Feb 2, 2008, 7:00 AM
Post #14 of 15
Just a quick follow up on using the Kindle.
1. Easy to use. Downloading directly using the built in wireless when buying from Amazon, or indirectly from one's own computer- as one would have to do in Mexico- is a snap.
2. Amazon now touts downloading via the PC from any country as a benefit. Their example is downloading a new book or 2 while on vacation. Other sites, such as the above mentioned Project Gutenberg, don't really care where you are.
The Kindle itself will store about 200 books. However, the Kindle has an SD card slot. I bought a 4 GB card. My wife can now can carry about 3200 books with her directly in the Kindle, and an infinite number in additional SD cards. An SD card is slightly larger than a postage stamp. I don't think even she can read thru 3200 books on vacation.
3. The books thru Amazon range from US $3.99 to $9.99 for the current best sellers. Other sites are more or about the same. There are many sites that have free downloads. Project Gutenberg has a TON of classics available for free download.
4. You can subscribe to certain daily newspapers(like the NY Times, Wall St. Journal).
5. I really didn't think I would like the Kindle. I have always enjoyed the feel of a book. However, after using it, I really like it. It now seems to me to be just another book. It is really easy to use.
5. The Kindle will do audio books. It will also play mp3-music or whatever-files.
6. There are some things I don't like--It is REALLY ugly, I wish it had a backlight (you need regular light to see the e-ink), The sorting function is alphabetic only. You can't make folders and store names in them. Alpha sorting is ok if you have 50 books, but imagine if you have 1000. I would like to be able to have a folder for fiction, mysteries, biographies, etc.. One option is to have small, inexpensive SD cards for each genre, but that adds expense and hassle. The last thing I don't like, and really, to me, the biggest problem, is the incompatibility with other e-book formats. Authors sign with publishers. The publishers sign with e-book distributors like Sony, Amazon, etc. Very often those rights are exclusive. As a result, I can't get certain authors at all, or in many cases, I can get some of their books, but not all if they changed publishers. Could the Kindle software be changed so that it would recognize other formats? Yes. However, that would mean I could buy my e-books from ANY source, and Amazon wouldn't like that. Maybe some day. Also, many books that could be available just are not. They haven't been converted yet.
Any way, I still think that it is a good option for us, and would recommend its purchase.
I guess this follow up wasn't so quick!!