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Kindle: Amazon's New Wireless Reading Device

Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by Mitzs, Feb 7, 2008.

  1. Mitzs
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    Mitzs Ducktape Goddess

    Now this is a gadget that I would really like.

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  2. PhoenixAngelique

    PhoenixAngelique Byte Poster

    I 110% agree with you there.

    Not only does it rock for it's easy portability, being over 80,000 books (although it only holds 200 unless you upgrade memory) etc, it's a GADGET! which makes it geekier and the BEST part, it SO reminds me of the way they read books on Star Trek!!!

    I WANTS ONE!!!

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  3. BosonMichael
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  4. hippy

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    You know it would break in to two if you sat on it :blink
  5. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

    I like reading real books. 8)

    (Thats why the mrs keeps having ago at me for taking up loads of space!)
  6. Fergal1982

    Fergal1982 Petabyte Poster

    seems like at least two cables there, and one is for connecting to a computer, and syncing.
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  7. Phoenix
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    I'm not sure the Kindle still qualifies as new, it's been doing the rounds since November if I recall correctly

    A few things of note

    The kindle has flaws, quiet a few of them in fact
    enough to put average consumers off of purchasing one, e-ink is no where near perfected yet, and page lag is a big issue for most heavy readers (the screen redraws black then shows the next page, every time you flip the page), the buttons are way to easy to push, often causing unwanted page flips, and as said the page flips cause issues of their own
    Cost, the device itself is pricey, and to access 'premium' blogs on it also costs, these are things that are otherwise free online!,

    It does have some benefits though
    the free Sprint EVDO built in is VERY cool, and a testament to what companies / devices should of started doing years ago, unfortunately this helps it be limited to the US at the moment
    Its very cool, you can email PDF books and have them converted for a small fee (about 20 cents a book i think) as it doesn't use standard pdf format etc, but the fact I could have all my tech books on a little plastic plate in the backpack is VERY cool when on the road
    Battery life is astonishing, like a week with all the wireless stuff off
    It has a browser, you can browse the net on it if you really need to

    The Kindles not going to break sales records or win design awards, with with the clout of amazon behind it we may finally start to see the evolution of the e-reader into the mainstream, much like the ipod did for mp3 players

    A rev 2 product should be a world better
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    I agree:rocks

    Although it's a good idea (but been around for ages) I would interested to see if people do get eye strain from reading off the screen??:blink

    About 5 years ago they did the same thing with Stephen King's new book and before that The telegraph/times also gave you the option to download a paper. Of course al ot of people complained because they were using (CRT screens) computers to read the pages.
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  9. Phoenix
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    e-ink is a totally different technology, and VERY easy on the eyes
    I sit in front of 4 LCDs every day, expensive high res ones, and I still feel like my eyes are getting a nice break when looking at a kindle

    I've only read a chapter or so on an e-reader, but for me the eye strain is non existent, its usually the back lights on monitors that kill the eyes anyway, e-readers tend not to have them
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  10. PhoenixAngelique

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    Lol the i think theidea behind it is to try not to use it as a cushion/chair. :)
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  11. BosonJosh

    BosonJosh Gigabyte Poster

    I can see the usefulness of a device such as the Kindle, but I'm not sure they've got it perfected yet. Plus, it just looks ugly, and I mean the device, not the screen. :)
  12. Mitzs
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    Mitzs Ducktape Goddess

    I do to Simon. But there is a lot to be said for this if someone travels alot and doesn't want to lug those books around. Or for people that live in very small places and space is not a options for a bunch of books.
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  13. delorean

    delorean Megabyte Poster

    I like a bit of both... Ebooks are great to have so you can access your library on the move when taking bulky books with you is just not practical. On a plane for example I would rather take my laptop and a sack of ebooks rather than break the carry-on weight limit with the real things.

    That said, at home you can't beat the real deal. Thumb and dog ear the pages, pull out a highlighter and page markers on it and use the book well.

    Non-IT books I still love the real deal. Until the technology and/or approach to ebooks changes somewhat i'll still read my Carl Hiaasen and Richard Brautigan in pulp format!! :)
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  14. nugget
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    It's a great gadget but until it gets prettier I won't be buying one. :twisted:
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