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Old 03-16-2009, 01:12 PM   #1
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K2 doesn't really have 2G of space

Howdy,

One of my biggest worries in buying a K2 was that it had no way to expand
the memory from the advertised two gigabytes that are built in. I tend to
store a lot of documents on my e-readers (this is the fourth in our house,
after the Iliad, PRS-505 and PRS-700).

What I noticed the other day was that my K2 was telling me that I only had
1.4G of space left. I had bought only a few books and thought this was odd
so I plugged the device into my Mac to look at it as a USB drive. It turns
out that although Amazon advertize the box as having 2G that must include
the space for the OS and supporting files. The available space on the
device is really 1.4G, of which I've only used 30M. Although I don't anticipate
this being a problem before the next version comes out, in a year or so,
I was none too pleased to find this out after buying the device.
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Old 03-16-2009, 01:17 PM   #2
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GV3, under 'technical details' on the main Amazon Kindle page, it lists '

Storage: 2GB internal (approximately 1.4GB available for user content).


Here's the site
http://www.amazon.com/Kindle-Amazons...pf_rd_i=507846
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Old 03-16-2009, 02:50 PM   #3
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Yeah, but you gotta admit that's pretty misleading. It's one thing when you get a 500 gb computer and 40 gigs are used by the system. It's another thing when you get a 2 gb device and a FOURTH of it's small space is used by the system.

But, at least books are tiny! More than enough space for me... still kinda stinky of Amazon, though.
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Old 03-16-2009, 02:53 PM   #4
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Yeah, but you gotta admit that's pretty misleading. It's one thing when you get a 500 gb computer and 40 gigs are used by the system. It's another thing when you get a 2 gb device and a FOURTH of it's small space is used by the system.

But, at least books are tiny! More than enough space for me... still kinda stinky of Amazon, though.
Not misleading at all. Clearly states the amount available for user content.

On this, Amazon is "up front"
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Old 03-16-2009, 02:58 PM   #5
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Yeah, I read that on the Amazon Kindle page prior to pre-purchasing my Kindle 2. This was not something they hid from us.
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Old 03-16-2009, 03:27 PM   #6
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IIRC starting with the initial press conference they've been saying 2GB with approx. 1.4 available for user content.
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Old 03-18-2009, 03:34 AM   #7
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Nevertheless, the "1500 books" estimate seems accurate... conservative, if anything, unless you want to have 1500 copies of _War and Peace_.
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Nevertheless, the "1500 books" estimate seems accurate... conservative, if anything, unless you want to have 1500 copies of _War and Peace_.
Depends -- on book size, obviously (I have quite a few quite large ebooks) -- and don't forget the space that is used for indexing each book.
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Old 03-18-2009, 03:09 PM   #9
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They have an operating system, so of course its not going to give you 2 full Gs.
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Old 03-18-2009, 03:15 PM   #10
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The reason for stating 2GB storage is simple marketing. Personally, I just back up everything I can to my computer hard drive and swap as needed.
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Depends -- on book size, obviously (I have quite a few quite large ebooks) -- and don't forget the space that is used for indexing each book.
Right now I have 800 books loaded. 450MB used for books. 250MB used for music. 200MB used for indexing. 500MB free. If I delete the music and loaded up entirely on books, assuming indexing is linear with the size of the books, that'll get me right at 1500 books.
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I would prefer expandable memory, but in my opinion 1.4 gb of space for books is just fine. If you want alot of audio books or music though it's not enough.

My big problem with the Kindle is the lack of a better system for organization. I would prefer user defined categories (or folder based) structure.

I really don't understand WHY they removed the memory card slot though. It can't take up that much room, and from what I've seen there is a section on the circuit board already laid out for it.
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I would prefer expandable memory, but in my opinion 1.4 gb of space for books is just fine. If you want alot of audio books or music though it's not enough.

My big problem with the Kindle is the lack of a better system for organization. I would prefer user defined categories (or folder based) structure.

I really don't understand WHY they removed the memory card slot though. It can't take up that much room, and from what I've seen there is a section on the circuit board already laid out for it.
Supposedly, thats for a "sim" card
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Howdy,

One of my biggest worries in buying a K2 was that it had no way to expand
the memory from the advertised two gigabytes that are built in. I tend to
store a lot of documents on my e-readers (this is the fourth in our house,
after the Iliad, PRS-505 and PRS-700).

What I noticed the other day was that my K2 was telling me that I only had
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device is really 1.4G, of which I've only used 30M. Although I don't anticipate
this being a problem before the next version comes out, in a year or so,
I was none too pleased to find this out after buying the device.
This is how most companies advertise their storage capacity. I can't think of a device that doesn't do it like this
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Right now I have 800 books loaded. 450MB used for books. 250MB used for music. 200MB used for indexing. 500MB free. If I delete the music and loaded up entirely on books, assuming indexing is linear with the size of the books, that'll get me right at 1500 books.
I have 405 books that take up about 800 GB (including index files) on my K1 SD card.

Vive la différence!
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