplicated, share or read by other devices (save paid and approved applications like the iPhone).

-Unlike mp3s, Kindle tech is exclusive to one company.

-Amazon can and will brick devices for TOS violations. This not only prevents one from acquiring new content from Amazon, but blocks usage of purchased Amazon content.

-Amazon has a system for charging for blog feeds for Kindle which was having security issues.

Frankly, I think the Sony Reader and other more flexible objects have equal possibility. Once electronic ink allows for a durable, thin afforadlbe device which really approximates the print page, perhaps at comic book size, I'll be all over it despite myself.
Jun. 22nd, 2009 08:31 pm (UTC)
My dad, a retired professor, has one and swears by it. For him - though this is lifestyle related and might not apply to you - he reads a LOT and now doesn't have waste so many trips to the library, nor be constrained by what they have available. Though, to be fair, not everything is available on Kindle either.

One unanticipated benefit has been that "fair use" books are free to download. He's spent a lot of his time just donwloading anything with an expired copyright that sounds vaguely interesting. I guess it's a little horizon-expanding that way - sort of like listening to the radio instead of your own CDs.
Jun. 27th, 2009 01:00 am (UTC)
I am ready to rock
Thanks for the Heavy Metal primer on the AV Club. I recently shook off the disinterest in metal that being beaten up daily by metalheads in my youth left me with, and am starting to get into the genre. I'd already owned some of your recommended albums (what freak doesn't own Paranoid already?), but some of the newer stuff is.. uh.. new to me. Pandora is helping me explore thrash and speed metal, but your list has given me a year's worth of albums at least.


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