To Kindle or not to Kindle; that is the?

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To Kindle or not to Kindle; that is the?

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tammikuu 30, 2010, 5:12 pm

Any thoughts?

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 30, 2010, 5:48 pm

I was very much against the idea until I moved 1,500+ books a year ago and thought "Screw this!"

I only just got my Kindle, and I love it. It's particularly awesome if you can consider yourself computer savvy at all, so you can ride P2P torrent sites like Demonoid for all they're worth. I've gone a little mad with enthusiasm and downloaded over 1,000 books already, only paying a couple dollars for the complete Henry Haggard and Lovecraft collections; the rest I just...ehm...stole. :) I'll definitely pay for more as time goes. The mobilereference packages for older authors are fantastic. For only a couple of dollars, you can get every single novel by Charles Dickens or Herman Melville, whoever, in one file, with an active table of contents, listing the novels in order of publication or however you want it.

Amazon's way of organizing your purchases whether from the site or on the Kindle itself is more than a little weak as of now (they'll definitely fix it), but there's a very neat little program called calibre that lets you keep track of your digital library, edit it however you please, &c., and even convert numerous files like .rtf or .txt or whatever you have to .mobi--the file type Kindle was made for--with the click of a button.

Things like the non-replaceable battery and the lack of .pdf support had me antsy, thinkin' I should wait until the Kindle 3 comes out, but Amazon's already started patching the Kindle 2, showing they'll probably stick with it for a while longer--the battery-life in current models was recently doubled, and they now support .pdf files--although you can't yet write any notes on them. The battery itself will last at least ten years before you need to replace it, at which time e-readers will be a whole hell of a lot cheaper, or you can just use Google for help and crack the thing open against Amazon's wishes, replace the battery your own self. But by that time you'll probably already have replaced it with a newer, cheaper model, which doesn't really bother me: I'll still get my money's worth.

It's definitely convenient, and I'd be more than happy to share any books with you. You just plug it into your computer, open it up, and drop any .mobi files into it. It's very easy.

(Also, the screen really is as good as they say at mimicking paper. I have no problems forgetting that I'm not reading a book. It's comfy.)

tammikuu 30, 2010, 5:47 pm

I gave my husband a Kindle, but for some reason, I just can't yet commit. Reading the above, however, certainly makes me consider it.

tammikuu 30, 2010, 9:27 pm

I want very much to buy in to the Kindle (had a similar experience to RSH when I ripped my absurd, backbreaking music collection to my comp, sold off the physical cds, paid off my student loand with the proceeds, and filled the newly empty shelves with, uh, books) but I just can't until I can use it in the bath, not to mention the rain. I live in Vancouver for God's sake.

tammikuu 31, 2010, 3:12 pm

I use mine for traveling and it is wonderful for that. Saves so much money on excess baggage charges caused by dozens of books. And it was great to obtain all of Dickens for $0.99. So far, however, Amazon has no Faulkner for the Kindle, which is a major disappointment. I would say that my major disappointment is that I can't read exactly what I want to read when I want to read it on the Kindle. But that is changing with time.

tammikuu 31, 2010, 3:17 pm


I've managed to get a couple Faulkner novels in a great Kindle format. If you want I could e-mail them to you.

-Absalom, Absalom!
-As I Lay Dying
-Intruder in the Dust
-Light in August
-The Reivers

tammikuu 31, 2010, 11:10 pm

Book-type things I don't think you can do with a Kindle:

1. Hollow out the interior in order to hide a small gun or a file for when you visit your cousin in prison.

2. Prop it up on your desk to hide your copy of Penthouse from the English teacher.

3. Dog ear a page to show where you left off last night.

4. Prop up the short leg of a catewampus chair. (Actually, I guess you could, but that would be kind of expensive.)

5. Keep yourself warm by burning it your stove -- like Rodolfo in Act I of La Boheme.

6. Riffle the pages in your face to cool yourself off on a hot day.

helmikuu 3, 2010, 10:03 am

# 6: Gosh, Todd, that would be wonderful! I will pm you to discuss details.

helmikuu 16, 2010, 11:48 am

>7 jburlinson:: Very good. Made me laugh out loud.

Just started using a kindle (a borrowed one) while traveling. I am reading Crime and Punishment, and I have to say I am totally smitten by this machine. I bought the book for $2 (instead of getting it free), so I could have the text-to-voice function (and listen to a robot read it). I didn't end up using that.

Although it is a bit too gray to my eye, it's so light and handy, easier to carry in my purse, read on the train or in bed, and I never lose my place. I love the way I can look at the meaning of a word without leaving the text. I think people might resist because they think it is an either/or thing. You don't have to give up your beloved books because you have a kindle. I see it as an alternative, best for travel. For that, it is miraculous. But I still have 100 unread books on my shelves, so I don't need to buy any, but I love a lot of authors that I can get free (i.e., Dickens).

Can you imagine, as a student, having all your textbooks on a kindle each semester? Carrying only that from class to class and home? Would that transform your life?

I may buy, but want to research first, and maybe wait for the next gen. There are five ebooks gaining ground out there, and I want the best one.

helmikuu 24, 2010, 2:17 am

I take it there's no way to download the books you already own to Kindle. So if I want to re-read something, I have to buy it -- again?

helmikuu 25, 2010, 2:42 pm

You mean ebooks, Gautherbelle? yes, you can. I have some other ebooks on my computer from other sources which I was able to transfer to the kindle.

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 25, 2010, 4:19 pm

I am thinking you mean converting your paper books to Kindle, right, gautherbelle? I think if you want a paper book that is still in print, you'd probably need to buy it again for the Kindle. However, it isn't either/or. You could buy new books for the Kindle, and read old books in paper. And really old books (i.e., before 1920) can often be purchased free in ebook versions.

helmikuu 25, 2010, 5:13 pm


helmikuu 26, 2010, 5:46 am

for example, on my Kindle I have all of Dickens and all of austen, purchased for less than $1 in total. :D
The problem with the Kindle, though, is that not every new book is available on it, so you do end up with a missmash.