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post #16 of 56
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I'm ordering one this week.  I'm not getting an extended warranty simply because every time I've purchased a warranty for anything the device either lasted forever or broke miraculously right after said extended warranty expired...basically I'm breaking a mirror and walking under a ladder to see what happens.


It's more important to get a case or cover for it. The one Amazon sells is pretty good, but you can get one for half as much on ebay that's also real leather. I would have settled for a neoprene sleeve but the book type cases make it easier to hold.
 

post #17 of 56

There are an incredible number of books available now for free. When I bought a nook for my sister... I remember looking into that. Project Guttenberg and Google have done an excellent job. Now I dont know if the Kindle cant access that huge library or not.

The other thing to look into is digital checkouts from most public libraries in the US. It is free and most of them can borrow from each others collection... and its pretty easy!

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There are an incredible number of books available now for free. When I bought a nook for my sister... I remember looking into that. Project Guttenberg and Google have done an excellent job. Now I dont know if the Kindle cant access that huge library or not.

The other thing to look into is digital checkouts from most public libraries in the US. It is free and most of them can borrow from each others collection... and its pretty easy!


Wow, I hadn't heard of PG.  It says that 33K titles are available for various platforms including Kindle.  Way cool! thanks

post #19 of 56

I used to help out at PG for a while in the late 90s, when they were building the collection. It is a great idea... 

If you like it and use enough books from them... think about donating a buck or 2.

Enjoy!
 

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Wow, I hadn't heard of PG.  It says that 33K titles are available for various platforms including Kindle.  Way cool! thanks

post #20 of 56

 

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 The other thing to look into is digital checkouts from most public libraries in the US

 

Except that most libraries use epub which isn't recognized on the Kindle. They can't be converted either since the files are protected. Some libraries do offer mobi files, and while these are also usually protected, there are ways of getting around it by running Python scripts. Lack of epub support is probably the biggest complaint among Kindle users

post #21 of 56

Most of the books I got in stores are more expensive in paperback than e-book.  When I got my Kindle last week, I had to "obtain" e-book copies of two books.  One was already in progress and the other was bought at the same time, and I won't pay for a book twice.

 

I still need a case for it, I'm using the nice microfiber bag that my A5 speakers came in.

 

If you guys have the graphite color Kindle 3, have your letters been wearing off the keyboard already?  Quite a few reports of that.

 

And do you feel the need for a screen protector?  I'm still on the fence about one.

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Most of the books I got in stores are more expensive in paperback than e-book.  When I got my Kindle last week, I had to "obtain" e-book copies of two books.  One was already in progress and the other was bought at the same time, and I won't pay for a book twice.

 

I still need a case for it, I'm using the nice microfiber bag that my A5 speakers came in.

 

If you guys have the graphite color Kindle 3, have your letters been wearing off the keyboard already?  Quite a few reports of that.

 

And do you feel the need for a screen protector?  I'm still on the fence about one.

I've not seen any problems with the letters on my Kindles KB.  And I see no reason to get a screen protector since I got a case.  I almost never even get any fingerprints on my screen.
 

post #23 of 56

Avid reader here, since 4th grade, now 51.  A lotta dead trees for my reading addiction through the years.  I have enjoyed the kindle2 for the past year and a half.  I also got an iPad this spring, and the kindle still wins hands down in reading convenience, unless the light is too low, then the ipad wins.  If travelling, I will read on the iPad, to just carry the one device, although, I am pretty adept at reading on the Droid with the Kindle app as well, the iPad has so many other uses that if having to pick one, the iPad would win.  With the price lowering of the Kindle3, its a easy thing to get if you are a serious reader like me.

 

That being said, the midline price for the not-brand-new titles was 6.99 and 7.99, and its up to 9.99 now that the iPad and iReader are going strong.  I would like to remind folks that new paperbacks are nearing ten bucks also.

post #24 of 56

gaaa, stfu people.  i dont know why but i just so want one.  ive already got a PRS-600 but there is just something inside making me want a kindle even if i have no idea what id do with it and you people are soooo not helping

 

 

any one care to comment how they compare the the 600 if anyone has both?

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I've not seen any problems with the letters on my Kindles KB.  And I see no reason to get a screen protector since I got a case.  I almost never even get any fingerprints on my screen.
 


I don't either, but I'm sure the occasional spit or whatever will end up on it.  I guess as long as I blow the dust off and use a microfiber cloth to wipe it I should be ok, the screen seems similar to a matte monitor and those aren't that easy to scratch with basic cleaning.

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gaaa, stfu people.  i dont know why but i just so want one.  ive already got a PRS-600 but there is just something inside making me want a kindle even if i have no idea what id do with it and you people are soooo not helping

 

 

any one care to comment how they compare the the 600 if anyone has both?


Muahahaha!!!

 

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I don't either, but I'm sure the occasional spit or whatever will end up on it.  I guess as long as I blow the dust off and use a microfiber cloth to wipe it I should be ok, the screen seems similar to a matte monitor and those aren't that easy to scratch with basic cleaning.

It is like a anti-glare LCD. If your Kindle get's handled a lot, and by more than one person, then a screen protector might be a good idea.

post #27 of 56

Mine should be here today.  I ordered the cheapest model simply because I could care less about downloading on the go and it had the best battery life.  Since I primarily studied literature in college, the prospect of free classics appeals to me and with a battery that last a whole month the kindle finally seems like a no-brainer.

post #28 of 56

Anyone feel the screen is too dark?

 

Works well in very good/bright light but I thought it would be better in 'normal' home lighting.

post #29 of 56

So far I am less than impressed with the ebook selection and feel I should have looked deeper before ordering the Kindle.  I'm sure other authors will spring to mind but so far I can't find much from William Faulkner or Kurt Vonnegut, two of my favorite authors, even at the pay sites.

post #30 of 56

My 3G Kindle3 froze after I signed in to MSN mail. But for books it's excellent, saving money on books and selection is the best feature. Amazon is just amazing.

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