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« Reply #80 on: February 11, 2009, 07:25:32 PM »

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But look at it from the perspective of where the iPod started- In the first 26 months of the iPod's life it sold 2 million.  Kindle doing 540k in 14 months doesn't sound nearly so bad compared to that.  Plus, the Kindle has been waitlisted almost since it hit the market so, similar to the Wii, we really don't know what total market demand was since they were supply limited the entire time. 

Good point there, I heard about it always being out of stock.  Then my question would be do you think they are incapable of supporting the demand from a hardware perspective, or are they doing the console game shuffle, deliberately limiting supply to increase demand?  Also do you think at the $359 price point they are selling at a loss like the console guys did or already making profit? 

No idea really.  Though since this is the first hardware venture for Amazon (or is it?  that's an assumption on my part) it could be that they are being very deliberate and conservative in terms of manufacturing facilities.

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Either way I'd still like to see this device at a much much lower price point ($99 would be a no-brainer and $199 would be much more acceptable) or in package deals with some books included. 

Agreed but I think they are taking the iPod approach here and I expect that by early next year we'll see a more mass-market focused Kindle 3.0 that is sleeker with more functionality and at a reduced price point. 

Plus, and I'm totally talking out my ass here, it's conceivable that Amazon doesn't want the Kindle to become *too* popular until they have more publishers and titles on board.  If it was a phenomenon now then publishers might start holding out for higher prices and/or less cut to Amazon before giving them some of their major titles or big backlist sellers. 

Frankly, I think Amazon is definitely doing something right since the Kindle has more buzz than the Sony Readers ever had. 

I'm still not ready to bite the bullet yet (due to the refresh issue I mentioned on the first page plus the fact that I  just love the sheer physicality of having a nice library) but my wife told me that she had considered giving me a Kindle for Christmas until she saw the wait list and I can't say I would have minded if I had received it. 
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« Reply #81 on: February 22, 2009, 12:47:47 PM »

My wife just let me know today that she went ahead and had ordered me one of the new Kindles as a surprise present.  She only ordered it a week ago though  - so no idea where that puts us in the queue for Kindles when they start shipping out this week - but hopefully I'll have some hands-on impressions of the device later this week. 

I currently have just over 100 books in PDF format (all programming / technical)  that I'll be converting to the device and will probably subscribe to a newspaper. Also been thinking about picking up some of the William Gibson "classics" and re-reading them again this year on the device.

Plus since one of the books I wrote is available on the Kindle - I may just have to buy a copy of that to play around with as well. icon_cool
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« Reply #82 on: February 22, 2009, 02:04:13 PM »

I too ordered one about a week and a half ago.  Can't wait.  My estimated ship date was given as March 2nd.  So, hope that's true.    I think the new ones look and sound soooo better than the first addition-more compact, better battery life, text to speech for ANYTHING loaded into them with one buttom on and off, tons more grayscale shading, better button arrangement.  It's time for me to jump in. 

Can't wait.
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« Reply #83 on: February 22, 2009, 05:47:00 PM »

I didn't know they released a new version, and this would be a perfect birthday present for my wife's upcoming birthday in March.  But then I looked at the price.   icon_eek

With all of the cutting back we've been doing due to my wife's hours being cut back, concerns over job longevity, etc, I think for now she's going to want to continue enjoying the free public library.  But when things turn back around I'd love to add one of these to our gadget collection.  It would make traveling with reading materials sooooooo much more convenient.  But right now the price is a bit steep given the current economic climate.
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« Reply #84 on: February 23, 2009, 08:23:03 PM »

Got a shipment notification for the Kindle today from Amazon.

Although that might just mean that it's been prepared for shipment and won't actually be picked up by UPS until tonight / tomorrow.

Wife paid for overnight shipping though - so I'll either get it tomorrow or on Wednesday.

Getting really, really excited about it now.
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« Reply #85 on: February 23, 2009, 08:24:32 PM »

Quote from: DarkEL on February 23, 2009, 08:23:03 PM

Got a shipment notification for the Kindle today from Amazon.

Although that might just mean that it's been prepared for shipment and won't actually be picked up by UPS until tonight / tomorrow.

Wife paid for overnight shipping though - so I'll either get it tomorrow or on Wednesday.

Getting really, really excited about it now.

Let us know how it is smile
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« Reply #86 on: February 23, 2009, 09:37:30 PM »

Quote from: DarkEL on February 23, 2009, 08:23:03 PM

Got a shipment notification for the Kindle today from Amazon.

