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Opinion: Kindle ramp surprises amateur pundit
8/10/2009 05:00 PM EDT
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bdunphy
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bdunphy   8/11/2009 8:12:17 PM
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I am an avid reader and have owned a Kindle for about a year and love it! I actually prefer the Kindle to paper books and am disappointed if a book I want to buy is not available on the Kindle. Since I buy a ton a books and the cost/book is cheaper on Kindle, I have more than recouped the cost of the Kindle in price savings of the books - although I do wish that there was a friends/family ability to share one's Kindle library. The Kindle is much lighter and easier to manage than a paper book and it is especially great for travel as I would normally carry multiple books. The battery life is excellent - days - especially if you turn off the transmitter when you are not shopping for books. So I only need to carry the charger on long trips I also like the ability to adjust the font size - larger when I am tired. I truly hope that the student/text book market for Kindle gets traction as I have to believe that those heavy backpacks of text books that my children are now forced to carry can't be good for their backs long-term.I have probably sold many Kindles for amazon.com by showing mine to friends, fellow airplane passengers and such. I'm actually surprised that amazon has not explored a retail outlet as I believe that many people could get past the high entry cost if they were able to play with a Kindle prior to purchasing.

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memeB   8/11/2009 8:01:05 PM
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A CD is not the same as a MP3 file. Now look at the CD and MP3 market. With Kindle you have almost an entire library with you or most of what you want to read in that period. Can't lug around more than 2 books at a time. To be fair there are many restrictions on an DRM'd ebook that I don't like. When buying a book I always prefer an ebook over a traditional one. I pre-ordered my Kindle 2 when it was announced at $360 six months ago. And I still like it. There is no doubt in my mind it will be a huge market once the price of the reader falls below $150. But again there are way more people listening to music than people reading books. memeB

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PAJeff   8/11/2009 8:00:21 PM
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Wireless downloads and no need to have a computer involved. I believe that is what is driving Kindle sales. My wife and siter both have Kindles and that is what they both like the most. You do not have to be computer savvy to use a Kindle.

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Mohammed Hamed   8/11/2009 7:09:55 PM
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You know what's good about a book? You can store it anywhere, you can throw it around, you can fall asleep on it without fear of crushing it, you can mark it with whatever pencil or marker lying next to, you don't fear of it getting scratched or running out of batteries, and finally you can share it and pass it around. Until Kindle can do all that, I'm not paying the hefty price for it.

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w_greene   8/11/2009 1:14:49 PM
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I've never thought much of paying a large sum for a E-reader then paying prices comparable to paper books for the electronic book. Especially if the electronic book is in a proprietary format. Amazon has started to address some of the other risk issues of using this kind of thing by keeping records of what you buy and allowing you to get copies if your E-Reader bites the dust. But the greatest issue to me is the same issue I have with music and videos: If I've bought it once, I don't feel that I should every have to buy it again. That I've bought rights to the content, and not the medium on which it is acquired.

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The Artful Bodger   8/11/2009 11:02:42 AM
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To me "E-Book Readers" are ancient history. I have been using so-called "Smart Phones" for most of the 2K's and they come with Microsofts E-Book reader (or it is easily installed). Many Books exists in the required Formats and are easily found, formats like PDF etc. take some effort to convert. The only reason I do not think the Kindle and it's like will take off is the simple fact that no-one actually reads anything anymore, at least not among mass market consumers. Their reading needs are covered by Blogs, Trivia and other shallower than though stuff from the major net outlets and it's all free.

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timbo_test   8/11/2009 8:43:53 AM
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I agree with you John! I looked at a Sony ebook reader almost two years ago. The form-factor was OK, but even at the attractive offer price ($199, I think) it did not tempt me. It could and should have been so much more - a communicator, a navigator, and a fully functional personal organizer. If it just replaces a book (or even a library of books, then you/we/I am going to be carrying all that other stuff as well and frankly I'd rather carry a (paper) book and a smartphone than an e-book reader, a dumbphone phone, an organizer and a pile of charger adaptors to keep everything topped up!

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John Hennessy   8/10/2009 10:37:52 PM
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Logically e-book readers should succeed.To do so, they have to feel like conventional books, but better. You have to be able to read them in the back of the cab going to Hsinchu. They need to be able to transform magically into just about any book you want. They have to be cheaper than ... well that is one key question. Eventually you will be able to buy a reader plus (say) 20 recent books for $100. Then they will blossom. Why is it taking so long. Well the Sony reader was a dog with appalling marketing. I tried one in the flagship Ginza Sony store and I was truly disappointed. I hope they have gotten better in both regards (Howard Stringer - can you hear me!) John Hennessy

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