My Life with a Kindle 2

I’ve had the Amazon Kindle 2 for just over a month now and its about time I jot down a few notes about my experience.  Here are the things I like …

  • Compact — smaller than a standard hardcover book
  • Readability — very easy on the eyes
  • Wireless Access — this is killer for me.  I get the New York Times everyday, every morning without having to step outside.  Plus, I can download whatever newspaper, book or magazine where ever I might be.  This is convenience.
  • Upload documents — I’m able to email the Kindle 2 documents that might want to read on the road.  This is great because I kill less trees and my backpack is 1/3 the weight.
  • Battery life — I’ve had no problems with running low on juice — unlike my iPhone 3G.
  • Cheaper books — I like saving money
  • Ability to consume more information — there is something to be said about having that if I have more information at my finger tips, I’ll consume more of it.  This seems to be true for me.
  • Eco-Friendly — not sure if they are made with some toxic plastic but I sure am using less paper

Here are things I don’t like:

  • Larger screen — I never use the keyboard at the bottom — make the screen bigger
  • Touchscreen — not sure how that would work with a digital ink screen but I still want it
  • Color screen
  • Give me blogs for free — they charge me money to read my favorite blog
  • Text-to-speech is over rated — I never use it.  I prefer to listen to a podcast or Ted talk.

Overall, I’m a fan and would recommend it to others.

Show Me the Amazon Kindle 2!

I have a few personal goals that have lead me down the path of wanting an Amazon Kindle.

  • Use less paper (Save the environment)
  • Save money (Spend more wisely)
  • Read more books (Increase knowledge and create ideas)
  • Read more periodicals (Increase knowledge and create ideas)
  • Read more newspapers (Increase knowledge and create ideas)

The Kindle seems to have hit what I need out of an e-reader.

  • Relatively cheap for a new gadget.
  • Smaller than a stack of books.  I’m tired of having a backpack mostly full of books and printed documents.  It’s bad for the environment and for my back.
  • Great user interface for long reading sessions.  I hate reading long documents on a monitor.  Not only would I read books on it but longer work documents that I don’t want to print or read on my laptop.
  • Easy shopping for reading material through Amazon — a trusted online retailer.
  • Diverse reading material support.  Books, newspapers, magazines, blogs, PDF’s, etc.
  • Cheaper books.  Amazon sells most popular books for $9.99 or an average of 60% off of retail.
  • Less paper.
  • Free wireless updating

Now, I’m holding out for the Kindle 2 which is supposed to be release early 2009.  I hope it comes out soon.  I don’t want to buy another physical book — I’m out of shelf space.