Yes, I am finally the delighted owner of a Kindle 2, Amazon’s newest generation of electronic reader. Like everyone who cruises the Internet regularly, I’d read about the Kindle, Sony’s reader, etc. I was sort of intrigued by the idea, but I wanted to let others try out the goods first, then pass on their wisdom to me. In others words, let some other suckers shell out their cash and let me know whether the expense was worthwhile.
Late last fall, a friend of mine showed me her Kindle 1, which looks like this:
I played around with her Kindle and was impressed with the easy navigation, the ease of purchasing and uploading books and the fact that the Kindle, lacking a backlit screen, causes very little, if any, eyestrain. One thing I didn’t like about it was that it felt a bit too much like a cheap, plastic toy.
After pondering the matter for about a month, I announced to the deacon that I wanted a Kindle for Christmas. We placed the order and were immediately informed that they were out of stock and would not be available until late February. So, I settled down to wait. In mid-February, Amazon told me that my order was being upgraded to the Kindle 2. Having gotten the toy a few days ago and had some time to play with it, I’m very glad I waited. It’s probably only a matter of personal taste, but I prefer the look of the Kindle 2 over that of Kindle 1. Kindle 2 also has a nice, substantive feel without feeling heavy – it weighs about 10 ounces. Moreover, the Kindle 2 reportedly has longer battery life, faster screen refresh rates and other improvements that techies (one of which I’m not) really like. Most importantly, Kindle 2 has a much larger memory than Kindle 1 did.
The biggest reason I chose Kindle rather than the Sony reader is that Amazon’s digital library is growing quickly. I’m not sure how many digital books Sony has available right now, but I think the number is quite a lot lower than Amazon’s current library of 242,000 + titles. Sony’s reader looks like this:
Amazon also has hundreds of digital books, many of which are public domain works, available for free. Many books cost $9.99 or less, and others (specialty, professional, etc.) cost quite a lot regardless of whether you buy digital or bound versions. So, for the most part, I can buy more books for less money and have much less clutter in my house. Not a bad bargain, from my point of view.
That’s all I have to say about the Kindle Reader at the moment, as I’m still figuring out how to use all of its features. So, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go read a book.
– the chaplain