Amazon Kindle |OT| of eInk superiority

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Wikipedia said:
The Amazon Kindle is a series of e-book readers now in its fifth generation. Amazon Kindle eReaders enable users to shop for, download, browse, and read e-books, newspapers, magazines, blogs, and other digital media via wireless networking.[1] The hardware platform, developed by Amazon.com subsidiary Lab126, began as a single device and now comprises a range of devices — most using an E Ink electronic paper display capable of rendering 16 shades of gray to simulate reading on paper while minimizing power consumption.




Amazon.com/kindle
Amazon.it/kindle
Amazon.es/kindle
Amazon.co.uk/kindle
Amazon.fr/kindle
Amazon.de/kindle

Stupidly high resolution images

Kindle source code - all versions
Kindle Documentation page
Kindle Software Update Page
Kindle Customer Service page
Kindle Troubleshooting page
Free Reading Apps main page
Amazon's Digital Text Platform page
Amazon's website "dedicated to helping Kindle customers learn more from the books they read."
Amazon's Free Book Collections main page

*Special Offers & Sponsored Screensavers display on Kindle when you're not reading.
** Amazon has added the option to subscribe to "Special Offers" for non-SO kindles on the 'manage your device' page.


MobileRead Forums E-Book Uploads
10,000+ postings in Sony Reader, MobiPocket, IMP, and miscellaneous other formats. Many of these are hand checked versions of the highest possible quality. They have been prepared by MobileReader users.
Borrow Kindle Books from Your Local Library (US)
You can check out a Kindle book from your local library and read it on any generation Kindle device or free Kindle reading app.

When you borrow a Kindle public library book, you'll have access to all the unique features of Kindle books, including real page numbers and Whispersync technology that synchronizes your notes, highlights, and last page read. After a public library book expires, if you check it out again or choose to purchase it from the Kindle store, all of your annotations and bookmarks will be preserved.

Kindle books are available at more than 11,000 libraries in the U.S.
Book lending (Thanks UltimaKilo)
Kindle lending is a feature launched by Amazon on December 30, 2010. Any Kindle book that has lending enabled can be loaned by one Kindle user to another for 14 days. At the end of the loan period the title is automatically transferred back to the book owners Kindle. Each Kindle book you own can only be loaned once. For more information on lending, go to the Amazon page on Lending Kindle Books.
Free (as in GPL2) translation dictionaries for the Kindle
I’ve had a Kindle for a little while and really like it, but one of the areas it seems to be somewhat lacking in is the availability of translation dictionaries, as such I knocked up a quick script to convert TinyLex dictionaries from the Apertium project into indexed Kindle dictionaries. The most useful of these is probably the German – English dictionaries as these are very complete (over 160,000 entries).
Mobileread wiki free books list
This page lists places where you can find free eBooks. It includes links to sites which allow online reading, and sites which provide downloads. Be sure to check E-book stores that also include some free eBooks. (They should not be listed on this page.) See also: EBook Lending Libraries, which allow you to borrow books for a limited time and Google eBook stores that provide access to lots of free eBooks. See Dictionary for available free dictionaries that may work on your reader. See Project Gutenberg for lots of free eBooks.
This is the link to Amazon's Free Book Collections main page
Free classics and out-of-copyright, pre-1923 books, as well as limited-time free promotional ebooks available for Kindle
FreeKindleBooks.org
Free Kindle Books offers 1000s of Free Classic E-books (below) in Kindle-compatible MOBI and PRC formats. Also for Windows PC, Mobile, PocketPC, Smartphone, Palm, Symbian, Nokia, Sony, Erisson, Blackberry, Franklin, Casio, Psion, Clie, Garmin, ...
Free eBooks by Project Gutenberg
Project Gutenberg is the place where you can download over 33,000 free ebooks to read on your PC, iPad, Kindle, Sony Reader, iPhone, Android or other portable device.
ManyBooks.net - The best eBooks at the best price: FREE!
Browse through the most popular titles, recommendations, or recent reviews from our visitors. Perhaps you'll find something interesting in the special collections. There are more than 29,000 eBooks available here and they're all free!


Screensaver hack for firmware up to 3.1. I will update this section when a hack for 3.2.x is released.

