"I'm in love."on by wam41964
Pros Display is great
Selection of books is good - getting better fast
Price of books is great - some older/classic books are downright CHEAP
Having ALL my books all the time in a device the size of a desk pad is wonderful.
It's just cool.
Cons The more complex navigations take some getting used to
The key markings need a little more contrast
It's not free. :-)
Summary I'm a heavy reader and have waiting on this device to come out, skipping the 1st version. I love this thing - I like the convenience and love that I can increase the size of the text, since my eyes aren't getting any better. While some of the detail features required a gander at the instructions, I figured out all the general stuff in under 10 minutes. The display is as goos as I'd hoped it would be and the book downloads are fast and easy. I love that you can check out samples of books for free before you buy them. If you like them, one touch of the 5-way key takes to you a screen where you can buy the book with one click. It's on your device almost immediately. Someone recommended a book to me at the doctor's office - I had it in less than 3 minutes.
Is it expensive? I guess - but it's a real convenience for the avid reader. Besides, I buy an awful lot of books and end up paying a lot of overlimit fees when I fly with them on vacation. Between all the travel books, language books and books I'm reading, I sometimes carry 20 or more pounds of books. Not anymore.
One thing the reviewer left out: while you do pay $.10 to send yourself a word doc (no matter how big, apparently), you don't have to pay if you want to have it emailed to the address Amazon has for your account'. It will email your doc to your regular email address and you can then put it on your Kindle via the USB port, all for free. I got mine yesterday and read on it for hours last night and for a bit today...I'm loving it.
Pros 1/3rd of an inch thick!
no eye strain with E-ink
Cons no internal front/back light for night reading (need to use a booklight)
Amazon should offer all buyers of the physical book a 50% discount on the kindle version, so that you can buy the book and never have to crack the spine.
Summary Many of the authors I read write 700+ page tomes, and when it's a new release and only avail. in hardcover lugging that thing around with me on my commutes along with all of my work papers, laptop, etc. makes me feel like a pack mule. This marvel is incredibly light, easy on the eyes, and convenient. I avoided E-readers for the longest time b/c E-books were too expensive relative to the price of the actual physical book. Amazons pricing with most new releases at $9.99 and older books in the $6-$7 range seems very reasonable to me. I wish Amazon great success with this product as it deserves a strong and loyal following.
Pros Sleek, attractive design
Ability to download books quickly and directly
MP3 and basic web access
Cons Lack of case
Summary The design makes the Kindle 2 pleasure to hold in your hand, and the ability to store so many books on it, jumping back and forth and always starting at the same place you last read, makes it the perfect device for avid readers. The web access and MP3 features are very basic, but think of them as add-ons to the device. For its core purpose--reading blogs, magazines, but especially books--there is nothing else on the market that comes close.
Pros Fast wireless logon with no monthly charges.
Immediate access to most recent books for $9.95. Do not have to wait 4 months for paperbacks.
Low book and individual magazine/newspaper prices.
Cons Keyboard takes up too much space. A foldup keyboard
would be ideal. Would prefer larger screen to avoid too frequent page turning using larger fonts.
Summary If I could only have one electronic game or media device,
this would be it! I use it every day.
"Cost issues"on by rcamen
Pros connection to whispernet without subscription cost
Cons screen size to keyboard size ratio. why do you need that big of a keyboard? The focus should be the reading screen.
Summary A lot of complaints have been made about the cost of hardware. But what is being neglected is that there is no connection costs. I would much rather have this option, than a lower hardware cost and a monthly access costs that over the lifetime of product will be more than the original cost of hardware.