My approach to new technology is simple: when it appears in a Smithsonian display, I’m ready to give it a try. (Who needs CDs? Those wax cylinders sound perfectly fine if you just take care of them.) So I don’t have a Kindle, and I’m not terribly well informed as to whatever drawbacks are going to be remedied by the Kindle 2 that’s about to be rolled out. Perhaps some of my more tech-savvy readers will bring us up to date.

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2 thoughts on “Rekindle

  1. Fred Kiesche says:

    Problem one: Do you really need that wireless hookup? The network they use is kind of iffy, at best.

    Problem two: The “Kindle book” is just a Amazon-variant of a program called Mobipocket. Amazon whacks you with DRM. Better to get a more “open” eBook reader that will allow you to load other books onto it (other formats). Talk to me, Steve, if you’re serious.

    For a cheaper approach, you can pick up a PalmOS based PDA for cheap on eBay that will allow you to read many eBooks in many formats. Or, if you have a fancy enough iPod variant (iPhone, iTouch), you can read eBooks there.

    No need to go to the 500-pound gorilla. There are many cheaper alternatives.

  2. Steven Hart says:

    Thanks for the info. I still get too much pleasure from holding a physical book to cough up the dough for an e-book reader. Given the speed with which I’ve come to love my iPod, however, my resistance to e-books could end at any moment.

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