|Kindle: Amazon's 6" Wireless Reading Device (Latest Generation)
|List Price: $359.00
Our Price: $359.00
At 10.2 ounces, Kindle is lighter than a typical paperback and as thin as most magazines. Barely a third of an inch in profile, you'll find Kindle fits perfectly in your hands. Kindle is as easy to hold and use as a book. We designed it with long-form reading in mind. When reading for long periods of time, people naturally shift positions and often like to read with one hand. Kindle's page-turning buttons are located on both sides, allowing you to read and turn pages comfortably with one hand from any position. The page-turn buttons now flex inward to prevent any accidental page turns when picking up or handling Kindle. Kindle has a new easy-to-use 5-way controller, enabling precise on-screen navigation for selecting text to highlight or looking up words. Kindle is completely wireless and ready to use right out of the box--no setup, no cables, no computer required. With Kindle's 25% longer battery life, you can read on a single charge for up to 4 days with wireless on. Turn wireless off and read for up to 2 weeks. Battery life will vary based on wireless usage, such as shopping the Kindle Store and downloading content. In low coverage areas or in 1xRTT only coverage, wireless usage will consume battery power more quickly. Whispernet utilizes Amazon's optimized technology plus Sprint's national high-speed (3G) data network to enable you to wirelessly search, discover, and download content on the go. Your books and periodicals are delivered via Whispernet in less than 60 seconds. And unlike WiFi, you never have to hunt for a hotspot.
- love my kindle 2--take it everywhere
i love my kindle 2--it took me awhile to get over the price but it is sooo worth it. i take it everywhere, i love that you can sample a book before committing to buy. i love that you can buy the book right away instead of running around town looking for the book and paying full price, or waiting for it in the mail. unfortunately, i am reading wayyy too much and many people i work with want to buy them now. it doesn't charge as fast as i thought it would and it only stays charged for 8-10 hours of reading, but you can read why charging. i love this kindle 2 and i wish i had gotten awhile ago, then my house wouldn't be cluttered with so many books. it is very easy to read and amazingly simple to use. some of my favorite authors don't sell the kindle version. i love my kindle 2. i can't say enought good about it. except it is way too addicting. i am taking it to alaska so we'll see how it works in airplanes,and the rugged wilderness. ...more info
- Must Have Item...
It took me a long time to decide to buy an e-book reader and I did a lot of research. I actually wanted to go with whichever was cheapest. I am so glad that I didn't in the end. The Kindle 2 has been awesome. I have been able to wirelessly download books, transfer e-books I already have, and download e-books from other sites so easily. It has been great. I take it with me everywhere. The battery life is amazing. :) I highly recommend this reader for purchase. ...more info
- Wife is happy...
I purchased this for my wife as a Mother's Day present. She really likes it and is satisfied with the features available to her.
A good product.
No problems....more info
- Great product, needs a few more features
I love this product. I have read more in the month with the Kindle 2 than I have traditionally in the past year. Books are hard to carry, remember, not the Kindle 2, it fits easily into my purse and goes with me everywhere. Waiting for the check out line, I'm reading....waiting for the pharmacy, I'm reading......waiting for my husband, I'm reading. I love it. Wireless - a main feature for me. Finish your book, get another then and there. The size is perfect for me, I'd perfer the 6" over the larger version. Archiving is a little quarking and it should definately have a screen backlight for night time reading. Still - I love it....more info
- Kindle Review
The kindle is a very good product, although a bit pricey. For the price, it would be better if Amazon didn't "nickle & dime" you on the important accessories....more info
I bought this for my daughter for her graduation from college. She is pumped! Loves it!...more info
- The best!
We bought it to replace the first Kindle that was lost on an airplane pocket seat. Just perfect! There's nothing better than a Kindle! We download all books we want and have then in our bag at the some time!...more info
- KINDLE 2
LOVE IT! EASY TO USE AND LIGHTWEIGHT. iT IS ESPECIALLY NICE TO HAVE ANOTHER BOOK AVAILABLE TO START RIGHT AWAY AFTER YOU FINISH READING ONE. ...more info
- My favorite toy
The convenience of taking 6 to 8 books with me on trips in a lightweight device is great. Amazon's whispernet makes this so easy...more info
- Book Cost Contrast Negative
Love the Kindle. I have been getting e-books ever before the Kindle. They have come a long way since the early days.
