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February 12th, 2009 (09:52 pm)
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I am currently SORELY tempted by the Kindle 2.

I like the dimensions of Sony's Reader better, but the ability to access blogs and newspapers on the Kindle has seriously tipped the scale in its favor. I've been seriously considering an ebook reader for a while, as I've been doing huge amounts of business travel of late, with a lot of riding in cars, and it'd be glorious to not have to figure out if I've packed enough books for the trip. This is, as all serious bookhounds know, a real problem. A Kindle would take up way less space. And the new text-to-speech thing is pretty damn sweet, too.

Anybody else seriously considering one? I got to check out a Kindle 1 belonging to a friend of badmagic's, and I thought it was pretty neat. I didn't have as much practical use for one then, though.

ETA: Pre-ordered. I HAVE GIVEN IN TO TEMPTATION.

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Posted by: Mara (marag)
Posted at: February 13th, 2009 03:08 am (UTC)
Geek chic

I love love love my Kindle 1. It lives permanently in my purse and I know that wherever I am (say...the hospital), I have reading material.

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Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: February 13th, 2009 03:34 am (UTC)
cameron thinky

1) I don't really need most of smartphone's functions that much, and the web stuff is included in the Kindle cost; no bills except when you buy stuff.

2) How are smartphone screens to read in bright light? Because I do so much work outside, and so much travel, this is a big issue for me.

Posted by: Joe Morrison (argonel)
Posted at: February 13th, 2009 04:44 am (UTC)

I can't speak about smartphones. However I love the screen on my Nokia internet tablet. I have the n800, which is similar to having an iPhone without the phone part. I have two 8Gb SD cards in mine, so I can carry a ridiculous amount of music and my entire ebook collection. Additionaly it has a built in backlight with adjustable brightness, perfect for reading in bed.

Posted by: Aiglet (aiglet)
Posted at: February 13th, 2009 02:32 pm (UTC)

I use my iPhone as an ebook reader, and it's done pretty well in low-light situations. It automatically tries to adjust the screen for the light conditions, and I think it does a pretty good job. I use this, which lets me access Gutenberg OTA along with some pay sites and some other free ones, and load on my own stuff from the desktop (so that's what I'm expecting for any ebook reader as a default feature set).

I think that a really good smartphone (I can only speak to the iPhone, but I suspect this is universal) is a singularity of some sort. I didn't want or need one until I had it, and now I can't get rid of it -- I'd be lost and out of touch all the time. The data plan is only $20/month on top of the voice plan, so since I don't have all that many minutes on my plan it's not particularly expensive, and it's deeply weird (although good) to not have to bring a book anywhere anymore, or pack my computer if I'm not going to have to do work or be gone long enough for reading LJ on that screen to drive me crazy.

The iPod Touch will run the same functionality, but then you can't get books OTA unless you're at a network point.

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: February 13th, 2009 05:49 pm (UTC)

Low-light isn't an issue for me; I spend lots of time in the sun, so high-light readability is a big one.

I am holding off on a smartphone for a while yet, as I am wringing every bit of use out of my crappy cell that I can get. I may think about it when this one dies. But yeah, I can see how useful it'd be.

(When that day comes, I plan to name my smartphone "Mother Box.")

Posted by: tried to eat the safe banana (thefourthvine)
Posted at: February 13th, 2009 04:46 am (UTC)
I sleep with computers.

I have a Kindle 1, and I'm seriously considering the Kindle 2 (the Kindle 1 would then become Best Beloved's). Admittedly, my current main reason for using it is, shall we say, almost certainly not going to be yours - I probably spend 7 hours a day reading on the thing while I'm breastfeeding the earthling.

Still. I anticipate having a lot of use for it even after the earthling is weaned, and I can testify to its serious awesomeness. It's the only ebook reader that I've really liked. And the Kindle 2 fixes all my (minor) complaints about Kindle 1, so - yeah. I'd get one. It would be amazing not to have to tote your body weight in books along on every trip. (Or, okay, when I used to travel a lot, that's what I did.)

Posted by: Seperis (seperis)
Posted at: February 13th, 2009 01:46 pm (UTC)

I've been staring at it with a dazed expression. I just have no words for how the very idea of being able to carry enough to read on flights does good things for me.

Posted by: Perri (neonhummingbird)
Posted at: February 13th, 2009 03:05 pm (UTC)
trust harper

I just broke down and bought one of the first-generation Kindles people are dumping on Amazon so they can buy generation 2. I have a few long plane trips coming up and, honestly, I haven't bought a new toy in so long. I figure I can play with this for a year or two at a bargain price, then buy generation 3 if I like it. :)

Posted by: Jayman (smjayman)
Posted at: February 13th, 2009 06:56 pm (UTC)

Doesn't the Kindle only support proprietary format books? i.e. what about PDFs or other things?

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: February 13th, 2009 07:00 pm (UTC)

It's not 100% on PDFs, but it's getting better at them. If the thing read .crbs or .cbzs, my life would be essentially complete.

It does let you view images, so I might have to play with that a bit.

Posted by: Jayman (smjayman)
Posted at: February 13th, 2009 07:01 pm (UTC)

I'm going to wait for a 3.0 or whichever supports more formats. I like the idea, just not quite sold on the current execution.

Posted by: deranged energy metabolism (unrequitedangst)
Posted at: February 19th, 2009 10:30 pm (UTC)
my computer is craaaashing

Just FYI:

You've probably already heard that Amazon has its own PDF conversion service, but I've had much better luck doing it myself with the Mobipocket converter.

The Kindle screen does much, much better with line art than it does with color, but I believe Kindle 2 has 16 tones versus Kindle 1's 4, so your mileage may vary on final readability. Either way, you can make comics Kindle-ready by using Mangle--just unzip the CBR/ZIP and convert the images, then drag the whole folder to Kindle through USB.

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