Jailbreak Your Kindle for Dead Simple Screensaver Customization
Backup your Kindle library by simply copying the /system/collections.json file and your kindle/documents folder to a safe location before proceeding with the jailbreak. If anything goes wrong just copy the files right back over.
Use your iPhone to tether your Kindle (Thanks UltimaKilo)
Kindle 1 Screen Saver Hack
Kindle Font Hack for all 2.x and 3.x Kindles
Changing the Margin Size - AL Waters for posting this on the Amazon forum - Posted by bloodydrake
Changing the Margin Size
Credit to AL Waters for posting this on the Amazon forum... edited by me for typos.

If like me you think the default margins on the Kindle 3 are much larger than they need to be then there is a simple method to make them smaller.

Step 1: Go to the Home page of the kindle and put it in USB drive mode. (Make sure you're on the homepage not reading a novel)

Step 2: View the files of the K3 and select the organize tab in the top left. Go onto the folder and search options select view and deselect the hide protected operating system files and select show hidden folders. Apply the changes and a system folder should become visible.

Step 3: Open the system folder the com.amazon.ebook.booklet.reader folder and open the reader file with notepad software.

Step 4: In this file you will find the line HORIZONTAL_MARGIN=40. This is the line you need to change. Change the 40 to the amont of pixels you want the margin to be. I've found 10 works well. When you've made the change save the file.

Step 5: Reload your kindle. To make the change go to the settings press the menu again and choose to restart. DO THIS BEFORE YOU OPEN A BOOK TO READ. Once the Kindle restarts open the book you're reading and the margins should be altered.


Kindle 3 Keyboard Shortcuts et al

Latest Version of these tips - In .mobi format – with Table of Contents and chapter marks
Download in .azw format – converted via Amazon – no TOC or chapter marks

Screenshot
  • ALT+SHIFT+G or ALT+SHIFT+H (saves a .GIF in the Kindle document directory)
    The screen flashes for both ALT+G and ALT+SHIFT+G. As it is easy to do an ALT+G by mistake, ALT+SHIFT+H may be a safer way to do a screenshot.

Background Music
  • Play/Stop: ALT+SPACEBAR
  • Next track: ALT+F
  • Music files must be MP3s in the Kindle’s ‘music’ folder

Games
  • Minesweeper: ALT+SHIFT+M from Home screen
    MENU for game options
  • GoMoku: G from Minesweeper

Kindle store
  • "Changing your country of residence works for anything in the Amazon store. If there are Kindle books only available in the U.S. and not in Canada but you live in Canada and want the book, change your address to a U.S. one, buy the book, then change it back. Vice versa too. Sometimes a book will be a lower price in the Canadian (or US) store and I'll pick the lower price one by changing my address. I have no idea why they let you get away with this, but I'm not complaining." -Manics (Thanks Manics)
catfish said:
If you do this a lot, they turn on checking, to see if your ip matches country and you get stuck with a 'contact amazon to continue' message :(


kindlefeeder.com 2.0 (Thanks hEist)
Kindlefeeder is a service for Amazon Kindle owners that lets you aggregate your favorite feeds and have them delivered to your Kindle in a convenient, easy-to-navigate format. Kindlefeeder also lets you save individual webpages and have them delivered to your Kindle along with your feeds.
Instapaper (Thanks hEist)
What does Instapaper do?

Instapaper facilitates easy reading of long text content.

We discover web content throughout the day, and sometimes, we don’t have time to read long articles right when we find them.

Instapaper allows you to easily save them for later, when you do have time, so you don’t just forget about them or skim through them.
Send to Kindle for Chrome
Send to Kindle for Firefox, Opera, Safari, and IE9
Send to Kindle is a Browser extension for Kindle owners who prefer reading web content on their devices. It’s designed to offer a quick way for pushing web content to Kindle, so you can read articles or news later on your device.
Kindlepedia
Create your own Kindle-formatted articles from Wikipedia by inserting the URL from the page you want to format from Wikipedia and press the button. A link to the formatted article will appear; just click on it to download to your computer. Then drag the file into the documents folder on your Kindle using the USB cord.
Kindle Maps
KindleMap.net is designed primarily for use with Kindles. However it can be used with PCs, Macs, the Apple iPhone, and other smart phones.

Information displayed on this website is based on content provided by Google, the U.S. Geological Survey and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.


