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Kindle 2: Amazon's New Wireless Reading Device

A mobile reading device by Amazon.

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The kindle 2, dragging books into the 21st century

  • Jul 9, 2009
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This is a great invention with some major shortcomings and a few disappointments but overall I think the kindle is a great tool and I will use it for many years to come. I have even heard many say that it encourages them to read more, and that may be true simply out of the convenience that this device delivers.

Cons (Minor annoyances)
1. I would like to get all my books in my house converted to digital books.
2. Amazon needs a Netflix subscription model that gives me access to read any book I want. Then if if I want to download and keep the book I should be charged a standard download fee.
3. Limited library, not all books are available in a kindle version (only a matter of time) 
4. Requires recharging (but not often, it's no iphone battery)
5. When traveling on an airplane, unlike books that you can read through the entire up and down process. The kindle, because it is electronic, is required to be stowed for takeoff and landing. A minor con to an all around great product.

Pros (What I love about this device)
1. Instant access to the Kindle Library
How often have you finished a great book and wanted to start the next immediately?  I've done it three times and all I had to do was run a quick search, push a button and within a few seconds I'm back into the story. In a conversations if someone brings up a book, I can pull out the iphone open the kindle app and download the book to my kindle and have it waiting for me when I get home.
2. 7000+ free or really cheap books are available at the kindle store (just sort by price low to high to find them). 
Free, or cheap books, need I say more... Ever want to read some old classic but haven't had time to find them. Browse the store, they might just be there for free.
3. Access to Newspaper subscriptions (no more wasted paper) .
I'm very happy with this feature. I like diversity in my news, LA Times, NY Times, IHT and the Wall street Journal, etc, imagine having that many paper's delivered to your doorstep every morning, worst yet imagine your recycling bin filling up every day. (I need a ruling here, does this make it a "Green" product?)
4. Size and Reading Comfort
Large novels, paper backs, magazines and newspapers, they all weigh the same and fit easily in your hand for more consistent comfort.
5. No glare reading screen (actually easier to read in sunlight than a book)
6. % complete bar
I like knowing exactly how much I've read and what I have left to read.
7. Travel space
The kindle allows for you to take unlimited newspapers and a full library of books with you to the airport in a space no larger than a single magazine.

Overall this is a great product that I recommend for any reader.

