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post #21 of 104
I've had my Kindle since January, and I adore it! It's very easy to use, almost every book I've wanted has been available, it's cheaper to buy books on there than in stores, etc. SO great!!

I lent it to my mom a few weeks ago, and she loved it too -- so much that I bought her one for Mother's Day.
post #22 of 104
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Not being able to get a new battery concerns me. That is probably enough to keep me from getting a Kindle. I would probably use it a lot- I read a ton, and if I have to shell out the money for a brand new one every time I run out the battery- that stinks!
post #23 of 104
The batteries do live a long time, though. Like - years. So not toooo frequent.
post #24 of 104
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Originally Posted by momo7 View Post
Also..you can buy a new battery for the Nook when the old one won't charge anymore. ($14.95). With a Kindle you can't do that. You will have to buy a whole new Kindle unless you get the two year warranty..and then you still can't replace the battery. They will send you a new one.
Actually, I don't think this is true - Amazon sells a replacement battery for the Kindle 2 on their site. It was hard to find, but it is there: http://www.amazon.com/Battery-Amazon...tp_st_edpp_url
post #25 of 104
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Originally Posted by Owen'nZoe View Post
Actually, I don't think this is true - Amazon sells a replacement battery for the Kindle 2 on their site. It was hard to find, but it is there: http://www.amazon.com/Battery-Amazon...tp_st_edpp_url
Thanks for the link!!
post #26 of 104
Bunnyflakes -- this may be obvious but I feel the need to mention that it is a rechargeable battery which lasts about 2 weeks per charge. I do understand your concern, but it seems to be a great battery. )
post #27 of 104
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Bunnyflakes -- this may be obvious but I feel the need to mention that it is a rechargeable battery which lasts about 2 weeks per charge. I do understand your concern, but it seems to be a great battery. )
Oh good point!!! And the latest software update rocked because it made the battery use less resources, so it lasts longer.
post #28 of 104
Thanks for all the info! When you store a book on your computer, do you just copy it over? Or is there a process for moving it over?

I looked into the sharing issue and actually emailed Amazon about it. They said that when you purchase an ebook, you do not actually 'own' the book. You are purchasing the rights to access the book through your kindle. When you purchase a book for your kindle, a serial number is embedded in the book. The serial number is tied to your kindle, so the book will not open on any kindle not tied to your amazon account. In fact, if for any reason your amazon account was deleted, or if you untied the kindle from your current account and tied it to a different account, you would no longer have access to the books you yourself purchased.

On further research, there are programs you can use to remove the serial number from the book and convert it to another format so it could be shared with friends, but my guess would be that this is not legal.
post #29 of 104
Apparently the iPad has some very cool e-reading capabilities. I know it's a more expensive option, but dang, it can do some cool stuff. We're getting the 3G iPad, which I believe will be on the market in a couple of days.

Check out Alice in Wonderland e-reading on the iPad! So cool.
post #30 of 104
I've had my Kindle 2 for a little more than a year and I am still in love.
post #31 of 104
I am really on the fence about getting a Kindle2. I love books and usually read about 2 a week. But I am also a book stalker- meaning if I know that a certain book I want comes out on Tuesday. Well I am already on the phone with my bookstore making sure they get in so I have it that day. Are books available as soon as they are released or is there a couple days wait? Is it like reading off of a computer screen? Because my eyes get really sensitive to that type of lighting. I'm assuming most any book you can think of you can get correct? I have certain genre's and authors that I like and want to make sure their books are available.
post #32 of 104
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Originally Posted by Starr View Post
I am really on the fence about getting a Kindle2. I love books and usually read about 2 a week. But I am also a book stalker- meaning if I know that a certain book I want comes out on Tuesday. Well I am already on the phone with my bookstore making sure they get in so I have it that day. Are books available as soon as they are released or is there a couple days wait? Is it like reading off of a computer screen? Because my eyes get really sensitive to that type of lighting. I'm assuming most any book you can think of you can get correct? I have certain genre's and authors that I like and want to make sure their books are available.
The new books that I've bought came out the same day as the actual book.

No, the Kindle isn't back lit like a computer. It's just like reading a piece of paper. If you are in the dark, you will need a light.
post #33 of 104
Just a gentle reminder-- if it's "not exactly legal," you can't post directions on how to do it here on MDC.
post #34 of 104
Reposting. Sorry Annettemarie!

I got a Kindle 2 for Christmas and I LOVE it. I keep a backup of all the books and files that I have on my kindle on my computer. I don't like the idea of amazon having complete control over my Kindle, so this is how I get around that.

The kindle is not back lit, but that is one of the thing I like about it. I can read outside in the bright sunlight and there is absolutely no glare. If I want to read when it is dark, I just use a book light, which I would have to do with a paper book anyway.

