My New Kindle 2
I took the plunge and bought an Amazon Kindle 2. This was a tough decision because (here’s where my family roll their eyes) I’m a bit obsessive about my books. But there are times when I’d really like a book NOW. So I’m considering this an expensive experiment. Here are my impressions so far.
- Packaging was very cool. Nicely done.
- Instructions were very easy to follow. I was up and running in seconds.
- The device came set up and registered so I didn’t have to register it. I could start browsing the Kindle store and downloading.
- I bought the standard leather case (see below) and I’m glad I did. It lets me feel like I’m holding a real book which I like.
- The Whispernet technology was amazing. Well done Sprint.
- It came with The New Oxford American Dictionary loaded for free which is always handy.
- I can preview books for free.
- I’ve bought already The Peloponnesian War by Thucydides, Richard Crawley ($0.99) which I ordered from the Kindle itself.
- I then ordered – via my computer on Amazon’s site – David Liss’ book, The Whiskey Rebels: A Novel - and with one click, it was automatically sent to my Kindle 2. It was done in seconds. Sweet! And I paid $9.99.
- I can also download and listen to audiobooks but these I must download to my Mac and then transfer to the Kindle. The unit has two speakers and a headset jack.
- The Kindle comes with text-to-speech technology so i can have any text book read to me if I choose. The voice intonation is not at all bad. It’s not a performance but it’s quite functional.
- I can archive content on Amazon’s site and reload anytime I want which is great. No need to hook up to the computer or store on an external harddrive.
- I can bookmark, mark up, highlight, and add notes to what I’m reading.
- I can store personal documents. I can send any document to my Kindle email and Amazon will convert it to pdf [CORRECTION – IT DOESN’T CONVERT TO PDF BUT A PROPRIETARY FORMAT but read the comments for more options] for free and ship it back to my computer. To send it to the Kindle, they will charge a small fee. This is one of their “experimental” features.
- I can transfer MP3s to my Kindle to listen to music while I read. The transfer would be from my Mac.