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Forget First or Second Generation: Is it worth it?

  • Apr 3, 2009
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I've always enjoyed reading novels, but over the years it became more of a pain than a pleasure. I kept buying books, but would only manage two or three paragraphs before falling asleep. There are a collection of reasons for this disturbing problem that I won't get into, but for whatever reason, it sucked the fun right out of a favorite pasttime.

And then came the Kindle.  For me, it changed everything.

I find that it doesn't replace the feeling of curling up with a good book because it doesn't need to. I cuddle up in my favorite chair, fold back the fine leather cover (purchased separately) and start reading, yet never disturb my comfy position because "pages are turned" with a mere twitch of a thumb.

And to address a criticism often noted, that one doesn't want to look at a screen for entertainment after looking at a screen all day for work, within moments of reading on a Kindle for the first time you'll forget that it's a screen because it isn't anything like a screen. Without the backlighting on a computer monitor, looking at a Kindle page is quite the same as looking at a piece of paper.

Some owners like the Kindle because of the customized type sizes or the ability to sample books before purchase or the ability to download the digital purchases to multiple Kindles on the same account. Some owners appreciate the built in dictionary, the wireless download feature, the ability to carry favorite books during frequent travels in one handy, lightweight "container." And some people have health concerns that once interfered with reading, a concern that the Kindle overcomes.

Some folks in the general public get unnecessarily riled about this amazing tool -- often people who have never seen a Kindle -- because of the digital rights management or they don't trust Amazon or whatever. My digital book purchases are stored at Amazon, safely, and if it looks like they're going to disappear, I'll re-download all of my purchases into the Kindle and be on my way. A library full of books in one convenient package.

The price point seems too high, true. But since the Kindle version books usually run from free to $9.99, it creates a savings per unit (UPDATE May 2009 -- I'm finding many more new releases falling into the $12 to $15 range, not a lot, but enough to annoy). On the other hand, if you're like me, your book budget could soar because your former pasttime will be rekindled (I couldn't resist).

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September 16, 2009
I am considering it not because I don't finish books I bought but rather because I moved too often and hence the cost of warehousing those books are a pain in the ... Cost of these gadgets are a little on the high side so am hoping it'd drop asap!
April 03, 2009
I've always been curious about Kindle, since I'm such an old-fashioned book person. But I would like to make the switch. Would you recommend the first or second generation?
April 03, 2009
Actually, I haven't seen the v2 yet, so I can't make a proper opinion. However, I can imagine that it's at least as good as v1, which I consider a perfect thing anyway! The beauty of Amazon as the merchant for this device is, customer service rules. If you're considering a Kindle, buy it, try it (saving all the packaging) and if you don't like it, return it. You won't. But it's good to know you could.
April 03, 2009
I will give it a try. Thanks!
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review by . May 13, 2009
Let me clarify. I'm am transferring all my reviews from Amazon to Lunch so it may seem odd that I'm posting a Kindle 1 review after my Kindle 2...but I posted my Kindle 1 review long before my Kindle 2 review on Amazon.    I just received my Kindle and the world that has opened up before me is truly something. Yet some reviewers say that the ole glue-n-bind will soon be phased out....let's explore that, shall we?     The Kindle is a great device...the features …
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Formerly an assistant at Porter Creative Services and the director of broadcast production at Crispin & Porter Advertising (pre-Crispin Porter + Bogusky), now retired. Working on my second novel (as … more
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