Kindle? I love it!
I have a Kindle that I bought a couple of months ago. It's great; it goes everywhere
with me. I've read it sitting on mountaintops waiting for the wind to come around
before flying my hang glider, in my tent after flying, in restaurants and at home in
bed. It works just like a book.
I was just on a 10-day trip with my Kindle, reading it every day for several hours, and
didn't bring the charger. It was down a couple of bars on battery by the end of the
trip. I keep the wireless switched off unless I need to download something, and the
battery lasts for ages.
Content is available. There are thousands of free ebooks out there for download,
and still more through vendors other than Amazon. Yes, you can pay for content
through Amazon too, but you don't have to. The books I buy are DRM-free and
I'm happy to support authors who provide me with stuff to read.
My paperback collection is about 3000 volumes, accumulated over a 30-year
period. I read *a lot*. The collection takes up a lot of space in the various book
cases I've built around the house, but the hundred or so books in my Kindle
don't take up any room at all.
One thing I particularly like about the Kindle, vs a "regular book" is the page
turning. When I'm eating, I'm usually reading. With a paper book, it's hard to
keep the pages from flipping unless I find something to set on them to hold
them in place. With the Kindle, I just set it flat and tap the "next page" bar as
needed. There's one on each side so I can hit it whether I'm holding a sandwich
in my right hand, or holding the Kindle in my left. With the cover flipped back,
I can loop the elastic strap around one hand to hold it, and curl my fingers around
to hit the next page bar. It's very versatile in that regard, works great no matter
which way I'm holding it.
My one complaint was the cover, which it fitted into loosely. I fixed that with a
couple pieces of Velcro, which lock the Kindle into the cover so it won't fall out.
Now when I hand it to Mom and she flips it upside down, it doesn't take a dive
toward the floor. :-)
If Amazon came out with a larger-format version, I'd buy one. I'd particularly like
to have a full letter-size display with PDF support, for the piles of electronic
component datasheets that I currently print out on dead trees. It would be great
to have that material available for easy reference on an e-ink display.
It's not a web browser. It's not a PDA. It's a book, and it works just like one. As
for the moisture-proof aspect....just how dunk-resistant do you think a paper
book is? At least the Kindle can be wiped off, and it doesn't curl up its pages.