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December 1st, 2007
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Finally an eBook reader I can really get behind: Amazon Kindle

It's lightweight, easy to use, connected, readable in any light where you can read a regular book.  I'd be happier if it were a little bit more affordable, but hopefully that will come over time.  I suspect without proof that the life-time data subscription has to be a big chunk of the cost, and possibly the cots for what I believe is the underlying patent, originally owned by MIT.  I read about this patent and research several years ago, and believed it to be the most likely path forward for readable ebooks.  

Go see for yourself:  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000FI73MA/?tag=httpwwwpain03-20

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Date:December 1st, 2007 04:20 pm (UTC)
So you like this one? I'm sort of looking for one as a splurge for me pre-baby, because it will mean that I may be able to read at night with the baby without turning on a light if I don't want to, etc. I hate reading on my Palm-too small.

I've handled the Sony one-Borders had it on display when I was there last week, and it was fine, but Cayne has a strong objection to Sony and I haven't seen particularly good reviews of it elsewhere either, so I was thinking about the Kindle.
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Date:December 1st, 2007 05:19 pm (UTC)

No backlight, I think...

It's an Electrophoretic display. These work by reflected light.
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Date:December 1st, 2007 10:00 pm (UTC)
I really like the look of the Kindle in some ways. However, there are just as many that I don't.

For one thing, I don't really care about it being connected. I'm around computers 66% of my time or more. It's not going to bother me to connect a USB cable.
I'm very disappointed by the (lack of) format support or installable software.
I'm very very disappointed by them wanting me to pay more than a comparable open reader for a system that locks me into their storefront.

I am in personal technolust with the Bookeen Cybook 3.
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Date:December 2nd, 2007 12:17 am (UTC)

I don't know...

I'd pay $50 more for connected vs. not, especially because I suspect the market will drive them to support more openness.

That said, it's not worth $350 to me, let alone $400...Until the overall price point drops, I'll stick to paper.
Date:December 1st, 2007 11:14 pm (UTC)
I don't care for it atall. The DRM makes media portability impossible, it's way too pricey, it's single function (I've got enough gadgets, thanks), and I don't care for Amazon atall anyway. And they didn't make enough of them; they're sold out.

*shrug* El Jefe screwed up by the numbers this time.
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Date:December 2nd, 2007 12:18 am (UTC)


MS can't always be the one screwing up...

I really just posted it because I get $40 if someone does fall in love and buys it through my link.

Is that wrong?
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Date:December 2nd, 2007 02:51 pm (UTC)
I am also very impressed with the Kindle, although I will probably wait for color and the price to drop a bit. If I subscribed to something like the New York Times, it would be worth getting right now.

It has always been my opinion that a good ebook would have to use IBM's e-ink and although Sony was the first to use it in a ebook, I don't think they did as good a job as Amazon.
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