I am again all set to shift house/cities and the amount of books I am giving off, have to put in boxes is way too much and a pain to manage. Additionally, I have had an eye on eReaders for over 2 months constantly reviewing all models. I chose Amazon Kindle 2 over Nook or any other eReader for various reasons. Major one being, its from Amazon and it synonyms with books. I trusted them to get things right and they REALLY have. Below I am summarising the pros and cons of the Kindle 2. I have been using this device for over 3 weeks and traveled about 5000 Kms with it. This is what I have to say on the device. Read on and if it helped you feel free to leave a comment.
- Reading in bright daylight is a breeze. In fact you will feel more comfortable reading in bright daylight. Glare is minimal or nil.
- Ergonomically placed keys and easy to use Menus
- Fast (less than a second) page changes when compared to other ebook readers in the market.
- Battery life is easily 5-6 days with intermittent wireless activity and song playback.
- Native PDF support.
- Kindle edition books are cheaper (sometimes upto 40-60%) than the print edition on Amazon.
- Annotating/highlighting quotes, clipping off articles from magazines are features that I am already loving. Not to mention that the search option even searches inside the notes you have annotated. (I am very very particular about dog-ears and ink marks on my books and this feature just saves me from those sickness)
- Good quality music playback.
- Its also possible to share your books and reads with your family and friends. Read this link.
Cons/Could have been better if:
- Why on earth did Amazon decide not to put a “prev page” button on the right side of the kindle?
- No way to organise my books. But I found a work around by using notes to virtually “TAG” my books. (UPDATE: 2.5 software upgrade has added “Collections” feature with which you can sort your reading materials.)
- Not every book you want to read will have a Kindle edition. So if you are one of those nostalgic guys, you still have the opportunity to buy those one-off paper books and get seduced by its fresh smell.
- You cannot increase font size while reading PDFs. Yes you can zoom but the entire width of the page might not fit in. For academic 2-column papers I found this hack pretty useful. For books in pdf format, I have to change the orientation of the kindle. Converting PDFs into ebook formats loses images/diagrams and sometimes alignment goes for a toss. (using Calibre for the conversion)
- I seem to read books way faster than my usual speed. May be because of the ability to set the font size, line spacing, etc. comfortable to me for each book. Which means more books and more cash out. But am not complaining
- On the fly Oxford American dictionary word-meaning lookup. Yes, the Kindle comes with the Oxford Dictionary packed into it.
- Automatic wireless delivery of newspapers, magazines you want to read. Check the coverage for your location(s) in this map.
- Annotations/highlighting of quotes, lines on ebooks. All your notes and markings are backed up on Amazon.com.
- Pretty nifty note-taking ability.
In short, I would highly recommend Kindle to people who read a lot and travel/move around. Its also worth it for people who want to revoke their reading habits (had friends get back their reading hunger).
Leave a comment if you have any questions or your own personal views on Kindle.
PS: Amazon lowered its Kindle prices recently. Also the Kindle DX is getting a new look soon.