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The Experience of a Kindle
« 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  ;)
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Re: The Experience of a Kindle
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2010, 09:15:24 AM »
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Re: The Experience of a Kindle
« Reply #2 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

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Re: The Experience of a Kindle
« Reply #3 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.

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Re: The Experience of a Kindle
« Reply #4 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!
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Re: The Experience of a Kindle
« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2010, 18:30:12 PM »
and this looks good for travel and holidays and reading in bed when you don't want to disturb partner.

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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.
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Re: The Experience of a Kindle
« Reply #6 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?
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« Reply #7 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!
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Re: The Experience of a Kindle
« Reply #8 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.
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« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2011, 19:14:51 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!!
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Re: The Experience of a Kindle
« Reply #10 on: January 06, 2011, 21:07:38 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?
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« Reply #11 on: January 08, 2011, 14:30:45 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.
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Re: The Experience of a Kindle
« Reply #12 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.
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Re: The Experience of a Kindle
« Reply #13 on: August 12, 2011, 08:31:18 AM »
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.

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Re: The Experience of a Kindle
« Reply #14 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.