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Old 12-04-2007, 05:33 AM   #1
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Reasons For Keeping My Sony Reader and Giving Away My Kindle

I ordered my Kindle the day they came out and was so excited I couldn't wait to get it. I decided to give my Sony Reader to a friend, and spent quite a bit of time loading it up with books I think my friend would enjoy while waiting for the Kindle to arrive. After using the Kindle I've decided my friend is getting it instead of the Sony. My reasons are:

I don't like the way the Kindle feels in my hands, I hate the buttons and much prefer the Sony controls. I keep accidentally pushing buttons I don't want pushed. It's very frustrating.

I don't need the Amazon store features in the Kindle. I have Sprint EV-DO on my laptop, which I confess I pay 80.00 a month for, (unlimited bandwidth) but I travel almost constantly for my job, and it is my primary internet connection and worth it to me.

I don't like the way the Kindle books are formatted, the margins are too large. I don't like the way the Connect Store books are formatted either though. Most of my ebook purchases are made at Fictionwise and I use BookDesigner to reformat for the reader the way I like them.

I'm comfortable with this process, and even if I kept the Kindle I would have to continue doing this because I made the mistake of giving Sony Readers to some family members who can't manage to put books on them. The Kindle would have been a kinder gift to those people and a smaller burden on myself.

My biggest reason for giving my friend the Kindle and keeping my Reader is that I'm afraid the Kindle will put me in the poor house. I am a compulsive and impulsive gadget and book buyer. I love new gadgets and can't ever have enough books. The LAST thing I need is a gadget that makes buying books any easier for me. This is what will probably happen:

Holy cow, what happened to the house payment money?

Oh yes, it's in my Kindle.


At least with the Reader I have to think about it a bit more before buying. I've had the Kindle for over a week and I like the Sony better by a large margin. Not only because I can control my compulsion to buy books easier with it, but also because it does everything I want it to do, exactly how I want it done.

It's also sexier.
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Old 12-04-2007, 06:35 AM   #2
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That is one aspect of the Kindle nobody has yet to mention. How easier it is to spend too much on ebooks. You are correct in that it is a new level of easy to overspend.
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Old 12-04-2007, 09:12 AM   #3
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Hah, funny... I've had to impose a rule on myself: no buying anything that hasn't been in my Amazon shopping cart for at least 24 hours. It's saved me scads of money over the last few years...
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Heh, I feel you pain. There's always BBA (Book Buyers Anonymous)
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Yeah, I would totally go overboard with book buying on a kindle. With the Sony I utilize the wish list feature pretty heavily (and when I'm away from a windows computer I use a shopping list app on my treo to keep track of that stuff). If I bought everything right away I'd have made some pretty stupid purchases. Going back and looking at my wishlist sometimes it's like "what was I smoking that day?!"
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Heh, I feel you pain. There's always BBA (Book Buyers Anonymous)
I prefer BBU -- Book Buyers Unanimous.
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Old 12-04-2007, 06:17 PM   #7
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That is one aspect of the Kindle nobody has yet to mention. How easier it is to spend too much on ebooks. You are correct in that it is a new level of easy to overspend.
Very easy. While I exaggerated, I didn't actually spend near the house payment, it is frightening to me how much I spent without realizing I'd spent it. Enough that I had to transfer funds from one account to another, and ask my husband not to use his bank card until this deposit posted - which was embarrassing. Bless him, all he said about it was "I was worried about that happening".

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Heh, I feel you pain. There's always BBA (Book Buyers Anonymous)
LOL Is this where I confess "Hi, I'm Detour and I'm a bibliophile. I admit I am powerless over my need for everything bookish" I don't think I could stick with the program, I'd fall off the library cart.

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Yeah, I would totally go overboard with book buying on a kindle. With the Sony I utilize the wish list feature pretty heavily (and when I'm away from a windows computer I use a shopping list app on my treo to keep track of that stuff). If I bought everything right away I'd have made some pretty stupid purchases. Going back and looking at my wishlist sometimes it's like "what was I smoking that day?!"
I use the wish list everywhere else, too. Including for Amazon pbook purchases. I've had the same experience of finding things on wish lists that I never really wanted. The Kindle thing is just too easy. I guess I felt like I was wish listing only I was committing.

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I prefer BBU -- Book Buyers Unanimous.
Where do I sign up for this one? Are there field trips to remote rare and exotic book stores?

I just found out that Kindles are selling on eBay for a thousand dollars! Wish I hadn't already promised this one to someone.
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Old 12-04-2007, 06:21 PM   #8
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I just found out that Kindles are selling on eBay for a thousand dollars! Wish I hadn't already promised this one to someone.

$1000!.......people are stupid.
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Old 12-04-2007, 07:23 PM   #9
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$1000!.......people are stupid.
Actually, some people have too much money for their own good. Remember, someone purchased a baseball for $300,000 so he could deface it.
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Hmm! You've got me thinking, now! I saw the ads for the Kindle2 and was mesmerized! I wanted one REALLY bad, but after reading some of this stuff, maybe I don't want one afterall! I'll have to do some more research!
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Hmm! You've got me thinking, now! I saw the ads for the Kindle2 and was mesmerized! I wanted one REALLY bad, but after reading some of this stuff, maybe I don't want one afterall! I'll have to do some more research!
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Actually, some people have too much money for their own good. Remember, someone purchased a baseball for $300,000 so he could deface it.
Rock star money!
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People are selling Kindles on Ebay for $1499.00... This does not mean people are actually buying Kindles on ebay at that price.
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People are selling Kindles on Ebay for $1499.00... This does not mean people are actually buying Kindles on ebay at that price.
You can search on ebay for "sold" kindles to see what they are actually selling for.

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