Sigil - A WYSIWYG ebook editor. (Thanks Manics)
Sigil is a free and open source editor for the EPUB format. It is designed for easy, WYSIWYG editing of EPUB files and for converting other formats to EPUB. It also provides features for advanced users, like direct XHTML, CSS and XPGT editing.
Mangle
Mangle is cross-platform, open-source software that lets you rotate and down-sample images, automatically generate book data to keep manga pages in order, and sort and organize images with a bulk rename feature. With Mangle, users can change their viewing settings to meet their preferences, fitting width or height and zooming in/out as needed.
Calibre
Calibre is a free and open source e-book library management application developed by users of e-books for users of e-books. It has a cornucopia of features divided into the following main categories:
Library Management
E-book conversion
Syncing to e-book reader devices
Downloading news from the web and converting it into e-book form
Comprehensive e-book viewer
Content server for online access to your book collection

Adobe pdf2txt and pdf2htm online converter
Adobe PDF Conversion by Email Attachment
If the Adobe PDF file is on local media, such as a hard drive, CD-ROM, or internal server, it can be submitted as a MIME attachment to an e-mail message. All converted Adobe PDF documents will be sent back to the sender as MIME attachments. For plain text, mail the attached PDF to pdf2txt@adobe.com. For HTML, mail the attached PDF to pdf2html@adobe.com
Mobipocket eBook Creator
Mobipocket Creator is a desktop program to generate ebooks into the MobiPocket *.prc format out of text, html, Microsoft Word, Adobe PDF and graphics gallery formats.
eCub
To summarize, this is what eCub does:

* Creates unencrypted EPUB files from text or XHTML files;
* Creates MobiPocket files if you have the mobigen application;
* allows editing of the text or XHTML files with a simple internal editor or designated external editors;
* helps you create a simple cover design image;
* optionally creates title, content and cover pages;
* can be run from the command line as part of a build script;
* can be used in portable mode (data and settings are stored locally);
* can convert your book content to audio files (WAV or MP3).

eCub does not do WYSIWYG or syntax-highlighted editing, and it currently only produces unencrypted EPUB and MobiPocket output. It's likely to be useful for simple projects, such as novels, where using an expensive tool such as Adobe's InDesign is overkill.

We're providing eCub free of charge, on Windows, Linux, Mac, FreeBSD and Solaris, for personal and commercial use. However, eCub is not an open source application.


Blackjack
Amazon.com said:
Blackjack - one of the most popular casino card games of all time is now available on Kindle.
The Kindle version features all of the most common aspects of the game including splits, double down, surrender and insurance, as well as multiple options for customization that allow you to play the style of Blackjack that you want to play. For example, you can configure the game to match specific structures like 'Dealer must hit soft 17' - a common rule variation in many Las Vegas casinos.
Every Word
Amazon.com said:
If you like word scrambles then Every Word is the game for you. Test your vocabulary as you try to find as many words from the scrambled letters in this fun and fast-paced word game.
Shuffled Row
Amazon.com said:
Can you keep up with Shuffled Row? See how many words you can make from 60 lettered tiles.

The tiles are added to your row one at a time so you'll constantly be working with a new set of letters. After you submit a word, the letters you used will be removed and new ones will be added. Increase your score by using less common letters. Create longer words and increase your score even more.
Video Poker
Amazon.com said:
Play Vegas-style video poker on Kindle anytime, anywhere.

Video Poker accurately simulates the Vegas-style video poker machine known as Jacks or Better. After making a bet, you will be dealt five cards. You select which of these five cards to hold, and redraw the rest to try to make the best poker hand possible. A hand with a pair of Jacks or better wins
Number Slide
Amazon.com said:
Number Slide brings the classic sliding number puzzle to Kindle.

In Number Slide, you are presented with a set of numbered tiles on a grid. One tile is removed and the remaining tiles are scrambled. The objective is to get all the tiles into proper numeric order by moving the tiles into the one open space and sliding them around until they are back where they belong.
Dots and Boxes
Amazon.com said:
The classic game of Dots and Boxes comes to Kindle!

In Dots and Boxes, you are presented with a set of dots in a 5x5 grid. One by one, each player must fill in a horizontal or vertical line between two dots. The player that completes a box by filling in the fourth side captures that box. Completing a box allows a player to immediately make another move. When all 16 boxes are claimed, the player with the most boxes wins.


Amazon launches Kindle Touch and Touch 3G: starts at $99, ships November 21st

Amazon reveals $79 Kindle, ships today! (Today being Sept. 28th)

Kindle Paperwhite reviews (thanks to Jayayess1190 and Wario64):



Kobo eReader
Sony Reader website
B&N Nook homepage
GAF Nook color thread
New Ipad Homepage
GAF 'The New Ipad' |OT|



What are you reading? (March 2012)
GAF Book Club (June 2011) - "The Happiness Project" by Gretchen Rubin
Best eInk e-reader right now?
Amazon to release Wifi only version of Kindle eReader for $139
Direct link to Maklersheds post #1 with various book/reading related links
Goodreads
Goodreads is the largest social network for readers in the world. A place for casual readers and bona-fide bookworms alike, Goodreads members recommend books, compare what they are reading, keep track of what they've read and would like to read, form book clubs and much more.
 
