Kindle?

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Any monkeys out there have the Kindle and use it a lot? Was thinking about getting it (yes, a few years into its existence), but just want a barebones reader that I can easily take with me.

Any complaints about the product or recommendations for something else (Note that I had the iPad and sold it already, so I don't want another large tablet like that)

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Jan 10, 2012

I have the last generation Kindle (they still sell it, but call it Kindle Keyboard now) and love it. It's light, compact, and I'd much rather read on my kindle than read an actual book. You can also use it to read PDFs and Word docs in addition to any books you might buy.

I haven't tried any of the new kindle e-readers (they're smaller and there's a touchscreen one now) but I feel like the Kindle Keyboard might be the best for actual reading. If you compare with the newer models, the buttons for flipping pages have shifted or been removed (in the touchscreen version), while the older gen Kindle Keyboard still has buttons on both sides of the Kindle where you would typically be holding it.

The biggest drawback of the Kindle Keyboard though, is the lack of touchscreen which can take some adjusting to when navigating the menus, but is not an issue when just reading a book.

Jan 10, 2012

Sony PRS reader. Had previous version a couple of years ago, have just bought a new one. Like it a lot.

Jan 10, 2012

Good stuff. Thanks gents.

Jan 10, 2012

Get an iPad instead. Much easier to read and undoubtedly more versatile.

Jan 10, 2012
Macro Arbitrage:

Get an iPad instead. Much easier to read and undoubtedly more versatile.

I had one already and actually rarely used it, because staring at a screen all day and then looking at that got a bit tiresome on the eyes. Sold it before the holidays.

Jan 10, 2012

If you mainly want someting to read PDFs and articles, I would say iPad. The Kindle does not reformat PDFs so sometimes it is very difficult to read them. However, for books the Kindle is hands down way better than the iPad. Great battery life and most books can be found free online.

Jan 10, 2012
smalleights:

If you mainly want someting to read PDFs and articles, I would say iPad. The Kindle does not reformat PDFs so sometimes it is very difficult to read them. However, for books the Kindle is hands down way better than the iPad. Great battery life and most books can be found free online.

Depends on the content of the PDFs.Kindle usually has no trouble reformatting heavy text PDFs like whitepapers and ebooks. I used it a lot in the past to read Vault guides and it worked great for that.

But you're right about PDFs with lots of graphics, pictures, charts which don't convert to kindle format so you have to view them in PDF form - which is doable but not ideal on the kindle.

Jan 10, 2012
smalleights:

If you mainly want someting to read PDFs and articles, I would say iPad. The Kindle does not reformat PDFs so sometimes it is very difficult to read them. However, for books the Kindle is hands down way better than the iPad. Great battery life and most books can be found free online.

Thats not true, amazon will convert pdfs for you.

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Jan 10, 2012

I have both a Kindle and an iPad. The reason being that I can take a kindle and read it at the beach, outside at a coffee shop, etc. I have the iPad for flights, airports, general boredom, etc.

Reading a Kindle is exactly like reading a book as far as how the letters actually appear on the screen. An iPad, not so much (sunlight, glare, etc)

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Jan 10, 2012

You can get a Samsung Galaxy and get a kindle or nook app. It provides more versatility than a stand-alone e-reader.

Jan 10, 2012

Check to see if the books you want are available on the device. The Nook actually has a larger selection of e-books than the Kindle.

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Jan 10, 2012

Kindle Touch 3g here. I love it. No complaints whatsoever.

Jan 10, 2012

Ipad has better apps and is much better for use I think.

Jan 10, 2012
Pike:

Ipad has better apps and is much better for use I think.

Do any of you read the OPs fucking post?

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Jan 10, 2012

Might get shit for this but oh well, why use a Kindle when you can use an iPad which does so much more than a Kindle and does it so much more effectively. Also you can essentially get every book on an iPad that you can get on a Kindle.

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Jan 10, 2012

The kindle without 3g is like 130 bucks. Well worth it.

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Jan 10, 2012

I cant justify spending $500 on an Ipad when I can buy a decent computer for that.

Kindle is a fifth of the price

Jan 10, 2012
Nobama88:

I cant justify spending $500 on an Ipad when I can buy a decent computer for that.

Kindle is a fifth of the price

...and I still prefer paper copies.

Jan 10, 2012

Makes sense.

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Jan 10, 2012

I got a kindle like a month ago and its well worth the 130 I spent on it. Plus an ipads great and all but the kindle is much easier to read on.

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Jan 10, 2012

Read an interesting piece in the WSJ I think about the Nook. Since its a color screen, you can use it as an iPad and even run android OS on it. You buy a nook and download a certain hack and it turns it into a tablet that functions much like an iPad running Anroid. Pretty sweet.

Jan 10, 2012

Kindle and iPad are really different stuff. You cannot read for 2 hours on an iPad (w/o killing your eyes), and you can do much more than that with the Kindle's e-ink display. If you want to read notes, books... no doubt a Kindle is much better.

The problem with the color Nook is that for reading purposes is just like an iPad. It has the same type of screen, and even if you reduce the brightness in either the iPad or the Nook it is really hard on your eyes to read something for a long time.

I bought my Kindle a few months ago and I am really happy with it. I am no longer traveling with a backpack full of books, and although I still continue to buy my "reference" books in hardcopy (still want to highlight and include notes the old way), I increasingly buy more and more for the Kindle.

