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The Bellinghman
Date: 2009-05-06 16:05
Subject: Cute ... ooo, shiny!
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Amazon's new Kindle

Now that's getting to the point that it's starting to tick my boxes. (I'll accept that not everyone wants something that size, but horse for courses.)
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Dr Plokta
User: drplokta
Date: 2009-05-06 15:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
For me, they're going in the wrong direction. I don't want something twice the size of a Kindle, I want something half the size.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2009-05-06 15:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yes - I suspected that not everyone wants that size, and Amazon'd be dumb to think that everyone does.

Me, I'm beginning to want the large print options.
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Sarcasticia Nitpickerson
User: tisiphone
Date: 2009-05-06 15:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That I'd actually buy was something like reading a book, yeah.
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Perdita
User: perdita_fysh
Date: 2009-05-06 15:59 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
One that works in the UK would tick my boxes! I can see the merits of various sizes and probably, like ipods, would ultimately end up with a range of sizes myself anyway long term. I'd just like to have one at all for now though!!!
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2009-05-06 16:03 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yes. Looking at some of the commentary, the lack of functionality outside the US is a bit of a show stopper.

So we need another tickbox ticked.

Sigh.
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User: silly_swordsman
Date: 2009-05-06 17:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Well, the silly price is holding a tick hostage, too.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2009-05-06 17:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Not at all - a silly price is an excellent way for my admirers to show how they truly appreciate me. I can only think that the price isn't silly enough yet, since I've yet to receive one.
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Megabitch
User: megabitch
Date: 2009-05-06 16:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Korenwolf is using his Palm TX as an ereader atm. You'll have to ask him what it's like :)
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Nik Whitehead
User: sharikkamur
Date: 2009-05-06 16:31 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I was using a Palm TX until I bought the Sony PRS-505. The Palm is fine except for the battery life. I can just about manage a flight from Keflavik to Heathrow on a fully-charged battery before it dies, but it won't go much further.

Edited at 2009-05-06 04:32 pm (UTC)
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2009-05-06 16:47 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I really don't want to read from a screen that small - it would feel to me like trying to see through a keyhole.

As for the battery life, that's down to using backlit LCD technology rather than eInk. For quickly changing displays, yes, LCD, but for stuff that can sit there for seconds, or even minutes, without needing to be changed, then eInk has a lot of advantages.
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Nik Whitehead
User: sharikkamur
Date: 2009-05-06 18:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I agree, the eink is wonderful stuff. My PRS can go for over a fortnight without needing charging (assuming I'm using it for reading in bed at night).

The Palm was great as a first eReader, but going back to its small screen you really do notice the difference. I wonder where the size trade-off occurs - what is the smallest screen size for which it is practical to use eink?
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Ian
User: liasbluestone
Date: 2009-05-06 18:15 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I read ebooks on my HP iPaq 214.
That's got a 4" VGA-res screen, and is about as small as I'd want to go. The Palm I had before was a little too small.

As to battery life, I spent 2 days at $customer the other week, during which I did 2.5 hours work and spent the rest of the time reading Edgar Rice Burroughs, and I didn't recharge it overnight
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Mrs Cosmopilite
User: mrscosmopilite
Date: 2009-05-06 22:00 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
and I thought you were working hard...
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Erik V. Olson
User: erikvolson
Date: 2009-05-06 17:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
What's the weight? I've found with the MacBook Air that I can easily handle the size if there's no weight to it.

There is a large amount of Shiny! there.
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Tim Illingworth
User: timill
Date: 2009-05-06 20:28 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It's down in the "Technical Details" gubbins:

Kindle DX: Weight: 18.9 ounces.
Kindle 2: Weight: 10.2 ounces.

I'm thinking the Kindle 2 may be closer to what I want.
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MEG
User: djelibeybi
Date: 2009-05-06 18:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I love my Sony PRS-505. It's smaller than the Kindle but fits perfectly into my shoulder bag. Any bigger and I would have to carry it seperately - which I wouldn't do.
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