5.0 out of 5 stars
I'm truly blown over with my Kindle, 30 Nov 2010
I've just received my Kindle today. I ordered it on Saturday. Their delivery estimate was Dec 1-3 and it arrived on 30 November.
I'm the type of person who just jumps in and doesn't bother reading the instructions until I can't work out how to get something to work.
I loaded a demanding PDF onto the Kindle (SharePoint 2010 User's Guide - 13M - 507 pages) with no trouble. I then viewed it on the Kindle. Switched to landscape mode and left it at fit to width and, as long as I have my reading glasses to hand, I can read the book easily exactly as it looks on my PC monitor. I feared I would have to scroll left/right/up/down using the zoom facility. With the Kindle I don't have to. I'm chuffed to bits as I will be loading 100s of PDFs onto it.
For the technically minded, the Kindle is formatted in FAT32 and has 3G of storage. My PDFs need almost 1G.
I've now bought 3 ebooks on-line. Amazon claim that you can download a book and read it within in 60 seconds. In my experience, at 7-8pm in the UK, it was a lot faster than that.
I bought the complete works of Charles Dickens, The Complete Sherlock Holmes and William Shakespeare (for less than £2 each - as they have been tailored for the Kindle unlike the other free books on the internet) and they were all delivered to my Kindle in less than 20 seconds. I bought them on Amazon with 1-Click and I could see my Kindle screen updating within 5 seconds. For each I viewed them within 30 seconds of me ordering them. Brilliant!
I've been looking at the Sony eBook reader and played with one in a SONY store. Someone came in and complained that the SONY software had screwed up his machine. This is always my main worry when it comes to buying USB devices. I don't want them to load their software onto my machine when Windows can treat them as just another drive.
The Kindle does not install any bloatware onto your computer.
Also, I wasn't very impressed with the page changing on the SONY. It seemed very clunky to me. I'm convinced the Kindle has a smoother page transition than the SONY.
I'm happy to buy into the Amazon Kindle technology as I think they will keep costs down for their future hardware as it is a loss leader to allow you to buy into their bookstore. I'm sure that, when a colour version comes out, it will be cheap compared to its rivals.
In my opinion, the Kindle is one of the most impressive bits of technology I have ever experienced.
And I still have not read the manual!
UPDATE ON 03/12/2010
I'm even more impressed with the whole Kindle setup than I was when I first posted my original review.
It's all to do with the fact that you can send, via email, documents to your Kindle and Amazon kindly converts the files for you.
I've done tests creating MS Word 97-2003 documents with chapters and a table of contents (with images / tables etc).
It works very well. (There are some slight formatting issues if you try to be too complex!)
I've found that the best way to do this is to create a document in Word but select a paper size of A5 rather than A4.
Just create the document as normal, create a table of contents at the front (don't select page numbers!), and save it to disk. Then simply send it as an attachment to your Kindle email address such as email@example.com. After a few minutes your Kindle will be updated with the document converted to Kindle format (allowing you to change the text size etc).
TIP: You can create an image on the first page and a TOC on the second page to create a real book like effect. The Kindle goto options go correctly to the front page or the TOC.
The only 'flaw' I've found so far is that if you send a second document with the same name your Kindle treats them as two different documents. I'd prefer it to allow you to overwrite the first. My idea was to send documents which would replace the original. At present you would have to manually delete the orginal and move the new version to the relevant collection. A minor gripe from me. I'll just append the date to the name of the document.