Is the Amazon Kindle eBook Reader Worth It?

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Note: The Kindle is currently backordered 11 to 13 weeks at Amazon and there are no current coupons. We’ll keep an eye out for Kindle coupons in the new year, but your best bet to get one before then is to buy one on eBay

I’m not sure how many of you are into eBooks, but you may have heard of Amazon’s Kindle. It’s been out for quite awhile now. The Kindle is interesting, in that you can download over 200,000 books instantly including New York Times Best Sellers and New Releases for only $9.99. You can read RSS feeds with it, and access parts of the Internet with it. 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.

The screen is good, for reading text. I have never really wanted Kindle, though. That’s not to say I wouldn’t want an eBook reader though. I’ve always been interested in having something to read with me anytime I’m traveling and such. I love having something like this in an offline capacity. I’ve never been really into reading electronic books. Even if I was, I don’t think I’d want a dedicated device for reading them. With a printed book, I can carry it with me. I can donate it to someone else. Heck, I can even just keep it on my bookshelf. The downside of a paper book would be not being able to search for words or phrases, but how often do I need to do that?

Ponzi purchased a Kindle without my even knowing it. She did that because I’m against the eBook thing for a variety of reasons, including the whole DRM thing. If I were to get into reading eBooks, I’d likely read them on my iPhone. It’s absolutely true that the screen and battery on the Kindle are better, yes. However, which am I more likely to carry with me wherever I go – the iPhone or the Kindle? Yeah, the iPhone is going to win that battle.

Another reason I don’t like the Kindle is due to a few engineering mistakes as I like to call them. The Kindle has a mini USB port – but it doesn’t charge this way. You have to charge it with an AC adaptor. Are you kidding me? If you ask me, that’s just crazy.

Ponzi loves her Kindle, that’s for sure. The reviews on Amazon are great… 4 stars out of more than 7000 reviews. She has proven my point though. Even though she loves the Kindle, she never takes it with her. She does, however, take her iPhone with her everywhere.

There’s a large debate as to whether eBooks are the wave of the future. I think I’d be a lot more interested in this idea if there were an open market for the content, or the ability to read the text wherever I may be – on any platform I should choose. That’s not possible at this moment, thanks to things like DRM.

Here are the most frequently tagged Kindle items on Amazon:

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12 thoughts on “Is the Amazon Kindle eBook Reader Worth It?”

  1. You could read books that are in PDF format.
    A lot of my college textbooks have come with a CD with the PDF format of the book on it.
    I would love to carry that single device around with me, than lugging 40lbs of books between classes.

  2. I was skeptical until reading this article: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/02/magazine/02wwln-medium-t.html?_r=1
    So I bought one, and was frustrated that I had to wait on backorder for a few weeks, but it finally arrived, and I am totally hooked! To be able to download new arrivals for ten bucks, then not have to deal with them when I’m finished reading, is delightful. My iPhone would never have enough battery power to satisfy my reading appetite, and the electronic ink is so easy on my old eyes that I can’t put it down!

  3. I enjoy using the Kindle when I use it. I’ve had it for a year now. However, I don’t use it as much as I should. I tend to forget about it. I don’t ever want to read a book on my phone though, so when I travel the Kindle goes with me for sure.

    I’m interested in version 2!

  4. I’ve got the Sony E-Reader and I love it! The only thing I don’t like is the DRM. Also, Sony’s book store is really lacking compared to the Kindles selection/price of books. I think I’m going to upgrade to the Kindle 2 as soon as it’s released next year.

  5. I think its worth it. My dad has one and absolutely loves it. It’s great for situations where you can’t have a computer. Nice little invention.

  6. What’s not to like (other than initial the purchase price of the unit)?
    – Most everything (even new releases) for no more than $10.00. With that type of discount I can live with DRM.
    – On a cold and frosty morning you don’t HAVE to go out and get the paper. Just roll over, open the Kindle, and for $0.75 and 30 seconds you can download NYT or other popular national paper. All from the comfort of your nice toasty bed.
    – On a recent business trip to Atlanta, my traveling companion wanted to access his email. I fired up my laptop and was greeted with the airports wi-fi welcome screen. For only $10.00 I could get access. No way. I shut down the laptop, started the Kindle and after some finagling (is that a word?) was able to access the email account for free. Granted it IS a bit cumbersome to do it, but it was worth the $10.00 savings to me.
    – Battery life? I’ve had a charge last WEEKS (as long as I’m not doing a lot of downloading). I think the USB complaint is a bit weak.

    Very happy with the device and take it with me whenever I travel.

  7. I thought I’d hate the Kindle – but it turns out I use it all the time. I take it on biz trips, to the doctor’s appts, anywhere I know I’m going to be stuck. Right now I have a wide variety of reading – from mindless mysteries to best seller business books. I was recently “trapped” in the Charlotte, NC airport for 6 hours (thank you USAirways for the screw-up!) – – and instead of paying the (higher price) for a book in the gift shop, fired up the Kindle and downloaded the same book for about $3 less. I have 5 large bookshelves full of books – so it’s not that I’ll give up my paper – but I have to admit the Kindle (flaws and all) is a keeper.

  8. The Kindle has been a boon to us indie writers; publishing on it allows us to compete with the big players. A reader can customize the Kindle like a bookshelf; try buying books by mostly indie authors, and knit and felt yourself a one-of-a-kind Kindle (use any non-superwash worsted wool yarn; skip the side piece if you want a snug fit).

    I’m celebrating because my book, War on the Margins, is #1 in Gay and Lesbian and #28 in War on the Kindle list today! Indies rock!

    Libby Cone
    Author, War on the Margins: A Novel

  9. Just discovered this site! I think the Ebook Reader is a great idea and with Version 2 supposedly coming out on Monday hopefully Amazon will have made enough this time around. One thing they could do to improve it would be to incorporate a mobile phone into it ! Then you would take it everywhere and wouldn’t need a separate phone. Pity I won’t be getting a commission for this great idea 🙁
    I couldn’t get your Video to work BTW.
    Andrew

  10. The Kindle is a complete waste outside the USA. Got one for my wife only to find very limited content is able to be downloaded here. Complete rip off really as wouldn’t have bought it if I had known how little was available.

  11. I LOVE my Kindle 3! REALLY long battery life and books download in under 30 seconds for me. I have the WiFi version. Well worth the $139 price tag!

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