I bought a Kindle

  • FRE0

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    Feb 25, 2012 2:03 AM GMT
    About a year ago, I decided not to buy an electronic reader, but I bought a Kindle this week. Not everything I would want to read is available for it, but I think enough is to make it worthwhile.

    I haven't had it long enough to provide a thorough evaluation, but so far I like it. Prior to getting it, I read the biography of Andrew Carnegie by Wall; it was about 1020 pages long and the bulk and weight made it inconvenient to read in bed. The Kindle weighs only about eight ounces and is much more convenient. The displayed print quality is excellent. It's monochrome only which usually isn't a problem. A weakness is displaying tables, charts, and graphs in which case the size isn't always adequate and the text may be on a different page.

    It is also possible to get a Kindle reader for either a PC or a Mac; that could be handy for displaying charts and graphs because of the larger screen.

    It will be interesting to see what others here thing about electronic readers.
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    Feb 25, 2012 3:28 AM GMT
    If you have Amazon Prime you can read my book for free until April 15. ;-)

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004CLYNCO
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    Feb 25, 2012 3:29 AM GMT
    Did you get a kindle fire?
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    Feb 25, 2012 3:43 AM GMT
    adam228 saidDid you get a kindle fire?



    The Fire sucks and it's LCD. I can see why people would want an e-reader(electronic paper) but I can't possibly see how anyone would waste their money on a 7" tablet that is laggy, won't see any decent upgrade anytime soon, with inferior hardware quality and basically the only thing I can do on it is reading
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    Feb 25, 2012 4:02 AM GMT
    charlitos said
    adam228 saidDid you get a kindle fire?



    The Fire sucks and it's LCD. I can see why people would want an e-reader(electronic paper) but I can't possibly see how anyone would waste their money on a 7" tablet that is laggy, won't see any decent upgrade anytime soon, with inferior hardware quality and basically the only thing I can do on it is reading


    Yikes, I wanted one too...btw...I LOVE ONE PIECE!
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    Feb 25, 2012 4:07 AM GMT
    I've got a Kobo app on my PlayBook. Now that I've gotten used to touchscreens, I'm okay with it.
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    Feb 25, 2012 4:08 AM GMT
    charlitos said
    adam228 saidDid you get a kindle fire?



    The Fire sucks and it's LCD. I can see why people would want an e-reader(electronic paper) but I can't possibly see how anyone would waste their money on a 7" tablet that is laggy, won't see any decent upgrade anytime soon, with inferior hardware quality and basically the only thing I can do on it is reading


    Well for starters its cheap. It has a dual core 1ghz.. so does ipad. I flashed android onto it and got rid of the Amazon built BS and its fine. I read articles for school on it with a pdf reader and books.

    I don't mind the LCD at all, its usually pretty nice at night on the bus/going home for me.

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    Feb 25, 2012 7:11 AM GMT
    I bought a book.
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    Feb 25, 2012 7:19 AM GMT
    books are not mere media and are not meant to be consumed as if they were a corndog or a soundbite . . . get thee behind me Satan . . .
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    Feb 25, 2012 7:37 AM GMT
    Scruffypup saidI bought a book.


    you son of a devil! flanders.gif
  • calibro

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    Feb 25, 2012 8:49 AM GMT
    until it doubles as a laser gun, boomerang, and hello kitty change purse, i'm only semi-interested in it.
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    Feb 25, 2012 12:02 PM GMT
    Scruffypup saidI bought a book.


    +1. Me too.

    When these ereaders can handle PDFs well, maybe I'll get one.
  • MichaelG

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    Feb 25, 2012 12:57 PM GMT
    One of the best purchases I have ever made. Its only purpose is to read a book. Great display and perfect reading in bright sun. Can take as many books as you want on vacation and not have the bulk of a bunch of books.

