Does anyone have a Kindle? As an avid reader I am starting to run out of space in my apartment. I can't throw any away as I have too many favorites that I go back to from time to time. So I was thinking about getting a Kindle.
Does anyone have one? What are your feelings/experiences with using one. I'm all for embracing modern technology, but I do like the feel of a book in my hands.
I would only be using it for leisure, not study.
That's easy. Run out and buy one now.
I am an avid Apple enthusiast and own several of all the devices that have names starting with "i." However, for pure reading, the Kindle rules. Why? It's LIGHT and SMALL. Plus the batteries last forever. What's more, their "WhisperSync" system is amazing; it automatically synchronizes the position you're reading at across all your Kindle-capable devices (remember, you can read Kindle books on smartphones, the iPad, etc., too).
The e-ink screen is remarkable. It's horrible for motion graphics, and mediocre at best for images, but for simple text reading, it's amazingly close to the look of ink on paper.
At the new low prices, there's really no reason at all not to own one.
Hey Scott, that sounds awesome... maybe too awesome... do you work for Amazon?
Seriously though, I am 70/30 in favor of getting one. I just don't know about the 'feel' of it. Being so used to page turning and throwing books around, stuffing them in my bag etc, it would be weird.
Thanks for the info.
Lol! No, I don't work for them. I love their service, but my own job actually competes with them in a number of product segments, so I'm being pretty objective, I think.
Honestly, the Kindle is lighter and smaller than all but the most tiny paperbacks, so no matter what you do, you'll find it more convenient to hold than a book, I think. I like to read in bed, and I particularly find it nice to hold compared to trying to read a heavy hardcover when I'm on my back.
My parents both thought they would hate leaving traditional books, but they both have kindles and they both use them all the time, so i wouldn't worry about the whole page turning thing
i got one for my birthday and not used it yet. partly because i also got an old fashioned book but i just finished that so will be using the kindle from now on.
apart from the space issue, the future of the e-book is a rosey one, hyperlinks to referenced material and ease of downloads along with free materiel such as classic books. etc....
I was at a publishing conference earlier this year, really opened my old eyes to the possibilities driven initially by academic publishing that will set new standards in information dissemination.
now i just need to work out how to set my account up... :o/
Thought about just getting a simple Android tablet?
For US$60, if you don't like it, it's not too bad a loss. And for an extra $20, you can get a protective cover. (Although, you could use the cover on a proper eInk Kindle too)
I have Kindle on my Android 2.1 tablet. It's a bare-bones tablet (256MB RAM, 800Mhz CPU) and it runs the Kindle software flawlessly.
The Kindle Fire's OS is based on an old version of Android, but it is NOT an "android device" by any stretch of the imagination. The OS has been changed so much that there is very little Android DNA left in it - and the Amazon folks would agree with this.
Kindle's rock! I have one and I love it. You'll get over the "feel of a book thing". I also have an ipad and you can sync the two. Kindle is great for use anywhere, beach, pool, etc.. Do it!!!
I received a Sony eReader last Christmas, and I love it (I get the impression that Kindles and Canada don't mix well. Any other thoughts out there?
The eReader has a large screen, great battery life (up to a week), selectable font size (great for my aging eyes <g>), displays picture (black and white only) and can play mp3s.
Downside; the software that came with it bites on an iMac. I have a work-around; I let teh computer think the ereader is an extra hard drive, then it's just "drag-n-drop". And the mp3 player interface is equally clunky. Other than tha it's great for the bus, airport departure lounges, when the Superwife is hogging the computer....
I'm a computer consultant, software architect and engineer, and developer - an all-around technology geek. And as such, I am very interested in e-readers in general, and have answered many questions about them for friends and family. So, I hope this information helps you in your decision making process...
As you have noticed, the future for reading is e-books and e-readers - and there are two main reasons for this:
** convenience - you can carry thousands of books on my e-reader, and my entire library is available to me online, so I can enjoy them from anywhere, in many ways - from my e-reader, my android smartphone, my laptop, etc.
** cost - the average nook e-book is 20%-70% cheaper. As an example, there is not a single book in the hundreds I own that cost as much as the paper version.
