August 9th, 2010

Kindle 3

Kindling an interest in ebooks

First peadarog posted that he was coming over to the dark side (i.e., buying a Kindle), and then jpsorrow posted on the Apex blog about not being able to browse ebooks. Next my boss' boss told me she's on the pre-oder list for the Kindle 3 (her first eReader). It seems like everywhere I look, things are reminding me that the Kindle 3 is shipping at the end of the month and I'm going to get one.

Now mind you, I've had a Kindle 2 for about a year, and this one is nicer but not so radically different that using one will be an entirely new experience for me. But the more I read about it, the more I think Amazon has really got the thing right this time. The screen is supposedly 50 percent sharper, and battery life is almost double. What's more, this is the first Kindle that really helps folks who can't see well. Kindle 2 can read the book aloud (unless the publisher turns that feature off). Kindle 3 can also read the menus to you! I think that's really cool, and I can't wait to see how it works.

Plus, there's wifi on both of the new Kindles; one has only wifi and one has wifi and 3G (I'm getting the latter). Now that we have wifi at home, I'll be really interested in checking out how that works. When I send one of my manuscripts for conversion, I won't have to worry about the 15 cent charge (not a big worry, I admit). That was more of an issue when converting a huge (and otherwise free) PDF ebook to Kindle format.

There has also been a rumor that Kindle 3 will ship with the OED but I suspect that if that rumor proves to be true, it's merely the concise version, not the mega-huge, 20-volume real thing..

But I'm still excited. And for the record, you can browse ebooks just fine! And try asking a bookstore for a free sample of a print book!

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