K2 contrast and rising cost of ebooks are the only negative things I can think of. I sincerely do not understand why the cost of e-books is going up, there is no real cost to produce the e-book -just copy the file and put in the electroic security. Anyway great great product. If you are like me, download a lot of books, then consider the cost of each book which is increasing....more info
- Extremely Pleased with My Kindle
What can I say? I've bought 4 Kindles since the first of March, one for my self, one a graduation present, convinced my husband he needed one and then had to buy him another one when our grown daughter fell in love with the Kindle and took it. You know what a pushover Fathers are with their daughters.
I really can't say enough about it. It's so much easier to hold than a book and to have the dictionary right at the bottom of the page and to be able to search for a character when you can't remember who they are and when they were introduced is just beyond what one would expect. You must realize this is a 77 year old lady writing and I need all the help I can get in remembering.
I don't have anything negative to say, in fact I aught to be on Amazon's advertising payroll I talk so much about my Kindle
- what happens when you lose your kindle
Amazon has no way to track your lost or stolen kindle so you are simply out of luck! Since the portability of this product is its main virtue, you really need to keep track of it. I managed to use mine for only 3 months and it disappeared even though I had my name and address on it!...more info
- Very poor service
When my Kindle worked, I loved it, but since a product is only as good as the back-up service, I have to give Amazon only 1 star. I'd give it less if it were possible.
My five month old Kindle crashed. After two phone calls and speaking to four people, the bottom line is that I will be getting a refurbished Kindle with no history as to why the unit was sent back to Amazon and only the remainder of my warranty (until December 25, 2009).
I checked their warranty and it is Amazon's 'option' to do one of three things: replace the unit with a new or refurbished one; repair it; or refund my money. I've been told by two service reps that they have been given hardline orders from their "business team" that they are only allowed to replace with refurbished units.
In my opinion their warranty is misleading. It speaks of options that Amazon is not willing to take.
I am a very unhappy customer and will no longer spend money with these folks....more info
- My Kindle
I love it!!! My kindle goes with me everywhere, It fits into my bag and away we go.....the best gift I have received in a long time. Buy one you will not regret it....more info
- Cheap Books!
Save a tree and your hard earned money--buy two Kindles (a small one and a Large one)!...more info
It would be easier to read if the background of the text was whiter.Especially for older readers don't need larger print, but more contrast and light....more info
- Amazing, but it won't replace all your books.
The Kindle 2 was my first jump into the eReader world. I find that it is easy to use, and most importantly, just 'feels' good when you are reading with it. I have also had the chance to tinker with other eReaders, but the kindle really does have the greatest satisfaction on the ergonomic level.
There has been plenty of talk about the Kindle 2s features, so I don't really see a reason to recap all of them here. Instead, it might help folks most to hear some of the things that really had not occurred to me before buying the Kindle 2.
NOT A UNIVERSAL SOLUTION:
First, not all books are appropriate for this medium. I went on a pretty extensive ebook buying binge when I first got the unit. I was looking for something funny and picked up The Bro Code. While this is a funny book for the guys, the graphics and layout make it a very poor pick for purchase on the kindle. The kindle is not where it needs to be in terms of displaying content that is dynamically laid out. Frankly, most books won't have this issue, but it is a good idea to know about it going in. Another example would be An Inconvenient Book: Real Solutions to the World's Biggest Problems. Now I did not buy this book for kindle but after looking at it in the bookstore, I cannot imagine how all the interesting pictures, side bars, etc. could be easily integrated into what the kindle offers.
So what is the 'right' kindle book? If a book includes a lot of drawings, photos, diagrams, etc. Get the real version. The best books for kindle are the ones that are pretty much just text. In my case, this means that I will be using the Kindle to replace all the various soft cover books I would normally buy. I do still have some authors that I feel compelled to buy in hard back - but that is just me. If that sort of thing does not matter to you at all, then the Kindle could easily leave you happy with 95% of the books you would buy being in eBook format.
DIGITAL RIGHTS MANAGEMENT
In my opinion, this is the single greatest limiting factor relating to eReaders and eBooks. When you 'buy' an eBook, you do not really 'own' it in the same way you own a book you physically purchase. As the systems work now, you cannot gift an eBook to someone else. Once you buy it, it is yours for as long as the system you bought it from supports it. I know that in my case, I would like to be able to hand over a book I have read to someone else, just as I would a book I bought physically. A new system needs to be developed that allows for the same level of 'ownership' of the material we buy that we currently enjoy with physical books.