Although that might just mean that it's been prepared for shipment and won't actually be picked up by UPS until tonight / tomorrow.

Wife paid for overnight shipping though - so I'll either get it tomorrow or on Wednesday.

Getting really, really excited about it now.

Does your wife need another husband? Boy toy? Shoulder to cry on?

i want a kindle. Even one from amaozon.
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« Reply #87 on: February 23, 2009, 10:42:02 PM »

Aside from the steep price, the biggest problem I have justifying one for myself is that I can't think of a situation in which I'd need to travel with more than one book. And if I only need one book, a paperback novel isn't going to be much more cumbersome than carrying around the Kindle.

I love the concept, but for me personally I just can't see myself getting a lot of use out of the thing.
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« Reply #88 on: February 23, 2009, 10:48:17 PM »

Quote from: YellowKing on February 23, 2009, 10:42:02 PM

Aside from the steep price, the biggest problem I have justifying one for myself is that I can't think of a situation in which I'd need to travel with more than one book. And if I only need one book, a paperback novel isn't going to be much more cumbersome than carrying around the Kindle.

I love the concept, but for me personally I just can't see myself getting a lot of use out of the thing.

Brand new books aren't on paperback, usually, so if you were into reading new books it would save you.  Not to mention it is much cheaper per book this way than if you went and bought that new book at the store.  I have a huge book in my travel bag right now and even though I don't read more than one book at a time either, I would love one of these to replace the weight of the book I am reading.
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« Reply #89 on: February 23, 2009, 11:43:15 PM »

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Quote from: YellowKing on February 23, 2009, 10:42:02 PM

Aside from the steep price, the biggest problem I have justifying one for myself is that I can't think of a situation in which I'd need to travel with more than one book. And if I only need one book, a paperback novel isn't going to be much more cumbersome than carrying around the Kindle.

I love the concept, but for me personally I just can't see myself getting a lot of use out of the thing.

Brand new books aren't on paperback, usually, so if you were into reading new books it would save you.  Not to mention it is much cheaper per book this way than if you went and bought that new book at the store.  I have a huge book in my travel bag right now and even though I don't read more than one book at a time either, I would love one of these to replace the weight of the book I am reading.

Yeah and when you have a trip that may encompass 15 hours of flight time and you are near the end of a book, you carry a second with you.  This happens more often than I'd like.

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« Reply #90 on: February 23, 2009, 11:43:35 PM »

I always have 3-5 books I read at the same time, so, this will be awesome for me.  I also got my shipment notice.  Can't wait.  I am making up the money by cutting way way way way back on gaming purchases.  
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« Reply #91 on: February 24, 2009, 02:11:03 PM »

Quote from: gellar on February 23, 2009, 11:43:15 PM

Quote from: The Grue on February 23, 2009, 10:48:17 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on February 23, 2009, 10:42:02 PM

Aside from the steep price, the biggest problem I have justifying one for myself is that I can't think of a situation in which I'd need to travel with more than one book. And if I only need one book, a paperback novel isn't going to be much more cumbersome than carrying around the Kindle.

I love the concept, but for me personally I just can't see myself getting a lot of use out of the thing.

Brand new books aren't on paperback, usually, so if you were into reading new books it would save you.  Not to mention it is much cheaper per book this way than if you went and bought that new book at the store.  I have a huge book in my travel bag right now and even though I don't read more than one book at a time either, I would love one of these to replace the weight of the book I am reading.

Yeah and when you have a trip that may encompass 15 hours of flight time and you are near the end of a book, you carry a second with you.  This happens more often than I'd like.

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Heh, I have a somewhat chronic fear of being without a book to read so I always take enough books when I travel to cover me for the absolutely most optimistic reading scenario (ie I show up somewhere for a week, everything is canceled, and I sit in a hotel room the entire time).  So I'll inevitably bring 4 or 5 books with me and then read maybe half of just one. 
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« Reply #92 on: February 24, 2009, 02:12:38 PM »

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« Reply #93 on: February 24, 2009, 04:27:55 PM »

Quote from: ROTC1983 on February 23, 2009, 08:24:32 PM

Quote from: DarkEL on February 23, 2009, 08:23:03 PM

Got a shipment notification for the Kindle today from Amazon.

Although that might just mean that it's been prepared for shipment and won't actually be picked up by UPS until tonight / tomorrow.

