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Title: The Experience of a Kindle
Post by: Gandalf on October 03, 2010, 16:40:48 pm
 Had mine a few weeks now and I must say I'm very impressed.  Smaller than a paperback.  Potential to hold thousands of books.  Perfect for holidays.  In the long run I might suggest - better for the environment  ;)
Title: Re: The Experience of a Kindle
Post by: Reg on October 06, 2010, 09:15:24 am
Nice idea, but the future is nearly here . . . .

http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/industry_sectors/technology/article6736859.ece
Title: Re: The Experience of a Kindle
Post by: Ruth Williams on October 11, 2010, 17:27:59 pm
has one given as gift, as I do read a fair few books, but just doesn't feel like a book, and can't get to feel easy with it. I like gadgets, love my Iphone, but I can't see this replacing real book experience
Title: Re: The Experience of a Kindle
Post by: Nance on November 03, 2010, 20:43:06 pm
I am thinking about a kindle, but I am a technophobe.  I don't download music, don't have wi-fi ( but my Dad does) so is this the gadget for me.
I love reading, and this looks good for travel and holidays and reading in bed when you don't want to disturb partner.

Comments please

Cheers,

Jane
Title: Re: The Experience of a Kindle
Post by: Andy42g on November 09, 2010, 15:37:43 pm
Wondering whether to get one of these - for £109 from Amazon. Does look like the way forward to be honest and with my bloody eyes it would be good to be able make the font size bigger!
Title: Re: The Experience of a Kindle
Post by: Gandalf on November 09, 2010, 18:30:12 pm
Quote from: Nance on November 03, 2010, 20:43:06 pm
and this looks good for travel and holidays and reading in bed when you don't want to disturb partner.

Comments please

Cheers,

Jane


Agreed it's fantastic for holidays.  However, remember there's no light, so it's no better than a traditional book for reading in bed.
Title: Re: The Experience of a Kindle
Post by: JonL on November 21, 2010, 18:50:40 pm
I was about to enquire about these.
I like the idea, I have no attachment to books (ie the physical item), though I understand why many do prefer them (my missus for one), so in principle, it's quite appealing to me. I suppose it's the book equivalent of vinyl vs cd or mp3.
Out of curiosity I looked up the Agassi autobiography, and it's not available yet, though about 1/2 million titles are.I've also read complaints that the download if often dearer than the paperback which seems odd.

Holding off for now, but watching with interest.

Also, how fragile is it? eg does it need to be treated with kid gloves when travelling? Will a cover case be enough to protect it? How suitable is it for, eg poolside reading on hol?
Title: Re: The Experience of a Kindle
Post by: Nicola B on November 23, 2010, 18:29:05 pm
Only heard good things so far. Not sure for me thiough as I don't read anywhere near as much as I would like to. Also, bit worried about the fact when reading on holiday if you want to take a dip its more likely to get nicked than a paperback!
Title: Re: The Experience of a Kindle
Post by: Reg on December 20, 2010, 14:08:33 pm
Take a look on the Channel Five Gadget Show website.  They did a head to head with Sony and Kindle and something else earlier in the year.  They probably have video clips of the reviews.
Title: Re: The Experience of a Kindle
Post by: Nicola B on January 04, 2011, 19:14:51 pm
Quote from: Nicola B on November 23, 2010, 18:29:05 pm
Only heard good things so far. Not sure for me thiough as I don't read anywhere near as much as I would like to. Also, bit worried about the fact when reading on holiday if you want to take a dip its more likely to get nicked than a paperback!


My husband obviously didn't read this as I got one for Xmas....its much better than I thought and will stop me needed to cart a case load of books on holiday....the screen is great and font size can be changed which is a geat feature for over 40's....no need for reading glasses!!
Title: Re: The Experience of a Kindle
Post by: JonL on January 06, 2011, 21:07:38 pm
Quote from: Nicola B on January 04, 2011, 19:14:51 pm
My husband obviously didn't read this as I got one for Xmas....its much better than I thought and will stop me needed to cart a case load of books on holiday....the screen is great and font size can be changed which is a geat feature for over 40's....no need for reading glasses!!