While pricing is lower than for a physical book, the price difference does not overcome the rights of true ownership that we surrender by buying an 'ebook' instead of a real book. This is particularly true when you consider the digital rights management issue I mentioned before. Since you cannot gift the ebook you have purchased, you have facilitated someone else having to buy it for themselves. Remember, this also means that when you are done with the book, you cannot take it to your local book store and sell it. Or even sell it here on Amazon as you can with a physical book. While the best seller price of an eBook offered for the kindle is very attractive, I have noticed some books on kindle that are only a dollar or two away from what it would cost for me to buy the physical book. This seems wrong since I am giving up so many of the rights I usually enjoy when purchasing a physical book.
So this is where you need to decide how much convenience is worth to you. Despite all I have said above, I still think that a Kindle 2 is nearly a must buy for anyone who reads a great deal or who wants to have such easy access to books that they suddenly become a big reader. If you are like me, you are going to suddenly find you are reading far more and far more varied books than you did before. Let me tell you, there is NOTHING cooler than hearing someone talk about a great book they just read and within 60 seconds having that same book downloaded to your kindle. This is really what sets the kindle apart from other (lesser) eReaders. Frankly, THE deciding factor for me was the whispernet feature. Other readers are just readers - the kindle is the whole freaking store at your fingertips!
ROOM TO GROW
This whole eBook and eReader thing is still a very young beast. Just as with iTunes and the sometimes loopy digital rights management limits they had on music, so too we have the same kind of thing going on with buying ebooks. However, iTunes finally got rid of digital rights management and I cannot help but think that eventually, the world of eBooks will go the same way. Just as with iTunes, the most likely thing to bring this about is more competition in the eBook product space. In this I think anyone wanting to take on the Kindle has a tough job ahead of them. There are some clear indications of competitors on the horizon, but even having been completely aware of that trend and the time I bought my Kindle 2, I still think it is an investment that you will be happy you made. The best part is that just like iPods, when the digital rights management mess finally gets worked out, your Kindle is not likely to become useless....more info
- Amazon Kindle2
I am enjoying the Kindle, the quick response to ordering books online and the fact that I can enlarge the print for easier reading....more info
- Love my Kindle!!
I am in my eighties and have Parkinson's Disease. It has been some time since I have read one of my favorite mystery novels, as books are heavy for me to hold. I also must have large print. Kindle has solved both these problems. I have already enjoyed one book and am reading the second in comfort. Thank you for making my life more pleasant....more info
the kindle speaks for itself. we have never had anything like it before. i am 75 years old and have been
collecting books since i was 10 with a little over 2000 books, all old friends, treasures each. my sleek
little kindle is capable of containing 3500 ! ! ! books. my goal is to fill it BEFORE i am shelved....more info
- Access to books for sight-impaired elders
Kindle has been joyously received by my 94-year-old book-loving mother. Somewhat sight-impaired, she had been struggling to read with a magnifying glass. The Kindle's font-size option opens a whole new world. On the largest setting, she can read to her heart's delight, has already sped through five books, and is eagerly awaiting more.
Which brings us to the issue of whether Kindle is otherwise as user-friendly for the vision-impaired as one would wish.
The controls are tiny, and the keyboard hard to read, because the letters are faint (grey) as well as small. Also, when you enter the menu, the type size reverts to smallish. Consequently, she (and other vision-impaired users) require outside help for any menu-based operations, including visiting the Kindle store, purchasing items, and selecting which to open on the screen.
This barrier can be overcome with patience and assistance. Worse, though, is the inaccessibility of the audio control--one should be able to easily turn the audio on and off at will! Currently, one must go into the menu (small type), fiddle with the 5-way cursor, and find and select the audio function--an absurd steeplechase considering that the audio would be most useful to those who have trouble seeing! I strongly recommend that Kindle III have the audio on/off control accessible on the keypad.
Nonetheless, Kindle is a proving a real boon: highly recommended, with the above reservations for the vision impaired....more info
- highly recommend
This is a well designed product with a high quality build. Yes it is expensive but realize it a lot of money to manufacture.
What is needed on this and more importantly on the DX model is much bigger font sizes.
There also needs to be a pushback from Amazon over not caving in to publishers demands to disable text to speech. Audible books have their place so I recommend that Amazon not disable this feature that many users will want, especially vision impaird users like my friend who has macular degeneration and requires much larger fonts and having books read would make a world of difference.
Customer support is the best! Good job Amazon....more info