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Discussion in 'off topic' started by Jonathan Ribee, Oct 22, 2009.

  1. Jonathan Ribee

    Jonathan Ribee Unavailable at present

    I've been using an Amazon Kindle for a couple of days now it's finally made it over the pond.

    It's very TNG. Poke my eyes out and call me Jordie LaForge.

    The actual reading experience is pretty good. Download speed is good on the 3G link. Browsing the store via 3G is a little slow. I could always use the computer I guess.

    The range of titles available seems a bit weak still. Typing is Murakami and getting zero hits doesn't seem to good. Classics OK and "Richard and Judy" bestsellers OK - but serious modern novels seem to be sparse.

    Any of our North American brethren use on of these and tried alternative sources for books other than the Amazon store?

  2. Alex S

    Alex S pfm Member

    Arghhh - I saw you as a proper book, pipe, slippers man...
  3. Jonathan Ribee

    Jonathan Ribee Unavailable at present


    I'm running out of places to put bookshelves. :)

    I did pick up a "legacy" book just now and had to adjust to complicated page turning. How do people deal with having to interact with the physical media in this way!!! :)

    I am just testing it to see how useful it is. I can get newspapers, books, my own or business partners documents on it easily. The magazine choice is crap. There are only about a quarter of a million books available. Any novel (not a very recent release) seems to be about $4.

    Quite difficult to lend people a book.

    Last night I was laid on the sofa reading my Kindle and controlling streamed music from my mac via express/V-Dac controlled by an iPod Touch. I'm a Techno Tart!

    (Oddly - the big downside is it doesn't smell like a book)

  4. Joe P

    Joe P certified Buffologist / mod


    Pah! I'm still on legacy scrolls.

  5. Martin D

    Martin D Libertarian Division

  6. Jonathan Ribee

    Jonathan Ribee Unavailable at present

    Yeah - early adopters get screwed. I was looking for a suitable solution over a year ago and was found the kindle the best in terms of function + books, but then it was annoyingly US only. The Sony seemed OK - but wasn't compatible with the mac.

    The complete works of Shakespeare for $3.44 isn't bad. Hardback bestsellers more like $13. Also - US editions, US spelling and different names for the same book sometimes.

    I assume we will eventually get convergence of some kind of tablet PC device that will run a decent browser and have a screen you can read stuff on easily. In the same way the iPhone can be you music player, satnav, web browser, mail reader, handy portable apps - oh - and a phone apparently.

    Interesting experiment though. The actual reading stuff on it part is good. Which is probably the hardest thing to get right.

    The portability thing.


    A Kindle is a theoretical 1.5x of the above in terms of storage. Hell, if it turns out to only be 0.5 I'd be OK with it.

    Mostly it's the limited range of titles that is bugging me. You can normally find just about anything from an online book retailer. Then get it delivered. To be reading it one minute after you bought it is great - but the choice is crap at the moment.
  7. Joe P

    Joe P certified Buffologist / mod


    Is the screen high res and easy to read?

  8. Joe Hutch

    Joe Hutch Can you hear Talvin Singh?

    Speaking of the range of titles, any chance of taking that photo from a different angle so I can read the spines of the books? Cheers!
  9. Martin D

    Martin D Libertarian Division

    ;) Or scanning them all
  10. Anex

    Anex Señor Member

    The screens are a bit like an etcha-sketch, so resolution doesn't really come into it. It uses magnetic ink and pulls it all into place to create the words / pictures. They're really nice to look at it, I'd be interested in using one as a secondary screen for work as I spend most of the day reading.

    JR - are you sure the Sony isn't Mac compatible? My dad got one a little while ago, seemed to indicate it was in the instructions, just wasn't very clear about it on the box. You can also move everything around on memory cards no?
  11. Jonathan Ribee

    Jonathan Ribee Unavailable at present


    Text is easy. It can do reasonable grey scale diagrams. This is one of it's screen savers (as it costs energy to change the screen but not to keep the text there)


    The above looks approx actual size on my screen.

  12. Jonathan Ribee

    Jonathan Ribee Unavailable at present

    Hah! Difficult. Because of where these particular bookshelves are...


    I'll have a go at blowing up that previous one.
  13. Jonathan Ribee

    Jonathan Ribee Unavailable at present

    Yeah - 12 months ago the Sony definitely said it wasn't mac compatible - but you did have to search a bit to get that info. Might have changed - would only be software. The Sony uses memory cards.

    You can move things that don't have copy protection on and off the kindle as if it was a USB drive. So anything you can convert into a mobi file you can stick on the kindle. Through your amazon.com account you can email a doc there and convert it, then download it wireless through the 3G link or wire to an internet connected pc. Not all pdfs I think - only simple ones. But just about anything else. You can archieve anything from your kindle back to Amazon and download it when you need it.

    Nifty device. Limited book choice as yet.

    I'll bring it along on Saturday so you can have a play.
  14. Jonathan Ribee

    Jonathan Ribee Unavailable at present

    Not going to get anything better than this before daylight...

  15. Tigerjones

    Tigerjones Bagpuss

    Your house looks well inviting, JR.
  16. Joe Hutch

    Joe Hutch Can you hear Talvin Singh?

    Thanks! Some good stuff there.

    I have a similar book overflow thing going on, made by worse by having three students in the family. Kindle may save my life*

    * From Leonard Bast-style death-by-falling-bookcase.
  17. Joe P

    Joe P certified Buffologist / mod


    The display looks far better than I imagined. Tempting, but I'm still partial to legacy print technology.

  18. Joe Hutch

    Joe Hutch Can you hear Talvin Singh?

    You do realise that in a couple years time there'll be no support for legacy reading systems?
  19. Joe P

    Joe P certified Buffologist / mod


    Thatz unpossible,,,, Y U say that?


  20. Joe Hutch

    Joe Hutch Can you hear Talvin Singh?

    Mheh! Another legacy reader bites the dust.

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