How does the screen/font size compare to that of an average paperback?
Title: Re: The Experience of a Kindle
Post by: Nicola B on January 08, 2011, 14:30:45 pm
Quote from: JonL on January 06, 2011, 21:07:38 pm
How does the screen/font size compare to that of an average paperback?


The actual screen is slightly smaller and the font size slightly bigger (you can change this according to how you wish to see it). I find it a little easier to read than a paperback. Downloading is very easy once you have your account set up and there are a lot of books (especially classics) that can be downloaded for free. It will certainly make me revisit these and get ones I've always wanted to read.

All in all I am really pleased with it.
Title: Re: The Experience of a Kindle
Post by: Gandalf on March 20, 2011, 20:57:20 pm
I've got a decent collection of books for the Kindle.  I'm happy to share.  pm your address if you're interested.
Title: Re: The Experience of a Kindle
Post by: cabria on August 12, 2011, 08:31:18 am
Quote from: Nicola B on November 23, 2010, 18:29:05 pm
Only heard good things so far. Not sure for me thiough as I don't read anywhere near as much as I would like to. Also, bit worried about the fact when reading on holiday if you want to take a dip its more likely to get nicked than a paperback!


Agreed, difficult to improve on some pages glued together. Also, if you are reading something pretty cool no one will be able to see. Like Catcher in the Rye or something. As I mainly read crime procedurals this is something I am never likely to experience.
Title: Re: The Experience of a Kindle
Post by: Slim on October 25, 2011, 22:16:41 pm
Glad to see that Kindles are taking off a bit just recently, as I've published a Kindle edition ebook on Amazon myself. But perhaps it deserves its own thread.
Title: Re: The Experience of a Kindle
Post by: Nance on October 27, 2011, 22:13:09 pm
Had my kindle a couple of weeks now and getting the hang of it.  Apparantly, a recent report on radio 4 stated that people who have kindles have 'low brow' reading material on it - as people can't see what you are reading !!

I do have an attachment to real books, so won't be giving them up just yet.
Title: Re: The Experience of a Kindle
Post by: Reg on February 02, 2012, 08:49:38 am
Quote from: Nance on October 27, 2011, 22:13:09 pm
Had my kindle a couple of weeks now and getting the hang of it.  Apparantly, a recent report on radio 4 stated that people who have kindles have 'low brow' reading material on it - as people can't see what you are reading !!

I do have an attachment to real books, so won't be giving them up just yet.
I'm the same in that I have an attachment to real books - however, living in my present situation (shared house), I don't have the room, and as I am getting back into reading, I have decided to invest in a Kobo Touch ereader - WH Smith - £99.99, or Asda, £87.00.  Guess where I will be getting mine! 
Title: Re: The Experience of a Kindle
Post by: Reg on February 06, 2012, 09:36:33 am
Got the Kobo Touch:

http://www.t-n-m-s.com/index.php?topic=32073.0
Title: Re: The Experience of a Kindle
Post by: Beebop on February 07, 2012, 18:57:54 pm
I thought about getting a Kindle/Kobo/e-reader for a while but decided to get a cheap tablet instead. I'm very happy with it,got Kindle and Kobo for android but use a general reader called FBReader and a pdf reader too. It also does games,internet,plays films and mp3......not bad for a £80 tablet that came installed with Android 4.0 ICS.
Title: Re: The Experience of a Kindle
Post by: Dixkot on February 07, 2012, 20:06:43 pm


Can you give more info / a link Bopster?
Title: Re: The Experience of a Kindle
Post by: Beebop on February 09, 2012, 09:06:36 am
It's not without it's faults. Problems with flash at the moment,lack of apps because it has a MIPS processor which doesn't work with some apps but there is supposed to be an update on the way to help solve a lot of the niggles. It does what I need it too at the moment though.