I do agree that the major con of the Kindle is that there is no organization feature, but from the looks of it, there should be a software update for that soon. http://www.teleread.org/2009/11/20/q...o-get-folders/ In the meantime, here is a simple trick to work around the organization thing. http://ireaderreview.com/2009/06/13/...rs-workaround/
post #35 of 104
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Originally Posted by Owen'nZoe View Post
Thanks for all the info! When you store a book on your computer, do you just copy it over? Or is there a process for moving it over?
Copying a backup of your Kindle books to your computer is easy. When you connect your Kindle with the USB cable it opens a folder with a list of everything on your Kindle (kind of like when you put a cd ROM in the drive). After that you can just copy and paste the information to anywhere on your computer. Very easy!
post #36 of 104
I have a Kindle 2 -- a Christmas present -- and I love it!
  • It holds charge for ages, so you don't need to carry the charger with you.
    Very easy on the eyes. I think it's actually more readable than a printed book, and I think I read faster.
    I get the New Yorker on it, dirt cheap compared to the physical magazine. It just magically appears every Sunday night.
    So easy to use -- and a little TOO easy to buy new books ...
    Amazon offers tons of public-domain books for free.
    Light, thin, makes it easy to carry a ton of books.

There are a few drawbacks, IMO:
  • Many, many things I want are not available as eBooks.
    Some books are sloppily formatted -- typos, weird spacing, etc.
    I hate not being able to lend or give away books when I'm done with them.
    Pictures and diagrams don't display terribly well, although for most of the things I read that's not much of an issue.
post #37 of 104
My Grandfather got me a Kindle for Christmas two years ago, but I've used it maybe two-three times.

I understand why he got it for me. I read all the time, always have. Ever since I was a little girl I've always carried a book with me. Everywhere. My mother used to get very annoyed with me because at parties nine times out of ten I would be in the corner with my book of the moment.

Theoretically, I should love the Kindle. I mean, I love the concept. But it's kind of like music downloads for me. A purchase off of iTunes isn't the same as holding the actual CD, booklet and all in your hands. I love the smell of a new book, how crisp the pages feel underneath my fingers when I turn a page. I even collect rare books.

I've always said that books were my first true love and I mean that wholeheartedly. With the Kindle, I kind of felt like I was cheating on bookshelf, if that makes any sense.
post #38 of 104
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Originally Posted by Owen'nZoe View Post
Here's what I don't like:
- Kindle is not compatible with my library's e-book system. Sony's e-reader is.
just catching up on this great thread & had a couple ?s...

owennzoe-can you tell me more about the library e-book system? i have been hesitant to go for any of these ereaders because i do use our library often. i am in a book club that meets monthly & 75% of the time i do find the book at the library. but if i could "download" it from my library, i might be sold!

can anyone tell me whether or not you can "get" a book onto your e-reader if you already own it? for example, i just purchased "the help" today because there is a loooong wait at my library for it. since i own the actual book now, is there a way to get it digitally for free now? (i guess this would be just like owning a cd & being able to rip it to itunes)

i didnt realize there was an iphone kindle app-gotta take a look at that!
post #39 of 104
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Originally Posted by ellairiesmom View Post
owennzoe-can you tell me more about the library e-book system? i have been hesitant to go for any of these ereaders because i do use our library often. i am in a book club that meets monthly & 75% of the time i do find the book at the library. but if i could "download" it from my library, i might be sold!

can anyone tell me whether or not you can "get" a book onto your e-reader if you already own it? for example, i just purchased "the help" today because there is a loooong wait at my library for it. since i own the actual book now, is there a way to get it digitally for free now? (i guess this would be just like owning a cd & being able to rip it to itunes)
For your first question, I'll just tell you what I've read, because my Kindle is not compatible with my library's e-lending program, so I've never tried it. It sounds like when you take out an ebook, you download it to your ereader. You get a certain period of time to read it (2 weeks, for example), then the rights transfer back to the library and the copy you downloaded will no longer open. Most libraries offer books in epub format, and it does look like the popular books have waiting lists, just like you would have for a paper copy.

As for getting a free copy of books you've already purchased on paper - no, I'm afraid not. You'd need to repurchase the books in electronic format. Luckily, though, the electronic version is usually cheaper than the paper version.
post #40 of 104
An FYI about ereader formats --

As long as a book does not have DRM (Digital Rights Management) attached to it, you can legally convert many books into a format your ereader can display if it is for personal use only. DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) makes removing DRM from ebooks illegal in the US, but the U.S. Copyright Office does allow for some exemptions --
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4. Literary works distributed in ebook format when all existing ebook editions of the work (including digital text editions made available by authorized entities) contain access controls that prevent the enabling either of the book’s read-aloud function or of screen readers that render the text into a specialized format.
Definitely read more there so you can stay legal.

Most to all Library ebooks have DRM attached in order to be able to keep checkout times to no more than 2 weeks.

That said -- Calibre is a free download that I use to convert many file types. Since my Kindle can read native PDFs now, that tends to be the format I convert to most. It's been really helpful since some books I previously owned were in different formats and some new ones are only available in formats my Kindle can't read or convert.
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