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Old 03-26-2014, 10:08 PM   #1
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I'm thinking about getting the $69 Kindle as a device to carry for reading on the road, on the subway, sitting in waiting rooms and standing in lines. I'm curious what thoughts and advice others might have. I love my old Kindle greatly and use it all the time but would rather not bring it with me into situations where it might get broken, lost, or stolen.
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I'm thinking about getting the $69 Kindle as a device to carry for reading on the road, on the subway, sitting in waiting rooms and standing in lines. I'm curious what thoughts and advice others might have. I love my old Kindle greatly and use it all the time but would rather not bring it with me into situations where it might get broken, lost, or stolen.
These are currently selling new at Staples or Best Buy for $49. I've done a lot of reading on one. I recently found a couple of them in good working condition at a pawn shop for $5 each (they have trouble selling non-color "tablets" without power supplies).

What's your "old" Kindle?
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These are currently selling new at Staples or Best Buy for $49. I've done a lot of reading on one. I recently found a couple of them in good working condition at a pawn shop for $5 each (they have trouble selling non-color "tablets" without power supplies).

What's your "old" Kindle?
According to his profile info, the Kindle DX.

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My personal thoughts on the matter would be not to bother -- I have been carrying around my Kindle Touch everywhere, for a long time now, and it's still good. I don't expect anything to happen, either. But I appreciate that other people may feel less confident for their particular usage scenarios.

A better idea would be to upgrade to the PW, just to have a new ereader. The touchscreen experience is a vast improvement over the Keyboard/DX/Basic Kindles, and you DO want one!

YOU WANT IT, YOU WANT IT!!


*target is subliminally encouraged to buy new Kindle*
*target is subliminally encouraged to buy new Kindle*


Think about it, you can then use your old kindle as a kick around device, guilt-free!
*YOU WANT IT!*

Sorry about that.

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Old 03-27-2014, 02:32 AM   #4
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I going to get a Basic for Dr appts & such. Since the K3 been disc I got lucky to get one in Nov from amazon! Thanks for the tip I check BB or Staples!
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Old 03-27-2014, 03:56 AM   #5
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According to his profile info, the Kindle DX.
Okay. Then I understand why Teyrnon would want something lighter to carry around. I think either the Kindle "NT" or Paperwhite would be fine -- but the Paperwhite costs about twice as much as the "NT"-- and it appears Teyrnon is quite happy with the DX for reading at home and that he/she is looking for a secondary Kindle, not a primary one.

As for the Paperwhite ... I'm still considering whether I want one or not. They are nice, but so are all the other Kindles, in my opinion. I've got a used Touch now -- which is turning into my primary reading machine (unless I'm reading in the dark where I use the Kindle "NT" with my M-Edge case and E-Luminator). I really don't have any problem going back and forth from buttons to touch. Of course, I'm used to it, because I went back and forth between my Kindle "NT" and Nook Simple Touch for quite a while -- still do use the Nook sometimes.
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Old 03-27-2014, 06:40 AM   #6
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On sale at Staples until 29th. Sold out in my area...sigh
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Old 03-27-2014, 06:46 AM   #7
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On sale at Staples until 29th. Sold out in my area...sigh
I'm sorry ... but aren't they offering free shipping? That's one advantage in an area like DFW -- lots of Staples around. And -- currently -- I've got a very slow Staples nearest to me, so they almost always have sale's stuff in stock. (This is probably one of the stores slated to be shut down, however.)

Have you checked Best Buy? They're also offering free shipping.
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Old 03-27-2014, 07:02 AM   #8
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I honestly wouldn't recommend "kicking around" a basic Kindle. Like all eInk Kindles it has a screen with a glass substrate, which will fracture if subject to shocks. Kick it, and it will almost certainly break.
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I honestly wouldn't recommend "kicking around" a basic Kindle. Like all eInk Kindles it has a screen with a glass substrate, which will fracture if subject to shocks. Kick it, and it will almost certainly break.
How about gently nudging it?

My Touch had something dropped on it (by someone else before I bought it). So, I've got a smallish grey spot in the middle of my screen. But I don't really notice that, what I notice is the little scratch on the bezel and sometimes I can't ignore it when I reading. I really like the black Kindles better than the grey, the bezel seems more "invisible" to me.
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Old 03-27-2014, 10:53 AM   #10
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I don't know where you are located but..I was at Bestbuy this week and they were selling two certified pre-owned Paperwhite 2 readers for $79 each with a one year bestbuy warranty. Any issues within a year and they will give me a new unit. I have been curious to know how the kindle compares to my Kobo Glo so I purchased one.

You may be able to get a pw2 at a good price if you shop around.

Just food for thought,


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Old 03-27-2014, 11:45 AM   #11
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I have been thinking about getting one of these just so that I can have a secondary kindle device that controls my collections. Recently I deregistered my paperwhite and ended up losing most of my big collections because Amazon has it set up for an actual kindle device to control where collections are synced from. Since the paperwhite is my only official kindle device that supports the new cloud collections, I've been debating if I want to get one. Of course even for $49 it is kind of expensive to buy just for the purpose of maintaining my collections.
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Old 03-27-2014, 08:01 PM   #12
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I would consider getting a paperwhite. The value of those minutes add up to a number much much larger than $69 during a year, so I'd just get the best. If it breaks, get a new one

The basic kindle is very good, but the built in light on the PW converts even more boring and wasted time into fun.
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I think it's a great idea. I bought a kindle for $50 and it has been my take-with-me device for a year now. If it breaks or is stolen, it is not a loss that will give me a lot of angst. It was also my lender model - family members would occasionally borrow it to read a book and then give it back. Again, if they drop it, I'm not going to get angst over it.

My bro is giving me his Kindle Keyboard since he hasn't read since he had a stroke. So, free. My prior lender model is being given to a family member since I currently need the text-to-speech function due to vision issues.

I know a lot of people push the PPW, but if lighting is not an issue, the low cost kindle is your best bet. I went for YEARS reading paperbacks everywhere - the light wasn't necessary. But, if the places you read at do have poor lighting, then it makes sense to use something with a light.

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Kick it? I don't know. I'd say it's 50-50.

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I bought a basic Kindle a year ago on sale, and I take it with me everywhere. I don't worry about leaving it in the car, reading in sub-zero temperatures while waiting for the bus, leaving it on the beach when I go for a swim, etc. With a cover, it really is pretty knock-around (maybe not kick around).

I would like a Paperwhite, though. But I have a stack of Kindle 3s that I've been given and repaired over the years, so I can't buy anything for awhile (well, I currently have only 4 of them, as I just gave away a couple to students).
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