Wife paid for overnight shipping though - so I'll either get it tomorrow or on Wednesday.

Getting really, really excited about it now.

Let us know how it is smile

+1.  I almost pulled the trigger last night but fiscal responsibility smacked me over the head.
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« Reply #94 on: February 24, 2009, 05:55:22 PM »

Quote from: Kevin Grey on February 24, 2009, 02:11:03 PM

Quote from: gellar on February 23, 2009, 11:43:15 PM

Quote from: The Grue on February 23, 2009, 10:48:17 PM

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Aside from the steep price, the biggest problem I have justifying one for myself is that I can't think of a situation in which I'd need to travel with more than one book. And if I only need one book, a paperback novel isn't going to be much more cumbersome than carrying around the Kindle.

I love the concept, but for me personally I just can't see myself getting a lot of use out of the thing.

Brand new books aren't on paperback, usually, so if you were into reading new books it would save you.  Not to mention it is much cheaper per book this way than if you went and bought that new book at the store.  I have a huge book in my travel bag right now and even though I don't read more than one book at a time either, I would love one of these to replace the weight of the book I am reading.

Yeah and when you have a trip that may encompass 15 hours of flight time and you are near the end of a book, you carry a second with you.  This happens more often than I'd like.

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Heh, I have a somewhat chronic fear of being without a book to read so I always take enough books when I travel to cover me for the absolutely most optimistic reading scenario (ie I show up somewhere for a week, everything is canceled, and I sit in a hotel room the entire time).  So I'll inevitably bring 4 or 5 books with me and then read maybe half of just one. 

My biggest nightmare is being 2 hours into a cross country flight and being done with my book.  I'd probably lose my mind.

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« Reply #95 on: February 24, 2009, 07:08:15 PM »

Quote from: gellar on February 24, 2009, 05:55:22 PM

My biggest nightmare is being 2 hours into a cross country flight and being done with my book.  I'd probably lose my mind.

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That's why I have one of these as well:



With an upgraded 8 to 10 hour battery, a case that carries up to 8 DVDs, and noise-cancelling headphones, I rarely fear finishing a book prematurely.  Sometimes I prefer watching a movie to reading, anyway. 
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« Reply #96 on: February 24, 2009, 07:31:23 PM »

I have a laptop and an iPhone - there are a large # of videos I could watch, but honestly I rarely watch a movie twice and much, much prefer reading on a plane.  Videos and games are a backup option at best.

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« Reply #97 on: February 24, 2009, 10:35:01 PM »

If UPS ever decides to get here, I would have one myself. Already reports of some ghosting. I hate new electronics.
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« Reply #98 on: February 24, 2009, 11:55:04 PM »

I only travel with electronic entertainment (I use a Sony Reader and iPod for movies). Just getting back from 2 back to back flights from Utah. The worst time is the 'deadzone' when you can't use electronic devices. How I hate those inflight magazines!  mad
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« Reply #99 on: February 25, 2009, 12:12:43 AM »

Quote from: Jag on February 24, 2009, 11:55:04 PM

The worst time is the 'deadzone' when you can't use electronic devices. How I hate those inflight magazines!  mad

Yes, this is the one downside to having a Kindle instead of a real book.  I still will get one eventually.
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« Reply #100 on: February 25, 2009, 01:49:01 AM »

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The worst time is the 'deadzone' when you can't use electronic devices. How I hate those inflight magazines!  mad

Yes, this is the one downside to having a Kindle instead of a real book.  I still will get one eventually.

Hence why the only power used in the device is when you turn the page which is all of a second.
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« Reply #101 on: February 25, 2009, 02:51:45 AM »

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Quote from: The Grue on February 25, 2009, 12:12:43 AM

Quote from: Jag on February 24, 2009, 11:55:04 PM

The worst time is the 'deadzone' when you can't use electronic devices. How I hate those inflight magazines!  mad

Yes, this is the one downside to having a Kindle instead of a real book.  I still will get one eventually.

Hence why the only power used in the device is when you turn the page which is all of a second.

Yeah YOU try explaining that to a flight attendant.

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« Reply #102 on: February 25, 2009, 05:41:43 AM »

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The worst time is the 'deadzone' when you can't use electronic devices. How I hate those inflight magazines!  mad

Yes, this is the one downside to having a Kindle instead of a real book.  I still will get one eventually.

Hence why the only power used in the device is when you turn the page which is all of a second.

