Initial Thoughts on The Kindle

I’ve been impressed, to be honest.

I’ve no complaints with the screen – that electronic ink stuff really is very clever. It’s very similar to reading off the printed page.

I’ve been reading (and thoroughly loving) Caroline Smailes’ In Search of Adam so I thought it’d be a pretty nifty experiment to continue reading it on the Kindle. And it’s been a joy. No complaints at all on that front. No complaints either on the Kindle’s size or weight – it’s very similar to holding/carrying around a book.

The only things I’ve felt negative about thus far have been the limited choice of titles in the Kindle Store, but I’m sure that’ll get better in time. I’ve also found the keyboard a little bit too small, BUT it’s not a typing gadget it’s a reading one and the only way to make the keyboard bigger would have been to either reduce the screen’s size (which would have been stupid) or increase the overall size of the Kindle which would have made it too big to carry around practically (see: iPad).

So that’s about it I think. For now, at least. I’ll post more thoughts when I have them. In the meantime, for the curious, Scott Pack has been keeping a Kindle diary – see his posts here.

5 Comments on “Initial Thoughts on The Kindle

  1.  by  Jenzarina

    I was impressed how long the battery lasts for.i am currently reading 100 Stories for Haiti, downloaded from Smashwords!

  2.  by  Steph

    Nik, I am impressed. Just looking at the Kindle makes my insides churn in angst. What does it smell like? I bought two books today on the basis of their covers and their smells… see why the Kindle preoccupies me? Clearly, it's therapy time. I'll see you later! X-|

  3.  by  Nik Perring

    Cool – so far so good I hope!Steph, I guess that's it's biggest con, isn't it: that it isn't a book. I genuinely and firmly believe that devices like these will not replace books – they absolutely shouldn't. It's just a different way of reading them…

  4.  by  green ink

    I have to say that the Kindle doesn't appeal to me, at this stage. I can see how it might on a long haul flight though – I recently had about 10kg of books (I kid you not) on my last flight home from Melbourne. For those kind of circumstances I would be willing to give it a go, for my shoulder's sake if nothing else!Really interesting hearing your thoughts Nik, as always 😀

  5.  by  Nik Perring

    Thanks Green Ink.I do think that these eReaders will have more of a place in the future – they are convenient but not essential. I'm interested to see how things go…

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