View Full Version : Joining the Kindle Crowd


crionox
11-28-2007, 01:21 PM
Well, I just did the deed... Placed my order for the Kindle and hopped in the ever-expanding queue for this thing (I notice that the site now doesn't even mention the "after Dec. 24th" bit now, they've just switched to the more generic "out of stock").

This will be my first e-ink device and I'm pretty excited about it. The fact that I won't effectively have it until next year is actually fine, it gives me the chance to catch up on some pbooks that have stacked up. Because I know that as soon as the toy gets here... pbooks will just have to wait for a while.

I spent a lot of time both on this forum and elsewhere researching between the Kindle and the Sony. It actually was not a very easy decision, I kept going back and forth between the two. In the end, though, it came down to two things that gave the kindle the edge:

(1) the ability to search content. This is really key as I hope to be able to use it for reference-type books (computer books, cookbooks, Bible, etc.) and that is a key feature for making them more easily usable. (2) I just inherently trust Amazon more. As much as I think that Sony builds good hardware, I've seen them time and time again screw up software and format implementation. Granted that once you have the Reader it's yours to use how best you see fit, but I'm thinking more about the longer-term viability of their store and locked content. This is definitely a crap shoot, as Amazon is for the most part untested in these waters, but... at some point I had to make that choice for both of them and pick a side.

Overall, though, I'm just glad to finally be getting in to the dedicated ereader scene. I actually think my overall reading time will increase with the portability and space issues out of the way. I have a friend who is also trying to make the Kindle vs. Sony decision, so I will be interested to see which way he falls as well. Looks like the digital book world is starting to become a lot more mainstream.

David

tsgreer
11-28-2007, 01:37 PM
I have the Sony Reader 500 and the Kindle. I think you'll be happy with your choice. Welcome to the e-ink world. Congrats!

runciter
11-28-2007, 03:15 PM
Welcome to Kindle. Looks like we went thru many of the same gyrations, but I pulled the trigger earlier :) I agree with everything you said. Let us know what decision your friend makes.

gregr209
11-28-2007, 05:13 PM
I am so excited. I just got notice my Kindle shipped and is on its way. I ordered mine late on the Monday it was released and was told it wouldn't ship until Nov. 30 with a deliver date of Dec. 3rd. Thursday can't come quick enough :-)

Greg

Alisa
11-28-2007, 06:15 PM
Mine's on the way, too. I keep hitting refresh on the tracking page. I'm such a dork.

Nate the great
11-28-2007, 06:22 PM
Mine's on the way, too. I keep hitting refresh on the tracking page. I'm such a dork.

That's okay. You are among your own kind here. I myself called UPS at midnight and 8 am to get shipping updates for my Kindle.

gregr209
11-28-2007, 06:28 PM
Mine's on the way, too. I keep hitting refresh on the tracking page. I'm such a dork.

Hee hee...me too! Bad thing is I know where I live UPS doesn't show up until late in the afternoon...so I know in the morning the tracker will say in route to my home but I know I won't get it until 4pm-ish. Oh well...at least I don't have to wait until next Monday as I was told.

I love being a dork :-)

Greg

crionox
11-28-2007, 06:31 PM
I wonder if they will actually get more stock in prior to their announced dates. They couldn't "promise" having them earlier, but I just wonder... I'm sure I still won't be able to see anything until after Christmas, but hey, I've got a whole month on my hands to engage in wild speculation.

David

Nate the great
11-28-2007, 06:37 PM
I doubt it. I think there is a good chance that they have sold out of their entire stock on hand.

gregr209
11-28-2007, 06:48 PM
I had a feeling that the second shipment group might come a bit earlier then stated...I think there is maybe another 3rd and 4th shipment due soon and then I have a feel they are truly out of stock for awhile.

It will be interesting.

Greg

Book_Czar
11-28-2007, 06:53 PM
Well I am new to ebooks and I just jumped in by buying a Kindle.

crionox
11-28-2007, 06:58 PM
Well I am new to ebooks and I just jumped in by buying a Kindle.

Welcome to the back of the line!

David

tsgreer
11-28-2007, 07:05 PM
Well I am new to ebooks and I just jumped in by buying a Kindle.

Welcome aboard! :smash:

TallMomof2
11-28-2007, 07:05 PM
Mine's on the way, too. I keep hitting refresh on the tracking page. I'm such a dork.

I did a little dance when I read "Out for delivery."

Alisa
11-28-2007, 07:12 PM
I did a little dance when I read "Out for delivery."

I'm actually considering working from home tomorrow so I can do my little dance right when it arrives.

drgnbear
11-28-2007, 07:16 PM
All the Cool Kids are doing it... When mine was shipping I kept watching the fedex tracking until it said left on front step and then I ran home and got it.

I have a PRS-500 and then a PRS-505 and now the Kindle (If only I had waited to buy that 505). Kindle wins hands down. I am a bit dodgy about the case and cover design. Mine keeps slipping out if I am not careful but... It's all about content and functionality really.

bwit
11-28-2007, 07:59 PM
I am a bit dodgy about the case and cover design. Mine keeps slipping out if I am not careful but... It's all about content and functionality really.

I don't even bother trying to use it in the case. I put it to sleep and carry it around in the case but take it out before using it. With all the publicity the Kindle is getting I'll bet one of the PDA case makers comes out with a better one before long.

Bob

Alisa
11-29-2007, 08:02 PM
@gregr209

Did yours come yet? Mine's here and I love it! Such a joy to use. I was just wondering if yours came registered like the ones that came in the first round. Mine didn't. I had to register it by hand. Still, it's working wonderfully. I'm already halfway through my first book. You really do forget it's not a pbook.

gregr209
11-30-2007, 12:13 AM
@gregr209

Did yours come yet? Mine's here and I love it! Such a joy to use. I was just wondering if yours came registered like the ones that came in the first round. Mine didn't. I had to register it by hand. Still, it's working wonderfully. I'm already halfway through my first book. You really do forget it's not a pbook.

Mine did come...late in the day as I expected. Mine didn't come registered either. However once I did register it all the content I had wanted quickly uploaded to the device and I was in heaven! So far so good. I went out and got a book light just moments ago in hopes for some late night reading in bed :-)

I can't wait to read the SF Chronicle on BART tomorrow morning :-)

Greg