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I've been thinking of getting one. The thing is though, I really like books. I like having shelves full of books, and I have a lot of books standing around that I haven't gotten to read yet. I'd be all over this thing if I could get the paper book AND the ebook together for a resonable price, but I'm really opposed to buying stuff twice just so I have a digital version of it :/
 
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Nymerio said:
I've been thinking of getting one. The thing is though, I really like books. I like having shelves full of books, and I have a lot of books standing around that I haven't gotten to read yet. I'd be all over this thing if I could get the paper book AND the ebook together for a resonable price, but I'm really opposed to buying stuff twice just so I have a digital version of it :/
main reason i haven't bought one
 
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Having a kindle has easy doubled the amount of reading I do. I like the idea of having books around, too, but this thing is just so damn convenient. It fits in my (smallish) bag way better than basically any sized book could.
 

AstroLad

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Hey nice OP -- I've been thinking about how GAF needs one of these for some time now. Going to go back and read through it later and probably learn a fair amount I'm sure.

Been a New Kindle owner for a month or two now and I quite like it. E-ink tech is absolutely where it's at for heavy reading. It's funny because I just printed out a ton of law-review articles for reading since I'm about to embark on a cross-country move and I realized a bit too late that I should have just loaded those docs onto the Kindle. Once I improve my habits like that, I can see getting even more use out of it.
 
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It's very convenient: That's the thing I'm most pleasantly surprised with. Of course I knew a Kindle would make my reading material more portable compared to lugging about a book or three (or dozens, given the capacity of the thing). I didn't expect it would provide a better experience even when portability wasn't an issue. Sitting at home, within ten feet of my library, I still usually prefer the Kindle. It's lighter, less cumbersome to keep the page visible, holds my place automatically, offers fantastic dictionary look-up and highlighting functions, and on and on.

The situations in which I prefer a real book are materials that require frequent reference to different parts of the book: technical manuals and such that require referring to Table 6.2 while reading Chapter 4. Anything with lots of images or that benefits from the layout on a large page is better in hardcopy. Other than that... the Kindle is the best way to read.
 
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Awesome OP.

I've had my Kindle for a couple of weeks now and I think it's the perfect device for reading. It is just so easy, light and simple to carry around with me that it never leaves my side.
 
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Yeah, had mine for a few weeks now. Absolutely love it. I read so much more now. And downloading samples is the best. I have like 15 books on there I've been wanting to check out. The problem is that so many of them are really great and I end up buying them.

But yeah, a fantastic purchase.
 

AstroLad

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BenjaminBirdie said:
Yeah, had mine for a few weeks now. Absolutely love it. I read so much more now. And downloading samples is the best. I have like 15 books on there I've been wanting to check out. The problem is that so many of them are really great and I end up buying them.

But yeah, a fantastic purchase.
Yes, it's even easier than ever before to develop a reading backlog.

How do you guys organize your books? I use folders based on topics: Tech, IP, Pop Culture, Games, Bio, Reference, Sports, Politics, Fiction. Captures most of it. Currently Reading folder too to have quick access to those.
 
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AstroLad said:
Yes, it's even easier than ever before to develop a reading backlog.

How do you guys organize your books? I use folders based on topics: Tech, IP, Pop Culture, Games, Bio, Reference, Sports, Politics, Fiction. Captures most of it. Currently Reading folder too to have quick access to those.
Dumbly. I have stuff like "Disposables" which is Mass Effect, Star Wars, Gears Of War, Hellboy, all that shit. Other than that I have by Authors. I don't have much non-fiction stuff and most of it is contemporary so that makes a bit more sense for now.
 

AstroLad

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BenjaminBirdie said:
Dumbly. I have stuff like "Disposables" which is Mass Effect, Star Wars, Gears Of War, Hellboy, all that shit. Other than that I have by Authors. I don't have much non-fiction stuff and most of it is contemporary so that makes a bit more sense for now.
As you can see, I pretty much have only non-fiction stuff. :p
 
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I bought one for my mom this past Mother's Day and I'm really impressed with the device. I'm seriously considering purchasing one for myself, but I don't want to get burned by a potential announcement of a new version. I don't think I can hold off past the end of May, but nothing points toward any sign of a new Kindle being announced (save for an Android Kindle, which I'm not interested in at all).

