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Psst! Hey,buddy, wanna buy an e-reader?

Like a pusher offering a whiff of some really good stuff, Amazon sent me an e-mail with a link to a demo of the Kindle. Maybe they read my last post? Argh! I want a Kindle so badly! They put some real thought into the functionality, keeping some of the best things about a book—like being able to "dog-ear" a page—but adding things that a book can't do—automatically remembering where you stopped reading, changing font sizes, looking up words. I'm not sure about the "nominal charge" for e-mailing files to your Kindle, but the fact that you don't have a monthly fee to use their Whispernet network is great. And I love the size and weight, and the fact that the battery lasts for days.

If only it weren't so damned expensive! I've told myself I have to wait until it comes down to $300. I feel like I'm on a technology diet.




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miladyinsanity
Aug. 2nd, 2008 07:41 am (UTC)
I'm not planning on getting an ebook reader any time soon. I'm hoping that the next generations of UMPCs will be better, because I refuse to buy a one use device.

Plus, Sugar Crash Baby aka the Companion has taught me that any ebook reading device I get has to have a touchscreen. No thumb boards because I don't want Blackberry thumb and a full-size Qwerty would make is too big.

Another reason for the iPhone envy.
karen_w_newton
Aug. 2nd, 2008 03:11 pm (UTC)
The keyboard didn't look great, but I'm not planning on typing on it much.

The iPhone is pretty slick, and I saw a demo of it being used as an e-reader, but the screen is just too damn small! Your eyes are much younger than mine!
miladyinsanity
Aug. 2nd, 2008 03:33 pm (UTC)
But you can still increase the size of the font. I had an PDA for a few years, and the font size was usually large enough that 2-3 sentences would fill the screen.

It sure was great for line edits.
karen_w_newton
Aug. 2nd, 2008 03:35 pm (UTC)
Yes, but in the font size I need it would be 2-3 words!
miladyinsanity
Aug. 2nd, 2008 03:53 pm (UTC)
Karen, I wear really really thick glasses. Like 800 degrees--not sure how many dioptres that is though. Believe me, I know.
karen_w_newton
Aug. 2nd, 2008 03:55 pm (UTC)
I am also very nearsighted (20-600 in the good eye), but that's nothing. One word-- presbyopia! In about 20 years, you'll know what it means.
miladyinsanity
Aug. 2nd, 2008 04:04 pm (UTC)
Oh boy. Being short-sighted and long-sighted at the same time isn't fun--I got my bad eyesight from my dad.
karen_w_newton
Aug. 2nd, 2008 06:12 pm (UTC)
no, no! it's not that you get farsighted, although that can happen-- it's that your eyes lose the ability to change focus. I can actually read quite well without my glasses but that's because when I take them off, my field of focus is about 12 inches from my face. It happens to pretty much everyone!
david_bridger
Aug. 2nd, 2008 07:45 am (UTC)
I've read your e-reader reports with interest - and I certainly understanding yearning for something :) - but this product leaves me cold. I guess I'm just an old Luddite where book substitutes are concerned. And it doesn't help that I'm tired of Amazon's business practices and not inclined to give them another penny.
karen_w_newton
Aug. 2nd, 2008 03:09 pm (UTC)
Very true about Amazon, the new corporate architect of greed! But I also hate Microsoft and yet I'm typing on a PC with Windows XP.

The reason I want a Kindle is mostly because I don't have as much time to read as I would like. I'm hoping that with an e-reader that I could carry with me anywhere, when I find myself waiting at the dentist's or the doctor's, or riding a plane, train, or bus, I would have more time to read.
jl_johnson
Aug. 2nd, 2008 12:56 pm (UTC)
Sorry, my last comment didn't come out the way I wanted. Too early in the morning. :P

I'm with you on this one, on so many levels. This is a new technology, and granted people are going to shun it for whatever reason, but IMO, dispite recycled paper boods, I feel there is no need to destroy trees for recreational purposes. This (like verticle farming), might be the way to stop the destruction. Unless publishing companies start using an alternative, like bamboo (which has a fast grow rate) or hemp, this type of technology might be the books of the future.


karen_w_newton
Aug. 2nd, 2008 03:14 pm (UTC)
Well, part of it, I think, will be the people now in their teens and twenties who have grown up reading PC screens. To them, an e-reader is a natural thing. I think the best thing about is e-readers is not just that they can save trees—they can save reading!
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