This is the best price out there at the moment. Ordered from China where they are made.

http://www.ebellking.com/android-tablet/7-inch-tablets/novo7
Title: Re: The Experience of a Kindle
Post by: Andrew_Haldane on February 09, 2012, 11:30:25 am
Shame it hasn't gone a memory card expansion slot, still thats a lot of spec for the money, nice find!
Title: Re: The Experience of a Kindle
Post by: Beebop on February 09, 2012, 19:28:06 pm
It has a micro sd slot,I've stuck a 8 gb card in mine
Title: Re: The Experience of a Kindle
Post by: Andrew_Haldane on February 09, 2012, 19:47:42 pm
Quote from: Beebop on February 09, 2012, 19:28:06 pm
It has a micro sd slot,I've stuck a 8 gb card in mine



Blimey!  I wonder how big a card it will support? Definitely Worth further investigation
Title: Re: The Experience of a Kindle
Post by: Reg on February 10, 2012, 14:12:37 pm
I've put an 8Gb Micro-SD card in my Kobo Touch.  I doubt I will ever need that much - but it only cost £4.05 with free delivery. 
Title: Re: The Experience of a Kindle
Post by: Dixkot on February 11, 2012, 09:12:57 am

Been researching the ereaders/tablets, and am just off out to buy Archos 70 tablet (http://www.archos.com/products/ta/archos_70it/index.html?lang=en).

Tesco have it knocked down to £99.99 and I have £60+ in Clubcard vouchers......so, a bargain as far as I can see.
Title: Re: The Experience of a Kindle
Post by: Andrew_Haldane on February 11, 2012, 10:03:17 am
After sales service was non existent when I had an Archos a few years ago. It was way ahead of its time back then in terms of spec though and at that price with the vouchers its a no brainer.
Title: Re: The Experience of a Kindle
Post by: Dixkot on February 11, 2012, 17:06:40 pm
Quote from: Bisto on February 11, 2012, 10:03:17 am
After sales service was non existent when I had an Archos a few years ago. It was way ahead of its time back then in terms of spec though and at that price with the vouchers its a no brainer.


Got it home and it was complete poo.  Took it back and got a Kindle............
Title: Re: The Experience of a Kindle
Post by: Andrew_Haldane on February 11, 2012, 23:23:51 pm
Quote from: Dixkot on February 11, 2012, 17:06:40 pm
Got it home and it was complete poo.  Took it back and got a Kindle............


Bummer! You're better off with a Kindle  though Happy reading!
Title: Re: The Experience of a Kindle
Post by: JonL on June 01, 2012, 16:21:31 pm
Just bought Clare a Kindle. She's more into the book "experience", But I did promise when I had the money. Should help clear some of the clutter from the shelves.
Title: Re: The Experience of a Kindle
Post by: Nicola B on June 03, 2012, 18:01:13 pm
Will be getting back into mine with the holiday period coming up.....really like them for trips away as much easier to carry and now my eyes azren't so ggod can change the font too!
Title: Re: The Experience of a Kindle
Post by: Night Flyer on June 05, 2012, 12:34:33 pm
I saw a second hand one and smelled it...and nothing.  NAH! Sorry! nothing beats forging around in an alladin's cave for a second hand book that has been read by several generations and never thought it would be passed on only to be passed on for 50p to a whole new world. It just isn't the same.
Title: Re: The Experience of a Kindle
Post by: JonL on June 05, 2012, 22:56:05 pm
I have zero attachment to books, so a Kindle would be ideal for me, if I read enough.
For the record, my book loving wife thinks her new Kindle is the bog's dollocks.
Title: Re: The Experience of a Kindle
Post by: Slim on June 09, 2012, 17:44:57 pm
I've had my Kindle for about six months now. I'd never have imagined that it would have put me off actual books, but it has (in conjunction with the Cloud Reader application in Chrome, anyway).

Paper books feel so old-fashioned, crude and crap now. The surface looks curvy when you look at it. The pages can go yellow and even fall out. Reading an actual book feels a bit like a hardship now. Like reading web pages from printouts or something.

I think the exception would be big lush coffee table books like the Beatles one from a few years ago.  Kindles don't do big pages with clear colour photos, and the formatting is a bit rudimentary. But even so I'd still prefer to have a big book in a digital form to read on a computer.

I'll probably never buy a hard copy book again. They feel like poor relations of e-books.
Title: Re: The Experience of a Kindle
Post by: NeilP on June 09, 2012, 18:56:36 pm
hoping for one of Father's day, might have to fund it myself though
Title: Re: The Experience of a Kindle
Post by: JonL on June 27, 2012, 20:47:40 pm
I have transferred my current paper read onto  Clare's Kindle. I is a very pleasant experience. May get one.