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I've mentioned the Kindle before,

  Forum Editor 19:12 29 Sep 2010

but I've recently received one of the new generation 3G models, and it has prompted me to ask what you think - do you have a Kindle, and if so, how do you feel about it - is it, and its competitor e-book readers going to revolutionise the way we read?

Mine already has around fifty books on it (only 3450 to go before it's full), and I've taken it with me whenever I've been on the move for the past three weeks. I had a previous version Kindle, and this one is an improvement in terms of the display, it really is just like reading a printed page.

Add the email facility, the ability to store my files, and connect to the web free of charge using the 'experimental' browser (still some work to do on that, Amazon), and for £149 it's a very impressive bit of kit.

  morddwyd 19:54 29 Sep 2010

My wife has the Sony e-book, and has used it a lot, but to be honest with charity booktables in stores and our local Legion Hall, it is simpler just to buy a few as you go by, and re-donate them the next visit.

  canarieslover 20:08 29 Sep 2010

Have you tried reading while having a bath? I'm afraid that it's one of my favourite things to do, but I have this silly habit of falling asleep in the bath as well. At least I can dry out a cheap paperback and carry on reading it. Can you do that with the Kindle?????

  Forum Editor 22:41 29 Sep 2010

"....if the device breaks, you lose the lot in one go."

No, you don't. Details of all my book purchases are stored on an Amazon server, and if I break the Kindle, or something goes wrong with it I can download them again, either onto a new Kindle, or onto a PC.

  Forum Editor 22:43 29 Sep 2010

You can't distribute e-book files, that would be a copyright licence breach.

  Forum Editor 22:58 29 Sep 2010

The 'page' size on my kindle is 120mm x 90mm (3.5 x 4.75 inches in old money). It doesn't sound huge, but in reality it's just right - you can alter the font size to get more or less text to a page.

In practice reading is easy and relaxing, there's no sense of peering at a tiny page. Definition is crystal clear, and I can read easily in bright sunlight. Reading in dim conditions isn't so easy because the screen isn't back-lit, it uses electronic ink, and looks just like a paper page.

Book costs vary, You'll pay £6.99 for the Tony Blair memoirs, and I bought the complete Sherlock Holmes works - that's nine volumes - for £2.67. All books are cheaper, but works out of copyright are extremely cheap - some cost as little as 78p.

Downloading a book takes less than a minute on average, and if you buy the 3G model you can connect to Amazon's 'whisper net' free of charge almost anywhere and browse the catalogue/make purchases.

Can you tell that I'm a Kindle fan?

  Forum Editor 23:09 29 Sep 2010

Yes to your PDF question. When you get a Kindle you also get a unique email address, to which you can send documents. These appear automatically on your Kindle a few minutes later - how many minutes depends on your 3G signal.

Your Kindle will accept and display documents in PDF format, or you can send in many other formats - word docs for instance. When you send the files you type 'convert' in the subject line, and Amazon will automatically convert everything to a Kindle-compatible format and send it to your Kindle.

If you don't want to email your PDFs you can connect the Kindle to your PC via USB and drag the files over to the Kindle.

You can also drag MP3 tracks across, and listen to background music while you read.

  Forum Editor 23:11 29 Sep 2010

yes, images display beautifully, but in monochrome - the Kindle screen doesn't do colour.

  Forum Editor 23:50 29 Sep 2010

Gutenberg has been running for a very long time now, and it's very good. The slight drawback is that everything is in plain text, which isn't as easy on the eye, and although the project has been going for around 30 years they only have 33,000 books in the main list.... but they are free, and as you say, you can't complain.

The Kindle bookstore already has around half a million titles and new ones are added all the time - lots of newly published books are produced in a Kindle version.

  Forum Editor 23:53 29 Sep 2010

I imagine that a colour version of the Kindle is a very low priority for Amazon - it wouldn't really add anything to the reading experience, and they're selling Kindles as fast as they can make them - I had to wait several weeks to get my hands on mine.

  BT 08:58 30 Sep 2010

My local library has free downloadable books which are available for 7,14 or 21 days 'Loan'

click here

It seems that they are useable on most portable devices including iPad/Kindle type.
click here

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