27 February 2009

"Kinde 2"

I’ve finally purchased one. An Amazon Kindle 2.


I’d just like to point out, the Amazon Kindle is not perfect and I very much still love paper books. Books and book stores give me a tranquil euphoria that is hard to explain.

So why did I buy a K2?

For convenience and down the road savings.

I have one small book store in my town that doesn’t shelve all the titles I’d like to read. And I have never been a patient person. Amazon downloads my book in less than a minute.

I considered the Sony for its more reasonable price and cool colors, haha, but unfortunately at the time the Sony reader was not compatible for my Mac. There seemed to be something I could rig, but I’d rather have Sony make it compatible.

Also, I’m a midlist author, which means I don’t make the big bucks. 🙂 And with the high prices in California, my husband going on work furloughs soon, and having no recent sale as I’m finishing my current book, life is not as easy going as I’d have wished. I cannot beat Amazon’s prices.

As a fun plus, K2 has some cool experimental programs (but truthfully, I won’t use them often):

Basic Web: A slow but useful text surf of the net.

Play MP3: I’m a iPod listener so I don’t have a use for this as of yet.

Text-to-Speech: I’ve tested it but will likely never use it. The speech is robotic and I know its a controversal issue at the moment.

The screen is very easy for me to read with adjustable font, and the K2 easy to hold.

What I also like about the K2 is being able to read PDF and DOC files. The conversion is not 100%, and the font appears lighter but I often receive PDF/DOC files from authors and this comes in handy for me. I take the extra steps to convert the files through amazon (by emailing the file for conversion then using my USB to download to the K2) instead of paying .10 cents a conversion where amazon downloads it straight to the K2 without a USB cord. It doesn’t bother me.

The negatives are mentioned in this article here “Fear the Kindle”:

– “Amazon will make a bundle. But everyone else with a stake in a vibrant book industry—authors, publishers, libraries, chain bookstores, indie bookstores, and, not least, readers—stands to lose out.”

– “The Kindle won’t let you resell or share your books.”

– And my personal negative is that not all the YA titles I would like to read have been converted to Kindle format. Fairly new titles, especially. As I can make a guess that publishers believe that not many kids have Kindles or are trying to make as much money as they can during the first months before they convert, but I couldn’t say for certain.

– The clippings and notes are a little tough to get used to but with more playing around I think I’ll get the hang of it.

– Also the K2 price is high. I’m hoping down the road they will lower the price for older versions for more readers to purchase. There are likely more Kindle versions to be revealed in the future.

But what I would like to comment on is that there may be some anger toward Amazon for taking some readers away from book stores and libraries, but we should not accuse Amazon for simply adapting to the future of technology and books. E-books have already been among us for many years, and because Amazon made a more convenient reader for their own website is not wrong. If they hadn’t created their own reader some other company would likely have created one for another publisher. Should we point fingers when the state of the economy is merely forcing the world to purchase economically? Amazon created the Kindle at the perfect time, and I say good for them. To say our world is not heading into a digital world is simply being in denial. And I’m saying this in the most kindest way possible, you can either fight the future of technology or embrace it.

And after this is all said and done, I’m very happy with the K2 as my first wireless e-book reader. It’s pretty darn cool.