Yeah YOU try explaining that to a flight attendant.

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« Reply #103 on: February 25, 2009, 05:56:06 AM »

I actually had a flight attendant tell me once that they don't make people turn off electronics because it may interfere with plane communications and operations.  They do it so that you pay attention in case something happens during takeoff and landing.
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« Reply #104 on: February 25, 2009, 06:12:33 AM »

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I actually had a flight attendant tell me once that they don't make people turn off electronics because it may interfere with plane communications and operations.  They do it so that you pay attention in case something happens during takeoff and landing.

Yup. That's pretty much it. Plus, in theory, there's that much fewer 'stuff' that could fly around incase something did happen during that point in the flight.
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« Reply #105 on: February 25, 2009, 11:41:34 AM »

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I actually had a flight attendant tell me once that they don't make people turn off electronics because it may interfere with plane communications and operations.  They do it so that you pay attention in case something happens during takeoff and landing.

Yup. That's pretty much it. Plus, in theory, there's that much fewer 'stuff' that could fly around incase something did happen during that point in the flight.

Then can I make the case that the Kindle is lighter than the books I read and therefore is safer?  Would she (or he) listen?
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« Reply #106 on: February 25, 2009, 05:11:10 PM »

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I actually had a flight attendant tell me once that they don't make people turn off electronics because it may interfere with plane communications and operations.  They do it so that you pay attention in case something happens during takeoff and landing.
Yup. That's pretty much it. Plus, in theory, there's that much fewer 'stuff' that could fly around incase something did happen during that point in the flight.
Then can I make the case that the Kindle is lighter than the books I read and therefore is safer?  Would she (or he) listen?

Not in the slightest. Just follow your orders and sit there like the passenger you are.
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« Reply #107 on: March 02, 2009, 12:44:14 PM »

I just ordered a Kindle for my wife for an early graduation present.  It'll be here on Wednesday and I'm excited to play around with it.
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« Reply #108 on: March 02, 2009, 03:08:11 PM »

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The worst time is the 'deadzone' when you can't use electronic devices. How I hate those inflight magazines!  mad

Yes, this is the one downside to having a Kindle instead of a real book.  I still will get one eventually.

Hence why the only power used in the device is when you turn the page which is all of a second.

It is displaying stuff on a screen... it's using power.
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« Reply #109 on: March 02, 2009, 03:28:07 PM »

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Quote from: The Grue on February 25, 2009, 12:12:43 AM

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The worst time is the 'deadzone' when you can't use electronic devices. How I hate those inflight magazines!  mad

Yes, this is the one downside to having a Kindle instead of a real book.  I still will get one eventually.

Hence why the only power used in the device is when you turn the page which is all of a second.

It is displaying stuff on a screen... it's using power.

I can't tell if you're being sarcastic or not.  E Ink is like a fancy Etch-A-Sketch.  Once it draws the screen, it takes no additional power to keep the display as-is.
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« Reply #110 on: March 02, 2009, 03:32:27 PM »

so, some of you guys who got the new one, any impressions?
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« Reply #111 on: March 02, 2009, 05:06:57 PM »

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The worst time is the 'deadzone' when you can't use electronic devices. How I hate those inflight magazines!  mad

Yes, this is the one downside to having a Kindle instead of a real book.  I still will get one eventually.

Hence why the only power used in the device is when you turn the page which is all of a second.

It is displaying stuff on a screen... it's using power.

I can't tell if you're being sarcastic or not.  E Ink is like a fancy Etch-A-Sketch.  Once it draws the screen, it takes no additional power to keep the display as-is.

Yeah, this.  That's why the battery can last so long with the wireless off.
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« Reply #112 on: March 02, 2009, 06:04:01 PM »

I am out of the loop then.  Did the Kindle 1 have this?  That's the only one I saw.
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« Reply #113 on: March 02, 2009, 06:15:59 PM »

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I am out of the loop then.  Did the Kindle 1 have this?  That's the only one I saw.

Yeah, it's been like that since Kindle 1
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« Reply #114 on: March 02, 2009, 07:29:29 PM »

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I am out of the loop then.  Did the Kindle 1 have this?  That's the only one I saw.

