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There is a catch however. The $79 model will have sponsored adverts when in sleep mode (its $109 without these).

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There is a catch however. The $79 model will have sponsored adverts when in sleep mode (its $109 without these).

For the saving, I reckon I could live with that. It's not like it's an advert every 5 pages turned, is it?

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For the saving, I reckon I could live with that. It's not like it's an advert every 5 pages turned, is it?

No, although the UK price is £89 :angry:

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No, although the UK price is £89 :angry:

Good old rip-off Britain. :rolleyes:

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This new cheap Kindle is a 6" screen rather than a 7" one apparently. (linky to The Register) They also have a new "touch" version that's a small bit cheaper than the current price.

I got a Kindle 3 for my birthday this year, £111. I treat it like a proper book, I have it, why would I want to upgrade it? It'd take it being irreparably damaged for me to buy a new one.

The secret of what makes the Kindle so good for me is that it's a specialist electronic book reader device rather than a wannabe-everything tablet that succeeds at nothing beyond being 2nd best to an iPad.

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This new cheap Kindle is a 6" screen rather than a 7" one apparently. (linky to The Register) They also have a new "touch" version that's a small bit cheaper than the current price.

I got a Kindle 3 for my birthday this year, £111. I treat it like a proper book, I have it, why would I want to upgrade it? It'd take it being irreparably damaged for me to buy a new one.

The secret of what makes the Kindle so good for me is that it's a specialist electronic book reader device rather than a wannabe-everything tablet that succeeds at nothing beyond being 2nd best to an iPad.

The kindle screen has always been 6" or am I missing something? My second gen kindle works fine but I would recommend someone who hasn't got an e-reader to buy one of the new ones. I do think the £89 price is far too steep compared to the US price, even accounting for VAT/sales tax which I understand doesn't apply to internet orders in the US (you have to declare it on your annual tax return).

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The kindle screen has always been 6" or am I missing something? My second gen kindle works fine but I would recommend someone who hasn't got an e-reader to buy one of the new ones. I do think the £89 price is far too steep compared to the US price, even accounting for VAT/sales tax which I understand doesn't apply to internet orders in the US (you have to declare it on your annual tax return).

Hmmm... you may be right. I always thought it was 7".

What really gets me though about e-books is that you pay VAT on them while paper books are VAT exempt. What's the difference apart from one being on paper? Also, I do grudge paying the same for an e-book as a paper one considering that there's no physical involvement in me getting the thing, no paper, no printing, no distribution, no shop/p&p.

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Hmmm... you may be right. I always thought it was 7".

What really gets me though about e-books is that you pay VAT on them while paper books are VAT exempt. What's the difference apart from one being on paper? Also, I do grudge paying the same for an e-book as a paper one considering that there's no physical involvement in me getting the thing, no paper, no printing, no distribution, no shop/p&p.

I'm hoping it will settle down as we are seeing with MP3 downloads. I know some publishers aren't happy with Amazon's pricing restrictions for Kindle books and would like to charge more (or set the R.R.P. higher to be exact). It is the same with the music companies, instead of seeing e-books as a way to increase distribution they see them as a threat.

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I'm loving mine - I got it as a 50th bithday present and really made use of it on holiday. I'm not convinced by the auto-reading feature. Having The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes read to you by what sounds like Stephen Hawking doesn't work.

I've obtained a few free classics and also some other free books that are pretty good.

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The x-ray function on the new touch looks class.

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I've lost my wife to a Kindle. Some days she does remember me and the children but mostly her and 'Kindy' spend a lot of time together.

Suits me, I can watch the RWC undisturbed :biggrin:

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Tempted.

The only thing I am tempted to get one for is work related text books, which are almost all big, heavy and difficult to carry with me to client sites.

When reading for pleasure I like a proper book; it gives me an aesthetic and tactile pleasure.

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I can watch the RWC undisturbed :biggrin:

So, another vote against the Kindle. :P

I was first tempted when my mum bought me Vol.1 of Mark Twain's autobiography. I've owned amplifiers that were lighter than this monster!

There is also the Kindle Fire, just launched. Kind of a halfway house between an e-reader/media player and a tablet.

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The only thing I am tempted to get one for is work related text books, which are almost all big, heavy and difficult to carry with me to client sites.

When reading for pleasure I like a proper book; it gives me an aesthetic and tactile pleasure.

There are a couple of books I haven't bought recently because of the weight - and also a slender, light reader would be easier for me with regards to cycling luggage.

So it is tempting, especially at £89.

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The only thing I am tempted to get one for is work related text books, which are almost all big, heavy and difficult to carry with me to client sites.

When reading for pleasure I like a proper book; it gives me an aesthetic and tactile pleasure.

I really wouldn't recommend one for text books. The e-ink technology isn't very good for displaying figures. There is/was a larger version called the Kindle DX especially for displaying textbooks but I'm not sure it took off.

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There are a couple of books I haven't bought recently because of the weight - and also a slender, light reader would be easier for me with regards to cycling luggage.

So it is tempting, especially at £89.

A useful feature is that you can sync your position among various devices. I read almost as much using the kindle app on the iphone as I do using my kindle, but it is much easier to read on a kindle.

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There is also the Kindle Fire, just launched. Kind of a halfway house between an e-reader/media player and a tablet.

I'm not sure about that. It's not an e-reader of the traditional Kindle range that has the electronic ink technology, it's a proper LCD screen and has all the drawbacks that other tablet devices have for reading, essentially a jack of all trades and second best to the iPad, it's only competitive point is its price.

I've always preferred specialist devices, such as the Kindle e-reader thingy, to things that do lots of things well but nothing exceptionally. I can take my Kindle on holiday with me, read it in direct sunlight and the battery charge will do me a month if I push it, try that with any LCD tablet and you'll be disappointed.

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I really wouldn't recommend one for text books. The e-ink technology isn't very good for displaying figures. There is/was a larger version called the Kindle DX especially for displaying textbooks but I'm not sure it took off.

Thanks for the advice.

Looks like I am stuck with lugging half a stone of books around with me on my travels up and down the country. :(

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I've always wondered what format the KIndle's instruction booklet comes in??

(went and had a root around)

Ah - it's a book...

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I've always wondered what format the KIndle's instruction booklet comes in??

(went and had a root around)

Ah - it's a book...

009-kindle-unboxing_medium.JPG

That's odd. Both mine (second gen) and the missus' (third gen) didn't come with any instructions apart from how to sync it with your Amazon account. Everything else was on an e-book.

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I've lost my wife to a Kindle. Some days she does remember me and the children but mostly her and 'Kindy' spend a lot of time together.

Suits me, I can watch the RWC undisturbed :biggrin:

Don't punish yourself. It's not your fault.

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