Jan 10, 2012

I have an iPad and a kindle. Love the iPad but it kills my eyes and I'm not comfortable bringing it to the beach, outside, etc... 130 is nothing and even If it's just to have something you wouldn't mind misplacing or getting stolen, I think it's well worth the money.

Jan 10, 2012

Sounds good. Going to drop the money on the Kindle!

Now would you guys suggest getting just the Wifi or get it with 3G? I have wireless at my place and figure i could always get wifi from the mcdonalds / Starbucks if I needed to download something... but part of me wants to get the 3G, just in case. Suggestions?

Jan 10, 2012

I have the wifi and have never had an issue.

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Jan 10, 2012

I'm pretty sure the 3G service is free, you just pay a extra for the device. Not sure if that affects your decision.

Jan 10, 2012

The 3G question comes down to this, where do you learn about books you want to read? If the majority of the time its in places where you cant get wifi then 3G makes sense if not its just a added feature. Besides it costs money to send pdfs and stufff like that over 3G but is free over wireless

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Jan 10, 2012

I have a Kindle 3g and I love it. I find the experience very similar to reading a book and had no problem reading for four hours straight on a flight last week. Four hours of reading using an Ipad would be pretty rough. If you need to do a lot of reading the Kindle is your best bet if you value your eyes but it can't compete with the Ipad anywhere else really.

Jan 10, 2012

i use the kindle ipad app and i love it

Jan 10, 2012

got one this winter. i was skeptical at first because i typically enjoy having the physical book, but I'm very happy with my kindle

Jan 10, 2012

I would personally go for the IPad but I do like the Kindle also. you really cant go wrong. I do prefer having the actual book but for magazines and newspapers its great

It is what it is

Jan 10, 2012

I have a Kindle (3G+Wifi) and absolutely love it. I got it before I went to Dubai last December. I figured that I could read 2-3 books on the flight, and instead of carrying the extra bulk in my backpack, I opted to go with the Kindle and I couldn't be happier. In the 4 months I've owned it, I've read a hell of alot more and keep it with me 90% of the time so I can read if the opportunity is available.

That said, why a Kindle over an iPad or a Nook?

1) The Kindle is usable in any kind of light (which is a big plus) compared to the iPad and Nook. Last weekend, I was sitting on the riverfront reading and had no glare issues or anything.
2) Battery Life. It goes without saying that the less functionality you have, the longer the battery life. Yup, that's the truth.
3) WSJ+Economist subscriptions at my fingertips and I don't need to be so environmentally unfriendly and waste paper.
4) I can use my Kindle on my phone if I want to.
5) The Kindle is not endorsed by Steve Jobs, so that's less money in his pocket and more ire by the Hipster Lobby.

Jan 10, 2012

Who wants a kindle when you can have a rooted nook color? Portable, fully functional (including book-reading) tablet for ~$200? Yes, plz.

Jan 10, 2012
jjcannon:

Who wants a kindle when you can have a rooted nook color? Portable, fully functional (including book-reading) tablet for ~$200? Yes, plz.

The nook has its advantages, but the kindle does as well. You cant read a color nook in all lighting conditions like you can with a kindle, nook is killer on your eyes, but the nook has a better internet browser and more functionality.

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Jan 10, 2012

How many people actually know how to root a nook, let alone are actually comfortable doing it?

Jan 10, 2012
Frieds:

How many people actually know how to root a nook, let alone are actually comfortable doing it?

Anyone tech-inclined can do it in minutes. There are very in depth guides and tutorials regarding it, but I can definitely understand aversion to the idea since its not a conventional method.

Jan 10, 2012
Frieds:

How many people actually know how to root a nook, let alone are actually comfortable doing it?

Anyone tech-inclined can do it in minutes. There are very in depth guides and tutorials regarding it, but I can definitely understand aversion to the idea since its not a conventional method.

Jan 10, 2012

because of this thread I will get a Kindle.

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Jan 10, 2012

I have it and I highly recommend it. I was skeptical about it at first but I got it at as a present and I've been using it nonstop. You can look up words that you don't know by just moving the cursor over the word and the definition automatically pops up, and you don't have to go all the way to the bookstore to purchase a book. The price for each book is also cheaper and you can get most of the classics for free.

Jan 10, 2012

Received my Kindle today.

The thing is amazing. If I am not mistaken, the Kindle even makes note of sentences or phrases that a lot of other kindle users have highlighted in the book. Amazing.

Jan 10, 2012

Nobama, I know, and it adds your highlights to the collection of others.

Jan 10, 2012

I find the pharse highlight annoying to be honest. I prefer to read and not get distracted by other things. Being that I have mild ADD anything that can distract me will.

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Jan 10, 2012

One other thing, learn to become good friends with the Amazon converter for kindle. It lets you convert other data types into kindle format.

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Jan 10, 2012

used a buddies recently, seems pretty awesome. Fits in your coat pocket(unlike the lololol IPAD which still needs a laptop case) and is very easy on the eyes

Jan 10, 2012
leveredarb:

is very easy on the eyes

I need to borrow one because computer screens cause burn in when reading late at night, and paper doesn't. I'm curious to see how it is, based on this post. Up until now, I've looked at it as a gimmick, but what the hell, I'll give it a shot.

Jan 10, 2012

can you read newspapers like the FT on a Kindle?

I love my iPhone for commuting - I have an FT sub & download it before I get on the tube every morning. I don't have any real interest in buying an iPad, but a Kindle might be tempting.

Jan 10, 2012

Yeah. I have WSJ delivered to my Kindle. I'm almost certain you can get the US edition of the FT delivered to your Kindle. I'd check Amazon though.

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