What do I doooooo
 
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Thankfully I don't have the same back log addiction with Kindle as I do with games. I only buy books once I'm finished with everything I have read. I don't buy a ton of books, but ever since I received my Kindle I've been more into reading. I finished 3 books this month, which I think is 3 times more than last year! Finished 6 books so far this year and I'll easily hit double digits! Kindle has uhh, rekindled reading for me. Usually either fantasy or sci fi or spy books are down my alley.

I've been looking more into indie authors with my Kindle. Under Game of Thrones page I saw a recommendation for a book called Dance of Cloaks. It is fantasy but with a different spin. There are thief guilds in this book as well which act like Ninja so it is an interesting departure from typical fantasy fare. It is the first book in a trilogy with the second book called Dance of Blades just released. First book is 3 bucks and the second is 5. I picked them both up and finished them both this month (about 380 pages each) and I think they are both well worth looking into this genre. Something is always happening and there isn't a lot of down time. Some political intrigue too with different groups scheming against one another. The author does a wonderful job too of transforming a character you thought was a protagonist into an antagonist during the first book. I went from wanting this character to succeed to seeing this person go down. The third book isn't going to be out for awhile so it will be a painful wait.

Now to start A Clash of Kings. I needed a little time away to breathe after finishing Game of Thrones.
 
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Still debating on which e-reader to get, the nook or the kindle. What I wanted to know was is there a hack out yet for the special offers version of the kindle to remove the advertisements?
 

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Leona Lewis said:
I bought one for my mom this past Mother's Day and I'm really impressed with the device. I'm seriously considering purchasing one for myself, but I don't want to get burned by a potential announcement of a new version. I don't think I can hold off past the end of May, but nothing points toward any sign of a new Kindle being announced (save for an Android Kindle, which I'm not interested in at all).

What do I doooooo
Haha, my Dad got my Mum one for her birthday and by the time I set it up for her I was ready to buy my own. I really don't see what they could add in a revision that I would need to be honest.

Best thing I've bought in a long time.
 
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Gary Whitta said:
Always impressed by how great e-ink looks, I have been considering getting one even though I am mostly happy with my iPad Kindle experience.

What are the chances of a new version anytime soon?
A new version as in a color version? I'm guessing few years away. Amazon usually offers revisions in the fall so I'm sure Kindle 4 will hit then. I have a Kindle 3 and it is basically a modified version of Kindle 2:

http://timheuer.com/blog/archive/20...ndle-3-to-kindle-2-recommendation-review.aspx

I'm sure Kindle 4 will be the same way. Amazon will make the device cheaper and lighter until they offer a color e ink model which will be the huge jump. 99 dollars has to be a target for Amazon.

The E Ink Screen isn't going to get much better so if you want one I would dive in. You can afford 140 bucks for a wifi Kindle 3. Especially if you use the kindle app for ipad already as reading books on a kindle device is much better.
 
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Gary Whitta said:
Always impressed by how great e-ink looks, I have been considering getting one even though I am mostly happy with my iPad Kindle experience.

What are the chances of a new version anytime soon?
It looks so much better than I ever expected it to be. Kindle on other devices is fine, but the actual Kindle device is just...I couldn't believe how easy it was on my eyes.

Sure, a new version might be waiting, but with Kindle as cheap as it is for the wi-fi version, there's no reason to wait - dive in now, it's absolutely worth it.
 

AstroLad

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Sunflower said:
Kindle on other devices is fine, but the actual Kindle device is just...I couldn't believe how easy it was on my eyes.
I agree with this. And the nice thing with the app is that if you don't happen to have your Kindle around, you can just pick up right where your left off on your Droid, iPhone, whatever. I actually do that all the time. Of course any time I know I'm going to have a chance to read it's Kindle uber alles.
 
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Thanks for making this OT, I love my Kindle so much!

In the same way that the iPod did a few years ago, it has become part of my life that I take everywhere. Before I leave home these days I check for wallet, keys, phone & Kindle :)
 
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There have been stories about Amazon supposedly ordering color (LCD) tablets. Whether that would be a Kindle Color like the Nook Color, or a full blown Android Tablet out of the box, is unknown.

I dunno how much they can improve on the e-ink Kindle until a new e-ink comes out (supposedly another year). Can't get much smaller, and the storage is pretty ample.
 