The main point people need to remember is that it isn't WHAT e-reader you use - it's that e-readers are an advancement in how we use books, and this increases readership. I've seen it firsthand. I'm reading much more than before. My children have begun reading more, ever since they borrowed our nooks so they could read books for assignments. Once they used them, my nook goes "missing" often, and I find it in my son's room. This kid never read on his own before. That alone makes the nook worth it.
Libraries now allow you to "check out" e-books, if your reader supports it - the nook does, and I think Kindle and others do too (and if they don't, I guarantee you they will soon). My eldest daughter told me recently that many of her text books are now available electronically, and are much cheaper than buying them - even the used ones.
The future of books are e-books - it's just a matter of when, not if, they reach "critical mass". Once you have decided that you're ready to move into the e-reader world, you need to figure out your reading "profile", or the type of book reader you are. Once you've decided the type of reader you are, the features you want or need, etc. then you can look at the e-readers on the market and choose the best one that fits your profile.
As you know, there are two biggies in the e-reader world: Amazon and Barnes & Noble. They each have their strengths, each have their weaknesses, but each have carved out a niche for themselves in such a way that I think they'll both be setting the standard for e-readers for the foreseeable future. Now, everyone knows about Amazon and what they bring to the table - and they are very successful in conveying what that have to offer via their advertising and marketing.
For me, the best e-reader is the nook from Barnes & Noble (B&N) - and since people don't know as much about them, I thought I'd take a moment to point out the things that attracted me to the nook, and why we chose it over any other e-reader.
We own two nook "First Edition" with 3G and wifi. The 3G is over the AT&T network and allows us to access our libraries or purchase books anywhere, any time.
** the folks at our local B&N know a ton about books. They tend to put people who have a particular interest in a certain genre IN that section to help others or give advice. They also have a dedicated person who is a "nook specialist" who mans the nook kiosk to answer questions for current and prospective nook owners.
** B&N created a strong web presence to rival Amazon (not beat them, they just simply put together an attractive site to sell their wares, and made it easy-to-use like Amazon).
** Instead of pulling back in their B&N stores, or treating the e-books as a different business from the brick & mortar stores, they blended the two in ways that strengthens and blends both offerings. They strengthened the stores with good staff training, emphasizing customer service, made the shopping experience enjoyable for both types of customers, and added some clever tie-ins with the nook e-reader
** They also have a dedicated person who is a "nook specialist" who mans the nook kiosk to answer questions for current and prospective nook owners.
** If you bring your nook into a B&N store you can "browse" any book in there and sit down and read it before you buy it, just like you can with a "real" book.
** You can also check out books on your e-reader at the local library, if you don't want to pay for it.”
** The nook's OS is based on Android. This means that it can be updated very quickly, and is updated regularly. It lets B&N concentrate on what it does best - selling books - and lets the programmers do what they do best. Amazon based their OS on an old version of Android, but they write their own OS now - so they are the only ones that can update their devices.
**The form factor of the nook allows it to support new features via the OS, without the need to change the device itself.
Now you know a bit about the nook - and they have newer versions out now that are even more advanced and impressive. I encourage you to check them out.
So, no matter what you choose (Kindle or nook), I highly recommend e-readers. As you can tell, I am partial to nook, but no matter what your preference is, I think almost everyone will appreciate and enjoy an e-reader if you give it a chance; for my wife and me, we can't imagine reading without ours.”
One other thing: The profile of a "tablet owner" is different than that of an "e-reader owner". For instance, for me I needed something to simply replace the 3-5 books I always carried when traveling, or buying new books on the road. I didn't need the extra stuff tablets do, since I have my Macbook Pro. I also wanted to be able to read in bright light, like sunlight - at the pool, for instance - and tablets are not able to be read in bright light.
Tablets are backlit, are able to have multiple apps on it, and serve more than one purpose - email, surfing the web, etc - and reading books is just one thing you can do with it.
E-readers are not backlit, they use an "e-ink" screen that doesn't give you as much eye-fatigue as backlit devices and computers. Reading an e-ink screen is just like reading a book. E-readers are specific-purpose devices designed to do one thing, and do it well - read books and manage e-book libraries. They are also lighter than tablets and the battery lasts much longer.
So, if you simply want to replace your books and library, get an e-reader. If you want a multipurpose device to take the place of your books AND the way you use your computer, then get a tablet.