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September 11, 2009
Sounds like a great device to own, I think it's a tad too pricey though. How much does the subscription cost?
September 14, 2009
The subscription costs depend on the newspaper or magazine. But just to own the kindle there are no subscription fees. For details on the costs of each subscritption check out the kindle store on amazon
July 20, 2009
i had a question Jim.  While you are flying they normally make you turn off electronic devices during take off and landing... does that apply to the kindle too? 
July 20, 2009
a new 'con' that I will be adding to my review; unlike books that you can read through the entire up and down process. The kindle, because it is electronic, is required to be stowed for takeoff and landing, a minor con to an all around great product.
July 21, 2009
and don't forget that you don't own anything on the Kindle. You simply have the right to read it until such time as Amazon decides to revoke your rights. Oh, and I can read my real book anytime on a plane, regardless whether it is landing or taking off. Don't get me wrong, the Kindle intrigues me. But I do not need another device that forces its digital rights management on me. My iPod and iTunes hampers me enough, thank you. :-)
July 09, 2009
mine is sitting on my desk right now... can't wait to get into it. I hope it helps me read more. great review... now i'm looking forward to your reviews on all these books you are reading.
July 09, 2009
Your review has me so excited to get my new kindle in the mail (its ordered)! This lil amazon invention has me practically salivating to dig into the books that I've put off reading for years; I am super stoked to READ! #geekingout
July 09, 2009
even with all the buzz, this wasn't on my radar at all for a personal purchase. somehow your take made me really consider how amazing this could be. I'm actually thinking about getting one now! i do love to physically turn a page though... not sure how that factors in. the iphone app sounds genious however, and is pretty compelling. this is all so very jetsons, love it.
July 09, 2009
Thanks for the comment. If you are serious about getting one they are currently (as of 7/09/09) priced at $299.00 on amazon.com.
July 09, 2009
Any comments on the Basic Web Browser feature of the Kindle?
July 09, 2009
I haven't explored that portion of the device yet, and truthfully doubt i will. I use it primarily as a book reader. If I need to surf the web my iphone is never out of reach. (unless it's charging)
July 09, 2009
How would your proposed Netflix-like subscription model work? You would pay a monthly fee that would let you download a certain number of books a month, but you couldn't download the next book till you had wiped the previous book from your Kindle?
July 09, 2009
Good question. I hadn't really thought it through all the way, just needed another con so it didn't look like a complete kindle love-fest. I'm fine with the current model and in fact the kindle books are usually cheaper than the hardcover or paperback.
More Kindle 2 reviews
review by . September 23, 2009
I have been using the Kindle 2 for a couple of months now. I didn't plan on buying it; it was a birthday present. If asked prior to receiving it, I would have said that I didn't want one. Not because I don't read, but because I look at a screen all day long and there is something special and unique about holding a book while reading. Nevertheless, I resisted the urge to return it and decided to give it a shot. Now I love it for a number of reasons.      Convenience. …
review by . July 01, 2010
Books at Your Fingertips
The Amazon Kindle is a great electronic reading device. If you like to bring books with you when you travel, but you have a hard time deciding what to bring, the Kindle can help you with this problem. You can take 100's of books with you and can even purchase new books where ever you are. Connecting to the Kindle Store is free and the cost of most books is $9.99 or less.      Some of the other nice features about the Amazon Kindle include the ability to change the text …
review by . February 19, 2009
Kindle 2
Well, you know...Amazon wants to change the world. Owners of Kindle 1 you can rejoice...Kindle 1 was the revolution - Kindle 2 is the evolution. I was a first generation Kindle owner and upon hearing the news that Amazon was releasing a second generation a little after a year of the first release seemed disheartening...but after several discussions I began to come around to the idea - we do live in a technological rich society, after all. Shortly after I got to test the kindle 2 I was convinced …
review by . June 10, 2010
SO addicted to my Kindle!
Purchasing a Kindle was by far the best decicion I have ever made when it comes to my reading! I love how portable and lightweight it is! I am able to store thousands of books on it and it will always keep my place. If I keep the wireless off, the battery will last me a week or more. I read for hours at a time and this helps me with my carpel tunnel pain as it is easier to hold. I don't have to pry open pages in order to read my current book. I also have hundreds of free books on it, many of …
review by . July 06, 2010
It's been a long time coming for me, but I now has it!      I've been reading books on my phone for some time now.  It's just easier than carrying around hardcovers or making sure I don't spill too much on the paperbacks, which seem to have a magnetic pull towards paper.       Kindle is a great substitute for any other on the go reading medium.  It's easy to load and open books on the device, as well …
review by . June 08, 2010
The Kindle has been the king of the ebook reader market for a couple of years now. Amazon's sheer market force is what helped the kindle succeed as much as it has. Aggressive pricing on ebooks has also helped the adoption of electronic media over physical media.     How did I like using the Kindle? I felt that the screen refreshed slowly and that the device was a bit clumsy for reading books. I must admit that I do not own a kindle, however, I have played with the devices extensively. …
review by . May 11, 2010
I received a Kindle last Christmas and It's been one  enjoyable book after another.  I started off with the :    1) "Count of Monte Christo" (amazing even the3rd time around),    2) "Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815" (long but still interesting),    3) "Wolf Hall: A Novel", Hilary Mantel (very enjoyable, remarkable story of Henry VIII and the one man         who wins …
review by . July 29, 2010
   I got one of these several months ago with the hopes of being able to put a decent amount of school reading on it. The price of an etext compared to a hard copy is much cheaper if you read enough to make the purchase of an ereader worth it and after doing my shopping I think the Kindle is the best. I'm sure an ipad will do the trick too, but I hate Apple products and they seem like more hassle than they are worth to a person like me who is happy with their laptop. Anyway, this product …
Quick Tip by . July 10, 2010
I just don't know what life style this would be usefull for?!?! Just another screen to stare att...
Quick Tip by . July 08, 2010
Ok hate to mess with the experience that is cracking a fresh or antiquated spine but having those words at your finger tips and not the weight of hundreds of books, cheap access to many books, I think we've moved to this as a new chapter.
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The Amazon Kindle is mobile device designed for reading electronic books (e-books). The reader was developed by the Amazon.com subsidiary Lab126, and its first incarnation was launched in the United States on November 19, 2007.

The Kindle features an electronic paper display and will download content over Amazon Whispernet using the Sprint EVDO network. Kindle hardware devices can be used without a computer, and Whispernet is accessible without any fee. These devices also provide free internet access to Wikipedia.

On Monday, February 9, 2009, Amazon announced the Kindle 2, which became available for purchase on February 23, 2009 for the price of $359. The new Kindle features improved battery life, 20 percent faster page-refreshing, a text-to-speech option to read the text aloud, and overall thickness reduced from 0.8 to 0.36 inches (9.1 millimetres). The Kindle 2 has 2 GB of internal memory of which 1.4 GB is user-accessible. Amazon estimates that the Kindle 2 will hold about 1500 books. Unlike the original Kindle, Kindle 2 does not have a slot for SD memory cards. To promote the new Kindle, author Stephen King has written a novella called UR, which is available exclusively as a Kindle download.
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