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Old 12-06-2007, 10:13 PM   #1
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Question...

Has anyone begun to think of their Kindle as an e-library, not ebook reader? It may sound a little goofy, but I am beginning to feel that way.

I don't think e-library really fits. Does anyone have a better idea?
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Old 12-06-2007, 11:33 PM   #2
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I think of the Kindle as an electronic gadget. I think of the 505 as an electronic book reader.

An electronic library would be something I setup on my computer with a good program as the front end to manage the ebooks.
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Old 12-07-2007, 12:03 AM   #3
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I have a bit. I don't think of it as a "gadget" at all. (Jon - Do you own one?) People make a huge deal out of the Internet access, but really that's more a means to the end of getting content and doing the occasional Wikipedia search. It's not suited for web surfing. It's suited for reading. My smartphone is way better for my "gadget" needs. The only thing that keeps the Kindle from fully seeming like a library is the lack of ability to organize content better. As it is now, I think of it more like a bookcase. At least it's sortable, which is one up on my bookcases, but I don't think I'll endeavor to fill my SD card until I can actually group things into categories.
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Old 12-10-2007, 09:35 PM   #4
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I think of it as a magic book that could become any e-book I owned, and any e-book I wanted to buy from Amazon. "Library" is not quite the right word for that--I guess a combination of "bookshelf" and "bookstore" comes closest.
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Old 12-13-2007, 02:16 PM   #5
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After getting my forth or so purchased book on it, it did occur to me that "library" was a better term for it than "book", yeah.

Library may be a bit of a stretch, but "book" is way too singular to describe it. It happens to look like a book though. There's definitely room here for some new clever terminology (or at least marketing-speak).

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Old 12-13-2007, 02:28 PM   #6
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Zoot, Have to disagree with you... I think the 500/505/Gen3 look more like books then the Kindle. The Kindle looks more like some sort of hand held game.
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Old 12-13-2007, 02:29 PM   #7
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I can see why that might be your impression of the look but I think us Kindle users are thinking more in terms of the experience of using them.
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Old 12-13-2007, 02:30 PM   #8
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I can see why that might be your impression of the look but I think us Kindle users are thinking more in terms of the experience of using them.
Well, in terms of use, then I would say all the eink readers are about the same once content is loaded.
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Old 12-13-2007, 02:34 PM   #9
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I meant only that it looks like a single book rather than a pile of books. No comment on the relative bookishness of the Kindle vs. the competition

I'm sure someone somewhere has already "modded" one of the readers into a hollowed-out real book, etc.

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Old 12-13-2007, 02:44 PM   #10
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Well, in terms of use, then I would say all the eink readers are about the same once content is loaded.
I think this is where the content organization capabilities would really differentiate. This is why I said it was somewhere between a bookcase and a library to me. A library is organized. It's sortable and searchable which really helps, but I'd like to be able to go to a category and browse. I REALLY hope they add subfolders or something in upcoming firmware. I only have a couple hundred titles on this thing and it's already unwieldy.
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Old 12-13-2007, 02:57 PM   #11
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Heh I am carrying around a 505 (which is full) and a Kindle. I switch between the two depending on which one has the book I want to read.

Kindle's software is, IMHO, more library-like than Sony's (but then I happen to think that Sony's software just really bites...).

The Sony is easier to carry around though, because it fits in my purse (the Kindle is too big).

They're both libraries to me though. I love them!!

I found a battery backup charger at Gomadic.com...it has interchangeable tips, and they have tips that fit each device, so I don't even need to worry about dead batteries. It t akes 4 AA batteries and recharges them as needed, even if I am reading at the same time.

It also works for my iPod and my Archos 605 WiFi (who's a gadget freak? Moi????) so I am all set 8-)

Someone please tell me why I feel compelled to have all this portable electronic gadgetry? I never actually *go* anywhere...
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Old 12-13-2007, 03:42 PM   #12
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I have a Sony 500 and think of it as a portable library. Just selections from a larger stockpile somewhere else. Quite like just the stuff I need for this trip or this week.
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Old 12-14-2007, 03:08 PM   #13
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I think this is where the content organization capabilities would really differentiate. This is why I said it was somewhere between a bookcase and a library to me. A library is organized. It's sortable and searchable which really helps, but I'd like to be able to go to a category and browse. I REALLY hope they add subfolders or something in upcoming firmware. I only have a couple hundred titles on this thing and it's already unwieldy.
Without categories it is much less than a library. Maybe it is a bookshelf. That is the model my ebookwise emulates and it does support categories. It draws a little bookshelf on the top of the manager and shows me how much room I have left on the shelf for books.

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