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I wish I would of caved in and bought a Kindle DX instead of the Kindle 3. I enjoy reading manga on my Kindle 3 but it can be difficult to read those small texts :(
 

AstroLad

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Gary Whitta said:
First time I saw a kindle I was convinced the e-ink was a dummy film on the cover. Sometimes it still tricks me!
"ok, just let me peel off this thingie now . . . WHAT THE!?" is a rite of passage for new kindle owners.
 
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AstroLad said:
"ok, just let me peel of this thingie now . . . WHAT THE!?" is a rite of passage for new kindle owners.
Indeed it is.
I had the exact same experience.

Setting the out-of-the-box screen to the cookie cutter "please plug your device before first use" that we're all us to see in the form of this clingy plastic thing is a stroke of genius by Amazon.
 

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AstroLad said:
Yes, it's even easier than ever before to develop a reading backlog.

How do you guys organize your books? I use folders based on topics: Tech, IP, Pop Culture, Games, Bio, Reference, Sports, Politics, Fiction. Captures most of it. Currently Reading folder too to have quick access to those.
Sort of badly. I have separate folders for authors where I've bought more than one book, and then I have a general Unread folder as well as Fantasy, Sci-fi, Classics, General Fiction, and Non-Fiction folders (my non-fiction collection is small, but it has been growing as I've been more and more in the mood to read up on different topics. I like that we can sort of organize them now, but they still could improve on their organization system.


Glad there is an OT now! I love my Kindle. I was an original adopter (at the slightly less ridiculously expensive price... but still overpriced. But, living in Japan at the time, it was far cheaper to buy that then to buy a bunch of imported books and then having to ship them home at a later date.) I now own a K3 though. I hope this one lasts until they have a color model out. I know it will be awhile, but I can keep hoping...
 
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Kindle is awesome. All the things I worried about before buying one: the 'feel' of a book, the lack of physical books to put on the shelf, the page refresh feeling too unnatural while reading...all that stuff went away soon after reading my first book on it.

As far as categories, all I got is this:

Fiction
Non Fiction
Classics

I'm sure I'll probably expand as I get more on it, but this has been fine thus far.
 
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What is the shelf life expected from a Kindle device? I don't want to have to replace mine anytime soon, and also hoping to hold out for a color e ink model.
 
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The best thing about Kindle too me, besides the gadget's e-ink screen, is the ability to sync across other platforms - I walk with my iphone 4 all day long, but if I'm waiting for something or have a lot of downtime without my kindle, I can just continue reading from where I left off from both devices. It's wonderful!
 
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Vyer said:
Kindle is awesome. All the things I worried about before buying one: the 'feel' of a book, the lack of physical books to put on the shelf, the page refresh feeling too unnatural while reading...all that stuff went away soon after reading my first book on it.
This. The added benefit, is reading giant ass book (LotR, The Stand, etc) can be done comfortably in bed. It also cleaned up my nightstand. Instead of having a stack of books by me bed it's just the Kindle.
 
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Thanks OP.
I want to buy an ereader soon but I have a hard time choosing between the Kindle 3 and the Sony prs-650.
I like the Kindle connectivity and the huge book store but on the other hand I hate the lack of EPUB support and the fact that it locks you into Amazon...
 
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Definitely thinking of grabbing a Kindle, seeing as I can get one for around £100. I want to read a lot of books, and I find the idea super convenient. My brother doesn't want me to get one though, as I just got an iPhone 4 and he tells me to read books on that... sigh.

Basically, what are the negatives of the Kindle? Any? Hah.
 
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Yami said:
Definitely thinking of grabbing a Kindle, seeing as I can get one for around £100. I want to read a lot of books, and I find the idea super convenient. My brother doesn't want me to get one though, as I just got an iPhone 4 and he tells me to read books on that... sigh.

Basically, what are the negatives of the Kindle? Any?
Hah.
it can't make waffles. that's about it. otherwise it's perfect.

it's small, light, getting books on the device is dead simple, battery lasts for weeks and the screen is wonderful for reading for long stretches.
 
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Holy.

Just got my Kindle two days ago. Loving it so far, though still getting acquainted*. This thread will be an amazing resource for me. So thank you very much for compiling this info.

*One thing I've been wrestling with is how to best get full-text journal articles from databases that I've got access to (thanks, uni).... to my Kindle. One method I just tried was clumsily saving HTML documents and e-mailing them to my Kindle to be converted. Somehow I think there's got to be a more efficient way.

Again, thank you. Looking forward to scanning the OT more closely.