David Hines (hradzka) wrote,
David Hines
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Amazon's Kindle

So, let me get this straight.

Amazon has come out with a device that holds a large number of books, has a glare-free e-ink screen, lets you read websites, has batteries that last for ages, and gives you instant encyclopedia access pretty much anywhere.

I am not buying one until they stamp the words "Don't Panic" in large friendly letters on the cover.

(I feel somewhat ahead of the curve here, as when I bought a Handspring Visor about eight years ago the main thing I used it for was reading. I had a train commute, and I downloaded books from Project Gutenberg, put 'em on my Visor, and read happily all the way to and from work. The downside: small type, but I never had a problem with it, and the screen was readable enough. I read a hell of a lot onscreen, but in all honesty I won't get a dedicated e-book reader, even Amazon's -- their prices are too high for objects that don't have to be published, packed, or shipped, and I like knowing that I keep a hardcopy version that'll be preserved even if Amazon.com goes out of business. While the Kindle has some nice features, an ebook reader just doesn't make sense for me unless it does one thing the Kindle doesn't: FIT IN MY POCKET. I like not having to carry a knapsack everywhere, and while the Kindle does a lot of stuff, fitting into a pocket ain't one of 'em.)
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