I think all E-readers or book readers is like this, why you have that weird flash and then it redraws everything when you switch pages.
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« Reply #115 on: March 02, 2009, 08:24:57 PM »

Splurged and got the Kindle 2 and while I can see it not being for everyone I really love it so far.  Obviously, it's very expensive, ridiculously expensive.  I'm not sure I'll ever really be able to justify the cost, but I've already read a book on it and I can easily give it an A for the reading experience.  For me the flashing between pages is a complete non-issue.  I never noticed it to be honest. Book selection is okay.  That's the only thing that keeps me from being uber excited about my purchase as I've have found books that I would in theory like to download that aren't offered on the Kindle service. 

To be honest, I can't really put my finger on why I like it so much.  It does make reading more convenient, but a part of me wonders if it's some kind of weird honeymoon phase I'm going through with the device.  Anyway, here's my best summary as to why I like the kindle and don't feel like a fool for having bought it.

1.  Ease of use.  I can read and turn pages with one hand.  I can lay it flat and read.  I can read while eating. It's just easier to read with it.
2.  Easy to switch between books.  I did a lot of rotating between three books this weekend.
3.  Having all my books in one place.
4.  The included dictionary is great.  I'm just too lazy to go look up words normally.  This is actually the feature the caused me to bite the bullet and get the kindle in the first place.
5.  Being able to get a new book right after I finish one.  This is good and bad. Sometimes when browsing for books I forget that I actually have to read them too. 
 
So far it has met or exceeded my expectations.  It will be interesting to see if I'm still as enthusiastic in a month.
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« Reply #116 on: March 02, 2009, 10:49:22 PM »

As for not finding a book on Amazon, there are other places you can get books.  Fictionwise.com for instance and just search under 'multiformat'.  They work on your Kindle.  Just a thought.  You are not limited to just Amazon's selection.

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« Reply #117 on: March 02, 2009, 11:00:22 PM »

Quote from: CeeKay on March 02, 2009, 03:32:27 PM

so, some of you guys who got the new one, any impressions?


Awesome.  Reading is sooooooooooooo much easier on it.  Don't even have to use my hands.  Just set it on my lap or on the arm of the couch and tap the next page button, the ability to up the font to 6 or so different sizes, the ease of downloading a book (I ordered Harbinger of Doom and from the time I bought it to when I could read it was 7 seconds).  And you have up to a week to return books too.  I tried it.  I downloaded a book and then turned around and asked for a refund.  Wallah.  It was automatically deleted from my Kindle and I got an email saying my credit card was credited.  Nice. 

As the above poster indicated, there is, for me anyway, no way to ever justify or get your money back on a purchase like this.  This is simply a 'treating myself' kind of thing.  If you flat can't afford it, don't buy it.  I got a nice bonus from work this year, I don't take vacations (haven't in 11 years), don't drink, smoke, my car is 10 years old, etc etc etc.  I felt I could splurge on something like this since I don't spend money on any of that other stuff.  Even then I almost felt guilty.  But you know what, fudge it! 


Only time will tell if it was a mistake.  If in a year or so I breaks or the battery quits taking a charge and I have to spend $200 to get it fixed I will probably rue the day, but for now I think it is very sweet. 

And oh yeah, the blink when changing pages is a complete non issue.  It has been sped up dramatically and I don't even notice it.  Period.   And I have tried the text-to-speech, and while it is not great (kind of electronicky sounding) and every once in awhile a few words meld together and sound funny.  It basically gets the job done.  Ok if you want to continue in the book for a few minutes while you prepare dinner or feed the dogs.  Just one click to turn it on and off.


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« Reply #118 on: March 03, 2009, 02:51:45 AM »

Quote from: CeeKay on March 02, 2009, 03:32:27 PM

so, some of you guys who got the new one, any impressions?

Have the old and new one side by side in front of me.  New on is significantly thinner (at its thickest point, no thicker than the first one's thinnest point, and flat - not wedge shaped), but also significantly larger (taller) - probably by 1/2 inch taller.  Probably better for slipping in a briefcase than the old one.

The scroll wheel and the funky "side window" has been replaced by a track button type thing that moves a cursor around on the screen to select things (the first had a scroll wheel and a side menu).

Haven't done much more than open the package, but initial impressions are that the improvements are very, very evolutionary.  My girlfriend wanted my old one, so I don't mind, but if you have the first one there's no practical reason to upgrade that I can see so far.

One little annoying thing - my first Kindle came with a nice alcantra-type cover.  No such luck this time.  Also, the Kindle 1 packaging was much nicer.
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« Reply #119 on: March 03, 2009, 02:53:58 AM »

How's the contrast ratio for text compare on the two Kindles?
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