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So I Bought a Kindle

Amazon's Jeff Bezos Introduces Kindle 2 At NYC Press Conference
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Welcome to a “why-didn’t-I-do-that-sooner-moment”.  Are you an avid reader?  Are you still reading on last century paper?  Amazon and a host of other folks really wish you weren’t.  They’d prefer you carry around your library in an ereader.  They prefer you buy books on file instead of between covers.  You save a little and they make a little more.

I’ve been pretty steadfast since Amazon released the first Kindle that for me it didn’t make sense.  I don’t travel much, don’t read away from home and didn’t want to add another infernal gadget to hold books on that would cost me an amount equal to ten or more good books.  I’m talking hardbacks, the good stuff.

As life would have it, it made sense for me to finally take the plunge.  Going to be away from home on a regular basis, space will be an issue, portability is paramount.  Goodbye paper, hello Kindle 3G(which isn’t pictured btw, that’s a Kindle 2, so last century).

So here’s my review – get an ereader.  Personally I’d recommend a Kindle.  Easy on the budget, easy to look at, easy to carry around.   It does one thing and it does it very well.  Research “e-ink” at your favorite internet information clearinghouse.  E-ink makes all the difference.

Barnes & Noble has The Nook Color and it does several different things and reportedly does them somewhat well.  I decided against The Nook mainly due to the cost, nearly double a Kindle 3G.  I’m glad I did.  It doesn’t use e-ink.

I’m spending a lot more time reading now because I can read anywhere – and I don’t mean outside the house.  I can read anywhere at home, no more special spot that has to be just right at just the right time.

One more thing about the Kindle – you can download Kindle software to your home pc, laptop or smartphone  so when you don’t have your Kindle you can still have your books.

I could go on but it’s time to go read…

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