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Old 11-06-2008, 05:26 PM   #1
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So, I had been debating for a while about selling my Kindle and putting the cash toward a PRS-700. I liked the prospect of a better PDF viewer particularly since there are some rather complex PDFs I'd like on an e-reader. I'm still considering getting a Sony but I might just get the PRS-500 for complex PDFs. But getting back to my rekindle, I surmised that (even though it may not be most of the price) I figured the only real advantage Kindle has up against other devices is its whispernet. A function I'd rarely use. Simply because I don't buy enough Amazon books or periodicals and I was not impressed with the browser. Once they offered free New York Times and Wton Post on Amazon till the 6th, I realized that I really do enjoy reading the paper on the Kindle. It also dawned on me, that whether or not there might be some things other ebook readers have up on the Kindle, Amazon has too great a grip on really good industries. Apple is the same way with the iPod/iPhone. The success of these are more because of the affiliations they have. Just like how the first Playstation succeeded, they got licenses to the greatest games of the 90's. For some they even got exclusive rights.

In short, I think I've found a good use for the Kindle now that I use it for periodicals and maybe eventually books. But I've got a couple questions if some of the answers are yes, I think I'd be so satisfied with the Kindle, I'm not even concered about Kindle 2.0. Here goes:

1) E-Mail Interface? I'd like to make more use of the web abilities. Is it plausible to think that Amazon might make a goof e-mail interface for the Kindle that is designed for the Kindle's screen? I find a it bit awkward through the browser. When I say interface, I mean the same way you might have an e-mail app on your PC or Mac.

2) Browser improvement? The browser works well in advanced and default depending on the site, but some things I try to sign in on always fail and that never seems to change.

3) Magazines? Are there more magazines on the way? Any news on this?

4) Obsoleteness? Will there be a new format for ebooks and periodicals with 2.0? Will there be goodies I miss out on as a 1.0 customer?

5) Updates? Are there any updates on the way? Anything promised or rumored? Are those experimental things something that will be improved with software updates or they hardware issues that will never get better on this device?

I don't expect official answers to these questions, but are they plausible or not? Any Kindle experts here?
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Old 11-06-2008, 05:29 PM   #2
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You can read all those periodicals on the sony as well. Free. Provided you dont mind plugging your reader into the compter every morning and waitng a few minutes.
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1) E-Mail Interface? I'd like to make more use of the web abilities. Is it plausible to think that Amazon might make a goof e-mail interface for the

2) Browser improvement? The browser works well in advanced and default depending on the site, but some things I try to sign in on always fail and that never seems to change.
Actually Gmail works pretty well. But, you have to set the browser to advanced mode and enable javascript. Once I did that the browser worked much better. I didn't even know about these settings until I got the ebook "The Complete User's Guide to the Amazing Amazon Kindle (The perfect gift and due-diligence tool for prospective Kindle buyers!)" They gave it away free for a few days so I grabbed it.

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3) Magazines? Are there more magazines on the way? Any news on this?
I'm sure the official answer is yes... but they don't pre-announce. Your best bet is to subscribe to the Kindle blog. It is free in the Kindle store... or you can subscribe with a PC RSS reader.

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4) Obsoleteness? Will there be a new format for ebooks and periodicals with 2.0? Will there be goodies I miss out on as a 1.0 customer?
I am only speculating here, but my supposition is NO WAY. They are not going to change format and orphan all the current Kindle users. However, that doesn't mean they will not change formats. But, I am pretty sure if they do then firmware updates will be provided automatically through Whispernet... and if you redownload the ebooks again they will be in this new format... or perhaps it will support both formats.

Once again, all of the above is speculation. However, it makes sense. The Kindle is a very new device. I am sure there will be updated firmware. I am sure there will be more content added daily. I am also sure there will eventually be a new hard ware version too. That is the way tech works.

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Old 11-08-2008, 09:19 AM   #4
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Thanks for the info from both of you. I may have both if I sell the iTouch, so we'll see. But I just picked up that Kindle guide. I'm glad that I did. For $2.99 you discover where all the expense for Kindle went. 've a found a lot more ways to use this device now.

I'd also like to point out that if you have comic books in .pdf it's easier to convert them to .jpg and put them in a folder to view rather than converting them with .pdf read. You actually get use of more of the screen too. the comic book's page goes right to the edges of the screen!
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