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View Poll Results: Who is going to buy a Kindle?
No way in Heck will I get one! 6 14.63%
Me! Me! Me! I will! Me! Me! Me! 4 9.76%
Maybe. It depends on the price, options, appearance 31 75.61%
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Old 10-04-2007, 10:20 AM   #1
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Who's going to rush out and buy a Kindle?

I will buy one as soon as possible. Anyone else?

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Old 10-04-2007, 10:21 AM   #2
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nope...not this time...

I'd love to, but 1) they probably won' be available here and 2) I can't justify shelling out that much oney if I've already got an Iliad and a STAReBOOK...but I'd sure love ot get one...
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Old 10-04-2007, 10:21 AM   #3
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Is this before or after you buy an iLiad?
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Old 10-04-2007, 10:26 AM   #4
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If it isn't a substantial improvement over the Sony, then I won't purchase one. What may make the difference is if the number of Mobipocket titles increases exponentially. If that happens, then I'll be very tempted.
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Old 10-04-2007, 10:36 AM   #5
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Is this before or after you buy an iLiad?
The price and limited warranty has made me pull back and rethink the decision.
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Old 10-04-2007, 10:58 AM   #6
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Let's see. The question is: Am I going to go buy a unit that costs $500-$700 (but no one really knows) which is capable of reading--some e-book format (but no one really knows) which may or may not have a lot of content available for it that may or may not be severely DRM-limited (but no one really knows) and which might have other features (but no one really knows) when it (maybe) becomes available sometime between October 15th and ... never.

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Old 10-04-2007, 11:04 AM   #7
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Truth is that we know nearly nothing about the kindle, there are rumors about the
price right, but those are only rumors, we don't know its appearance and features,
we only know it'll handle mobipocket and maybe have an integrated wifi chip.

How can you say you'll rush and buy it while we know so few about it!
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Old 10-04-2007, 11:15 AM   #8
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It depends on if Amazon is willing to give me one or not. If not, then I won't have one.
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Old 10-04-2007, 11:23 AM   #9
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It depends on if Amazon is willing to give me one or not. If not, then I won't have one.
The question did say "buy".
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Old 10-04-2007, 11:54 AM   #10
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Not unless they're extremely cheap, or include virtually every title in Amazon along with the price, at least for the first year. Since neither of these seems likely, no. I'm quite happy with my iLiad, thanks.
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Not unless they're extremely cheap, or include virtually every title in Amazon along with the price, at least for the first year. Since neither of these seems likely, no. I'm quite happy with my iLiad, thanks.
I'm with you. I remember the rumors of a $50 Kindle - presuming one signed up for a year or two's subscription for ebooks - and I thought, "Yeah. I'd buy a subscription for the option to have an eInk reader for $50!". But with the Sony running $299, the Hanlin running (minus the special this week) $329 and the Bookeen *hopefully* coming in under $350 (we'll know more later), I can't see shelling out more than $400 for a 6" reader. Now if it were an 8" or 9" reader, or one of those hypothetical dual-screen Hanlins, yeah, I'd shell out $400 or 500 for one.

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If they did heavily subsidize the purchase, with the requirement that you buy X books in Y years (such as Audible and their "free" MP3 players), then I think I would jump on it. However, I would still have to see the device first. If the keyboard is as large as it is in the FCC submitted photo, then no way in hell. I don't mind a tiny thumboard for the once in a blue moon need for text entry. But that mid-sized keyboard really turns me off.
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Old 10-05-2007, 10:21 AM   #13
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If they did heavily subsidize the purchase, with the requirement that you buy X books in Y years (such as Audible and their "free" MP3 players), then I think I would jump on it. However, I would still have to see the device first. If the keyboard is as large as it is in the FCC submitted photo, then no way in hell. I don't mind a tiny thumboard for the once in a blue moon need for text entry. But that mid-sized keyboard really turns me off.
Just an idea to follow on that... the keyboard could be split in two rows, one on each side, that are thumb operated, a little like that numbered button row on that new 505. It could work although with a steep learning curve to be efficient.
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I was thinking of buttons like this:
http://www.umpcportal.com/gallery/d/5240-2/Q1+Ultra.jpg
But below screen and not split up too much, just enough to allow the average thumb to get to them from the edges of the device.
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I was thinking of buttons like this:
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But below screen and not split up too much, just enough to allow the average thumb to get to them from the edges of the device.
Yeah, that would work because that umpc keyboard eats up a lot of real estate, but of course they would need it anyway for the huge inards required. Putting the buttons down at the bottom would make it a difficult grip though.

A reader is not so filled up with circuits and drives, so the less outside space used, the better. My suggestion had a drawback too, going up and down requires changing grip at every two or three letters...
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