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Old 11-06-2010, 04:29 PM   #2
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Thanks for the link.
I quite liked the reviewer putting the Kindle in historical perspective.

Just a few thoughts about the review:
As always, I'm a bit surprised when reading on an ereader is compared to reading a paper book. I mean: when a mp3-player is reviewed, there is no talk about the 'real experience' in the concerthall or rockstage.

As for the use of highlights in an academic setting; there still is the problem of the locations, which I strongly feel are not suited at all.

He is right though about the prices. I know I saved up for my first iLiad, 2nd-hand for 399 euro (new 699). I think the prices will even get lower; certainly hope so for the Kindle-DX.

But the iLiad was not so prehistoric as he makes it to be. I loved it; could read PDF, get papers, browse (well: experimental..) and what more on it. Travelled all over the world with it.

When the reviewer says:
[ It's not all good news. The Kindle interface still feels like something that escaped from 1985 and time-traveled into the future. Text-based interface with no mouse or touchscreen? Black-and-white screen? Small delays between issuing commands and seeing their results? Check, check, and check—and if you try to do much with the Kindle beyond straight, front-to-back reading, these limitations will feel... limiting.
The Kindle (and similar reading-centric devices) promises the virtues of an electronic gadget with the distraction-lite environment of the book.]

I agree that Amazon can do a bit better on the above.
I don't need all kind of things on the Kindle as a fast browser, games etc, but I would like it to be a bit more intuītive. Amazon really should make the effort to easily make collections on different levels, and to be able to browse quickly through all the books.
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