วันพุธที่ 21 มกราคม พ.ศ. 2552

Amazon Kindle

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วันเสาร์ที่ 27 กันยายน พ.ศ. 2551

Why and how the Kindle changes everything

This is less a "pros and cons" review than a hopefully useful commentary about the Kindle compared with other eReaders and what it means for the eBook industry. (I believe that everything has changed with the Kindle's creation.)

For many years I have been an avid reader of eBooks using almost every eReading device on the market. So as an early-adopter of techie gadgets I had been anxiously awaiting Amazon's Kindle since its first rumors. So I immediately purchased it both out of curiosity and hoping for a better "next generation" eBook solution. In case you're wondering whether I'm "that" Steve Gibson, I probably am -- I'm the guy who gets Google's first three or four links when Googling my name.

I was driven to write this review because it is somewhat distressing and, it seems to me, a bit unfair for the Kindle's average review rating to be dragged so far down by Kindle NON-OWNERS who, judging from their comments, seem to be quite annoyed by all of the positive comments about a device that's expensive, monochrome, not a general purpose media player, unable to leap tall buildings, or in some way less than they were expecting, wanting, or hoping. In contrast to non-owners, the people who actually HAVE Kindle's appear to universally love it, though with very valid caveats. I think of this as "The TiVo Effect" since, for the right sort of user, the Kindle will be life-changing ... but it certainly won't be that for everyone. Although it took me a few days to get completely comfortable with it, I am now hooked.

So, for what it's worth, if this posting is discovered by any truly interested pre-purchasers, I hope that the following commentary might place the Kindle in "perspective" and be of some value to you. (And if it is, I hope you'll click the button at the bottom to indicate that, so that this review might be found by more potential buyers ... Thank you!)

I have read many novel-length books on my various Palm's, I owned the original Rocket eBook, and I own both generations of Sony's eInk readers, the PRS-500 and PRS-505. So my clear bias is of someone who enjoys technology for its own sake and who loves the idea of reading books on a "device."
By Steve Gibson

วันศุกร์ที่ 11 กรกฎาคม พ.ศ. 2551

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I forget I'm not using a real book

The real measures for me are:
1. Whether I enjoy the book or think about the medium (book versus Kindle)
2. Whether it makes reading easier or more enjoyable

As for "1" the bottom line is that I catch myself reaching up with my right hand to turn the page on the book, only to sheepishly realize there is no physical page to turn. I'm engrossed in the book and medium doesn't register.

As for "2" I can read samples of books and purchase a book, newspaper, or magazine anytime or almost anywhere I want within seconds (literally). They are all contained in a smaller and lighter footprint when I'm traveling and it's easier to read a newspaper in a confined area (no folding the paper).

The negative side is remembering to charge it, another charger to carry on travel since it is non-standard, most of flights I'm on the flight attendants want me to turn it off during takeoff and landing, and for newspapers and magazines the pictures / graphics aren't always there or of good quality.

Bottom line: I love using it and will continue with it, but wish that the charger was mini USB so that it was standard with other items I carry, want the item to be cleared by the FAA for use during Takeoff and landing if the WiFi is off, and would like the grahics to at least be there from all content, even if they aren't of the best quality.

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วันเสาร์ที่ 3 พฤษภาคม พ.ศ. 2551

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วันศุกร์ที่ 11 เมษายน พ.ศ. 2551

Kindle vs Sony's Book Reader

I have both and my husband and I both prefer the Kindle. The Kindle bookstore is far superior, the Sony does not have a user replaceable battery...it has to be replaced at a Sony Store or mailed in and they cost quite a bit more than the Kindle battery. You will have to buy the charger...it doesn't come with the Sony...for another 30 bucks. The Sony Connect software is pretty clumsy but workable. The Sony page buttons are too tiny while the Kindle's are too large. The Sony cover is not anywhere near foolproof...it has a big plastic snap which can work itself loose from the reader just like the Kindle plastic tab. They both can fall out. They both do an excellent job doing their design purpose, to read books. Over all the Sony has props for style, the Kindle for extra features and ease of battery replacement. The big deal, however, is the book store...the Sony store comes nowhere close to the Amazon selection which seems to grow daily. Sony is not a bookstore, it is a hardware company. Amazon is a bookstore and has been since inception for all their side venture growth.

วันพุธที่ 2 เมษายน พ.ศ. 2551

Amazon Kindle Delays to end soon

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The media buzz over Jeff Bezos’ apology letter for Amazon Kindle Delays amazes me. For anyone wondering about Kindle delays i.e. Bezos: “We hope to be able to announce to you within the next few weeks that we’re back in stock and that when you order a Kindle, we’ll ship it to you that very same day. That’s our goal: order today, and we ship today. Until then, customers can order now, and they’ll be first in line.”

My analysis of Kindle waiting times showed a 5 to 7 weeks kindle wait (ironically top post toay), and it was one reason people were not buying the Kindle. In a few weeks all this becomes just a lesson in creating amazing and unintentional (i think) demand and buzz for a product.


วันอังคารที่ 18 มีนาคม พ.ศ. 2551

Amazon Kindle : Reviews & Guides

Product Description
Amazon designed Kindle to provide an exceptional reading experience. Thanks to electronic paper, a revolutionary new display technology, reading Kindle's screen is as sharp and natural as reading ink on paper - and nothing like the strain and glare of a computer screen. Kindle is also easy on the fingertips. It never becomes hot and is designed for ambidextrous use so both "lefties" and "righties" can read comfortably at any angle for long periods of time. Kindle was wanted to be completely mobile and simple to use for everyone, so it has been made wireless. No PC and no syncing needed. Using the same 3G network as advanced cellphones, Amazon delivers your content using its own wireless delivery system, Amazon Whispernet. Unlike WiFi, you'll never need to locate a hotspot. There are no confusing service plans, yearly contracts, or monthly wireless bills - Amazon takes care of the hassles so you can just read. With Whispernet, you can be anywhere, think of a book, and get it in one minute. Similarly, your content automatically comes to you, wherever you are. Newspaper subscriptions are delivered wirelessly each morning. Most magazines arrive before they hit newsstands. Haven't read the book for tomorrow night's book club? Get it in a minute. Finished your book in the airport? Download the sequel while you board the plane. Whether you're in the mood for something serious or hilarious, lighthearted or studious, Kindle delivers your spontaneous reading choices on demand. And because Amazon knows you can't judge a book by its cover, Kindle lets you download and read the beginning of books for free. This way, you can try it out - if you like it, simply buy and download with 1-Click, right from your Kindle, and continue reading. Want to try a newspaper as well? All newspaper subscriptions start with a risk-free two-week trial. Kindle's paperback size and expandable memory let you travel light with your library. With the freedom to download what you want, when you want, Amazon hopes you'll never again find yourself stuck without a great read.