I did it. I broke down and bought a Kindle. I like it because:
- It’s light – it really does weigh about the same as a paperback.
- I can carry several books in a very small space. I always read at least one fiction and one non-fiction book at the same time and this way I can carry them both around.
- I can really easily take notes by highlighting sections of text or typing in a note. I really like that. (I’d like it if I could use the Kindle a bit more like a journal – that’d be great.)
- The screen works really well. It looks good.
- I can really quickly look up any book on Amazon, see the ratings, read the reviews, download a sample. So no more writing down a title to look up later.
- The wireless works really well. It works in my parents’ town in South Dakota where my cell phone won’t work!
- It comes with a browser – I can check my gmail account (rather awkwardly.)
- I can get any book I want (that’s available for the Kindle) instantly.
- The battery lasts a long time.
- I’ve been reading the newspaper again. The New York Times shows up every morning. (But I’m also on vacation which means I have more time to read the paper.)
- The screen saver. They show covers of old books, pictures of authors, tips, … and for some reason I like them.
Things I’d improve on:
- The keyboard is too small to work as a real keyboard, too big to use your thumbs.
- The browser is really awkward.
- I’d like to highlight a title in a book and search Amazon for the book. (One of the books I’m reading now constantly refers to other books.)
- It takes a second to turn the page. (The Kindle 2 is much better.)
- It takes a couple of seconds to unfreeze the screen. (Again, the Kindle 2 is better.)
- The buttons for previous page and next page are too easy to hit accidentally. (Luckily you can freeze the screen.) The Kindle 2 solved this by changing the buttons. If you’ve used a Kindle 1, it takes a bit to get used to but it works better.
- A journal function. Right now I just take a note in whatever book I happen to be reading but it shows up as a note in that book.
- I want an easy way to view “My Clippings” (my highlights and notes) on my computer. Right now I have to sync my Kindle and manually copy the file over.
- International wireless. I’m going to miss the daily paper when I travel internationally. (Which is now available! But it looks like they might charge an extra fee to download it when traveling internationally.)
Overall, I’m very happy with my Kindle. And Amazon is making a lot of money as I bought a lot of books for it!