    The only complaint is the sharing. Normally you can't share a book. Seems like a waste. You buy a paper book and can give it to anyone, but a digital book the publishers seem to thing should be used once and only by one person.
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    Feb 25, 2012 1:15 PM GMT
    I got a kindle e-reader for xmas. I got 300++ books on it. If you want anything you deem worth reading, look on the kindle/amazon page and buy exactly what you're looking for. If you can read it on paper, you can read it on kindle. Every technology has it's draw backs. Best to check up on products before you buy them. I recommend either getting a kindle fire cause they're cheaper than an iPad, but if you have to Galaxy Tablet or iPad2 is a great upgrade from there.
  • briefslover1

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    Feb 25, 2012 1:36 PM GMT
    The kindle e-readers are great!! Me and my BF have the older kindle e-readers and love them... They are great for travel, beach, camping, boating, ellipticals... We now have kindle Fire, itouch's, ipadII's... but the old readers are still carried around by both of us all the time... I travel a lot and I used to carry books along all the time... The kindle is so much lighter and portable... It's a must!!
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    Feb 25, 2012 1:46 PM GMT
    I have always loved books - the physical object. eBooks, though, are just so much better than their paper counterparts, it feels a lot like the transition from CD to MP3.

    - ebook readers are lightweight. Whenever I move, about half my "stuff" by weight is books. I could pack my entire library on one single ebook reader weighing less than an average paperback

    - I can't damage an ebook. I can make notes on it, scribble, take it to the beach: no dog ears, no pen marks, ever

    - I can choose the font and its size to match my environment. Running on the treadmill, I increase font size; on the plane, I decrease it

    - With management applications like Calibre (calibre-ebook.com), I can get other files on the reader, including RSS feeds, converted PDF files, books from Project Gutenberg, or lengthy emails

    - With text-to-speech, I can tell my Kindle to read a book aloud to me. On long drives, I plug it into the car stereo and my Kindle keeps me entertained
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    Feb 25, 2012 4:39 PM GMT
    Font size adjustment is the best reason for e-readers. There have been many physical books I've wanted to read but print size is way too small.
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    Feb 25, 2012 4:59 PM GMT
    Eh, I don't know about them. They do have the feature of being able to get "books" that are rare or out of print.

    But...

    Can you take it to the beach or pool, lay it down and not worry about getting sand in it or water on it?


    My paperback? I shake the sand out or dry it off and it still works.


    The biggest, best thing about a paperback advantage over a Kindle/Nook etc?


    On a flight with a screaming child...



    I can smack the shit out of a kid with my paperback and not break the screen!


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  • FRE0

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    Feb 25, 2012 5:57 PM GMT
    MichaelG saidOne of the best purchases I have ever made. Its only purpose is to read a book. Great display and perfect reading in bright sun. Can take as many books as you want on vacation and not have the bulk of a bunch of books.

    The only complaint is the sharing. Normally you can't share a book. Seems like a waste. You buy a paper book and can give it to anyone, but a digital book the publishers seem to thing should be used once and only by one person.


    I stopped sharing books when too often they weren't returned.
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    Feb 25, 2012 9:49 PM GMT
    adam228 said
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    adam228 saidDid you get a kindle fire?



    The Fire sucks and it's LCD. I can see why people would want an e-reader(electronic paper) but I can't possibly see how anyone would waste their money on a 7" tablet that is laggy, won't see any decent upgrade anytime soon, with inferior hardware quality and basically the only thing I can do on it is reading


    Well for starters its cheap. It has a dual core 1ghz.. so does ipad. I flashed android onto it and got rid of the Amazon built BS and its fine. I read articles for school on it with a pdf reader and books.

    I don't mind the LCD at all, its usually pretty nice at night on the bus/going home for me.



    Ya the Processor is dual core but the GPU is nowhere near the iPad's. This is why the interface is so laggy. Great price though, $200 Amazon is actually losing money with every Fire sold. However it is also half the size of an iPad and performs quite bad. Personally if I had the $200 I would wait until I have $400 and get the iPad2(they will drop the price in two weeks after the announcement of the iPad 3). Seriously $200 spent on a Kindle Fire is like throwing money away.
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    Mar 09, 2012 5:51 AM GMT
    i was gonna get a kindle fire.. went for the playbook instead, much better value.