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Initial post: 3 May 2012 11:40:23 BDT
Greg says:
Keeping within the bounds of the possible and within the realm of an e-reader, what would be the specifications of your perfect Kindle.
Taking the Touch as a base I would...

Add page turn buttons
Built in glowlight like the new nook (in development if the rumours are to be believed)
Water Proof (is it really that hard?)

Other features/improvements that would be nice but not essential would be..
longer battery life
Bigger memory
support for other formats (epub etc..)
Current book cover as screensaver

Posted on 3 May 2012 11:44:53 BDT

Posted on 3 May 2012 11:47:53 BDT
Fi esta says:
Yes it should be available in pink;-p

In reply to an earlier post on 3 May 2012 11:50:59 BDT

Posted on 3 May 2012 12:04:57 BDT
Lucy Lou says:
Is waterproofing hard? YES! You have recharge sockets that must revert to being waterproof after use with limited input from the idiot user. That is going to be hard.

More memory? You can store up to 3000 books! How many more do you want? Really, is 3000 books not enough?

Better battery life? You can have up to 30 continuous hours of use. 30 hours. No other device in the world boasts such abilities, so why is it not good enough?

You want buttons to turn pages? It's a Kindle "TOUCH". If you want buttons to press buy a normal Kindle.

It already supports Kindle (AZW), Kindle Format 8 (AZW3), TXT, PDF, Audible (Audible Enhanced(AA,AAX)), MP3, unprotected MOBI and PRC, you want more? Is the missing ePub format really an issue? Really?

There really is no pleasing people is there?

In reply to an earlier post on 3 May 2012 12:14:48 BDT
Good grief, Clagg, this is a light-hearted thread about "what would your perfect Kindle be like?" - lighten up!

Speaking from personal experience, I would LOVE longer battery life. I read a LOT, I listen to music on my Kindle, and I use my lighted case almost every day. 30 hours is great, but this thread is about "what would your *PERFECT* Kindle be like" - and for me, and clearly for the OP, bigger battery capacity would be part of a hypothetical perfect Kindle.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 May 2012 12:15:36 BDT
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Last edited by the author on 3 May 2012 12:21:12 BDT
Give it some Red Bull :-p

(The main difference between JH and Clagg I can see is that Clagg can use apostrophes correctly...)

Posted on 3 May 2012 12:19:44 BDT
Flip out wine-glass holder is on my wish list.

Posted on 3 May 2012 12:19:53 BDT
DaveyH says:
I already have my perfect Kindle (Keyboard).

In reply to an earlier post on 3 May 2012 12:24:05 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 3 May 2012 12:42:59 BDT
Willber G says:
"You want buttons to turn pages? It's a Kindle "TOUCH". If you want buttons to press buy a normal Kindle."

The Nook and Sony touch models have retained the page turn buttons. If Amazon include them then I am more likely to buy one (not that they pay particular attention to my needs in their product development strategy, to their shame).

Posted on 3 May 2012 12:55:05 BDT
Brian says:
The ability to morph into any other gadget , as required.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 May 2012 13:47:48 BDT
Denis Powell says:
G.J. White, the "glowlight" Nook is actually on sale in the US but receiving mixed reviews. I'm not sure it's the "perfect" solution to lighting problems.

As far as the "perfect" Kindle is concerned that's going to vary according to each individual's requirements, and to provide every feature that every user would like would undoubtedly make the device more expensive and increasingly difficult to set up.

Personally I don't need a waterproof model, extra battery life or more memory. Users are already complaining about how long it takes to load all their ebooks onto new devices. 5,000, say, could easily take 80 hours!

I can see the value in supporting ePub for those who want to borrow from a Public Library, although we may well that possible with .azw in the near future.

I don't think we'll ever see customisable screensavers as long as Amazon can sell the screen as advertising space. It's been quite a success in the US and reduces device prices significantly.

Posted on 3 May 2012 14:12:51 BDT
Greg says:
I'd only want extra memory for audio books really as I often listen to them when I'm driving and they can take up a lot of space.

Waterproofing is for bath reading for me (easily have plugs for the sockets in answer to Clagg), I find the aquapac solution inelegant and there's also the problem of the touch screen not working well through a plastic sheet (hence the need for page turn buttons, in answer to Clagg again)

I've read several reviews of the nook glowlight and it does appear to not be the perfect solution but hopefully Amazon will work on the idea and improve it.

Batterywise, as far as I'm concerned the longer life the better, I read a lot with the lighted case, it lasts a long time but if I was away for a week or two and forgot my charger I'd be stuffed.

Posted on 3 May 2012 14:16:15 BDT
Sandy M says:
I think it's about time Amazon brought in a backlight.

Posted on 3 May 2012 14:17:00 BDT
Sandy M says:
<ducks below parapet>>

Posted on 3 May 2012 14:27:42 BDT
It's early days with my Touch so I haven't really had time to decide what I'd like improved on the machine itself.

The improvements I would like to see are at Amazon 'Manage Your Kindle' level. Surely it can't be that difficult to implement a bulk download of books from your Library to a new Kindle? Having to download each book one at a time is ludicrous.

Also, I have yet to get the 'Import Collections from another device' facility to work properly on any model of Kindle. The Amazon software gurus really need to sort this out.


In reply to an earlier post on 3 May 2012 14:33:48 BDT
Denis Powell says:
Mr. White, I use my phone charger to charge my Kindle, but as both the mains plug and cable are both easily and cheaply available in most countries I'm sure you'd be fine.

I'm sometimes away from "civilisation" and mains electricity for quite lengthy periods. Then I take a solar charger and two portable battery backs. One emergency pack, plus a fully charged Kindle to begin with gives me approximately 80 hours of reading or over 5 hours of reading per day for 14 days. The other ensures my Mobile Phone can stay on 24/7 for the same 2 weeks.

That being said, longer battery life can only be good.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 May 2012 14:41:32 BDT
Denis Powell says:
Dave, if you could set Manage Your Kindle to send all the books in one operation and an owner had, say, 2000 books that could easily take over 30 hours to accomplish and the Kindle would have to be on charge beyond that to allow for indexing. The forum would be inundated with flat battery complaints in my opinion.

On my new Touch I simply download from the archive as and when the book is needed. As a result, within 10 to 15 minutes of opening the box I was sorted and reading happily.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 May 2012 14:48:00 BDT
I would be happy with that Denis. It's only something I would need to use once whenever I bought a new Kindle and I would rather leave the Kindle on mains and walk away and use that 30 hours of life on other things instead of having to keep prodding instructions for every book download. And as I've said in the past, I'm one of those curiosities that likes all my books on board ... you never know when the Amazon Cloud may turn into a mushroom cloud. ;o)


In reply to an earlier post on 3 May 2012 16:09:57 BDT
walrus says:
well,amazon do reserve the right to discontinue the facilities at any time!

my kindle is perfect just as it is,so my perfect kindle would be to never break down.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 May 2012 16:57:23 BDT
Denis Powell says:
Dave, I have more ebooks than can be stored on any single Kindle, and if the Cloud goes it would be just my luck that the Kindle went at the same time. ;-)

Posted on 3 May 2012 17:04:54 BDT
Alien Girl says:
I'd like the programme inserted into my brain, so I wouldn't even have to carry the Kindle. I could just close my eyes and mentally "click" the books and read them!

In reply to an earlier post on 3 May 2012 17:09:11 BDT
Denis Powell says:
Davina, now that's an idea. I could go for that too. ;-)
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