Friday, April 4, 2008

I'm warming to the Amazon Kindle

I'm really beginning to like the idea of the Kindle. I'm not completely sold on it, but if you were to give me $400 and an iPhone I'd probably buy a Kindle.
I hear it is easy to read, it's light weight, and the battery lasts a long time. The other thing I really like about the Kindle is how the technology is integrated into a very simple interface. You just turn it on and it works, there aren't cables or any other technical barriers to keep people from using it.
I like the idea that I could be at my parents' farm and read news and my favorite blogs. Maybe I could enjoy more than 36 hours out there without feeling like I'm missing the party.
Lastly, I'd love to be able to get a book and just read it. At my house we have an inflow of about 5 weekly magazines, a handful of monthly magazines and a few quarterlies. That's not even counting the trade rags that get sent to my house that I don't read.
What I'm trying to say is that books and magazines take up space and they're only really any good at the moment when you read them. The rest of the time the magazines vy for position in one of the magazine racks, or they're thrown in to the recycling pile. Print is wasteful.
Lastly, the thing about Kindle that I like is the fact that Amazon is not trying to nickel and dime the customers with Kindle's hype. They include the wireless access in the price and the book prices are cheaper than regular books.

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