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Old 11-25-2009, 08:44 AM   #1
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Why wireless only for content delivery?

I just bought a Kindle as I live in Canada and they have just been released here. Given the higher wireless rates in Canada there are a bunch of differences between Canada and the US. For example, newspapers and mags for Canada have text only - no graphics. And content such as books are more expensive - presumably since Amazon has to pay the Wirelesss network provider(s) more.

Why doesn't Amazon offer document deliver via USB connection to your PC? Then they could offer all of the graphics for newspapers/mags and they could charge less for other content. You have to charge your Kindle anyhow and I wouldn't mind if I just plugged it into my PC every night and then unplugged it when I leave for work in the morning. This may not totally fit into Amazon's vision for the Kindle but that vision isn't being realized today in many markets outside of the US where the devices are semi-crippled (no graphics, no web browser, no free document delivery via email to yourname@kindle.com).

Since I found Calibre I may be essentially doing this process and not bothering subscribing to content via Kindle but using the Calibre method instead which will require a nightly plugin if I want daily newspapers.
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Old 11-25-2009, 08:59 AM   #2
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?? Are the international versions different? I am plugged into the USB port right now, downloaded a book & the SW update.
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Old 11-25-2009, 10:52 AM   #3
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But I don't think subscriptions get downloaded by any way other than the wireless network - so even if I have my Kindle plugged into the PC my daily newspaper update will come over the wireless network. The same thing with using the Kindle store - I could be wrong but I seem to recall that if you shut the wireless radio off then you can't access the Kindle store.
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Old 11-25-2009, 12:44 PM   #4
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While we're at it why not put in WIFI and not even HAVE to use a cable? Would eliminate a LOT of the cost to Amazon for Whispernet.

I seem to recall a post about RE-enabling USB networking so that the Kindle CAN receive updates via a connected PC. I think it was a boon to people outside the US using a non international Kindle. I can't find it though.

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Old 11-25-2009, 01:01 PM   #5
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But I don't think subscriptions get downloaded by any way other than the wireless network - so even if I have my Kindle plugged into the PC my daily newspaper update will come over the wireless network. The same thing with using the Kindle store - I could be wrong but I seem to recall that if you shut the wireless radio off then you can't access the Kindle store.
You can download your subscriptions to your computer from the "Manage Your Kindle" page then transfer them to your Kindle. There are people in areas where Whispernet does not reach so there is always a download to computer option.
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Old 11-25-2009, 01:25 PM   #6
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While we're at it why not put in WIFI and not even HAVE to use a cable? Would eliminate a LOT of the cost to Amazon for Whispernet.

I seem to recall a post about RE-enabling USB networking so that the Kindle CAN receive updates via a connected PC. I think it was a boon to people outside the US using a non international Kindle. I can't find it though.
one of the reasons the Kindle is as popular as it is, is that it is not necessarily tied to a computer. you can do everything you need to do as a reader (not a computer hacker/guru/genius) without being around a computer at all. when I first got my first Kindle I spent a couple of months living and teaching skiing on a mountain without computer access. shortly thereafter I was working at a government job and could not plug anything USB related into my computer, nor could I download any files to that computer. I didn't have internet access where I was living because of expense (I was maintaining 2 homes at the time). going to internet cafes or the library would not have been the solution. I can also see the potential of retired RVers, boat live aboards, many areas in Wyoming, New Mexico and Arizona and numerous other instances of limited computer access making the Kindle the perfect answer for many many people.
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Old 11-25-2009, 02:11 PM   #7
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one of the reasons the Kindle is as popular as it is, is that it is not necessarily tied to a computer. you can do everything you need to do as a reader (not a computer hacker/guru/genius) without being around a computer at all. . .
Sure BUT why not offer BOTH? Separate WIFI and phone networking, shut off / turn on which ever you want or need. Upoad books or music directly from a PC wirelessly.

Just saying it would of made the Kindle a much more versatile device.
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Old 11-25-2009, 02:21 PM   #8
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Sure BUT why not offer BOTH? Separate WIFI and phone networking, shut off / turn on which ever you want or need. Upoad books or music directly from a PC wirelessly.
I agree - especially for those of us outside of the US where functionality of the Kindle is restricted due to the high cost of wireless network.

But the one downside to running with wifi turned on would be the battery drain - my Blackberry has wifi, as well as 3G, and if I turn the wifi on the battery drains twice as quickly.

But it would be nice if I could get graphics in newspapers and magazine and I am willing to download to my PC to get them.

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Sure BUT why not offer BOTH? Separate WIFI and phone networking, shut off / turn on which ever you want or need. Upoad books or music directly from a PC wirelessly.

Just saying it would of made the Kindle a much more versatile device.
but we CAN do that!
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Old 11-25-2009, 03:27 PM   #10
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Given the higher wireless rates in Canada there are a bunch of differences between Canada and the US. For example, newspapers and mags for Canada have text only - no graphics.
I'm pretty sure that is the way it is in the U.S. too... and has been from the start.

I'm sure someone will correct me if I am wrong about this.... since I have never actually subscribed to anything.

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but we CAN do that!
Well I guess through the email interface, I would just like to sync Calibre and Kindle over my Wifi without having to drag out my cable, not to mention browse the web and download books at a far faster rate. I downloaded about 15 books to Kindle for PC and had them a lot faster than my Kindle device.
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US Subscriptions don't have graphics, either.
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Old 11-26-2009, 04:32 PM   #13
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US Subscriptions don't have graphics, either.
I stand corrected - I thought that the WSJ on Kindle had their "pencil drawings" or whatever they are called.
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