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Gina Trapani

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    We’re a two Kindle family and love ’em!

    I wonder if the 2 will enhance the web browsing capability of the original?

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    Ian Parker

    I’ll be picking up a Kindle because the form factor is perfect for toting around all of those heavy programming reference texts that grace the home and office bookshelves. I really like the annotation/note-taking features. As you said, unless the book is one that I absolutely must have on my shelves, then the Kindle is the perfect solution for my reading consumption.

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    Hard to try as it’s not sold in stores. Those of us without early adopter friends or the willingness to trust Amazon’s marketing people will just have to wait until they get much more popular.

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    I don’t know, I’m pretty intrigued by the whole idea of having a Kindle. However, it would wind up being another device I’d have to carry around with me, in addition to a cell phone and mp3 player, but these days, I guess that’s just how it is, and maybe that’s okay.

    I’d like to see one in the wild before I make a decision, which is probably easier said that done.

    Gina, why do you find that you read more books on the Kindle versus carrying around the dead tree book you’re currently reading?

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    So if I dont want the wireless selling machine, I better go for the Foxit eSlick reader, much cheaper and with same greatness of eink, right?

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    Gina Trapani

    Gina, why do you find that you read more books on the Kindle versus carrying around the dead tree book you’re currently reading?

    It’s ease of browsing and acquisition. I find myself visiting Amazon on the Kindle and downloading sample chapters of books a lot more than I ever physically visited a library or bookstore.

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    Can the Kindle back up downloaded content to my desktop or an external hard drive?

    How many books can it store?

    Are the expansion memory cards available?

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    Forgot to ask:

    If the Kindle downloads via cell signal, does it require a cell plan?

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    Please delete ALL of my previous questions. I hadn’t watched the video yet…

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    Eric S. Mueller

    I’ve never been sure why this has to be a black or white issue, but a lot of people seem to want to make it so (I don’t think Gina is). Some people love physical books so much that they claim a desire to never give those books up. Great, don’t.

    Others think there is a lot of promise in devices like the Kindle and ebooks. I don’t have a Kindle yet. I’m sure I’ll end up with one someday, but for now I carry a Samsung Epix, a BlackBerry, and an iPod Touch. I’ve been using MobiPocket to read public domain books on my Epix, but the screen is kind of small and I’ve started reading them on my computer instead. My dad has a Kindle and loves it.

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    I think that many book-lovers have an old-fashioned / nostalgic attachment to paper (aka “dead tree”) books but I’m sure this will change over time. Actually for working in book publishing, e-readers are fantastic. Who wants to lug around all those paper manuscripts?

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    Eric Bono

    So, it appears, the content you purchase for you Kindle is not yours. My concern is, if you cannot use that content on any other device, such as backing it up on your computer, then what, really are you purchasing? The right to read? I guess, since the prices are mostly much lower than buying a book outright, that this is sort of fair. Really, I love the look of the gadget and would probably enjoy using it but, I don’t think I am comfortable with the idea of paying such a high price for what amounts to rental rights. Hopefully, in the future, pricing will accommodate this in a cheaper manner, sort of like netflix.

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    Two features you’ve turned me on to that I think I would like:

    1. Note taking while reading. I’ve always been a big fan of marginalia – especially when it’s in other people’s books – and can see myself slowing down to record my own observations on a kindle more so than its dog-eared bretheren.

    2. A better way to read PDF’s. I’m a big buyer of books on demand and really do want a better way to read them.

    Clearly the Kindle will not replace my annual sojourn to my favorite out-of-town used bookstore. BUT…

    Well, you get the picture.

    Thanks for the post, Gina. I’m glad you took my Kindle bait!

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    jan geronimo

    Because you qualify your fascination with Kindle with the phrase “adds, but doesn’t replace book collection,” I’m fine with it. Perhaps, I’d even try it myself, after borrowing a friend’s Kindle to see what makes it tick. That you can type notes and import the same to a another device makes buying one really tempting. For now, however, I’d prefer my books on dead-tree version.

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