Monday, February 28, 2011

My horse for a Kindle!

First off a huge hello to my new followers and crusaders -- Hello! I've been deader than dead lately on this blog, and I'm sorry - this is what two jobs and maximum credits at a university will do to you.

But look, I has a kindle!

It's the new Kindle, 6" display, with 3G + wireless. Mmm.

I'll admit I was on the fence about this kindle and all - I'm still more of a bibliophile and tend of insist on paper books. Even at this moment I still have books from the library (which I should really get to and finish before returning, actually).

But the Kindle's got its neat little features, and I guess my favourite part would be that I'm allowed to carry more than one book without killing my back.

As for readability, it's not too bad. With text, it's easier to read without the words running off-screan; with pdf, it's easier to read formatted word and without words "breaking" (it happens when you write in a non-Latin alphabet-based language, I suppose, which is what I do).

Doc files are supposedly supported, according to the website, but I haven't been able to get it to work yet. It'd be nice to be able to put my drafts in and read them on the road sometimes.

Being of the Web 2.0 generation, of course, I actually thought their internet browser wasn't half bad.

I was expecting a text-only browser, so when images showed up not half bad - black and white, but pretty good considering how black and white displays from years ago looked! - I was pleasantly surprised. The 3G was definitely worth it in this case, I suppose.

One thing I disliked, however, was being unable to download pdf files from the browser. I don't know if that's Amazon trying to stop me from not buying books through their store or illegally downloading books, but I was trying to get works that are no longer copyrighted (Wordsworth, Pope, y'know, the good stuff) from Google books and failed miserably. I shall have to play around with it a bit more, I suppose, or learn to utilize the usb cable.

Just on a personal side, too, I'd have liked to be able to type in stuff. Wouldn't that be something?? I mean, the key pad on the kindle is far from ideal, but I'm such a sucker for being able to type wherever I want.

That's it for February, everyone. Happy Writings!


  1. Amazon is territorial and doesn't allow downloads from plain PDF as I understand it. You can't even download a library ebook. You can from a Nook but not a Kindle my BnN pals told me. Looks like fun!

  2. I love my Generation 2 Kindle- not quite as shiny as yours! But I have no problems at all with PDF documents- I *do*, however, transfer them on there via USB cable. I've never tried direct download to the Kindle, but it doesn't worry me either way- it's gotta charge sometime. The best part is being able to PDF my own writing and put it on there (especially now that Scrivener allows you to export a specially formatted Kindle version of your work).

  3. Congrats on the Kindle! I do most of my reading there these days instead of with paper books, though I still have a huge pile of paper books to read.

    It is possible to e-mail Word documents to your Kindle e-mail address and then download them to your Kindle through the cable, though it can be a bit tricky.

    If you'd like to borrow and lend your e-books, check out They specialize in Kindle books.

  4. Congrats on the kindle. I too am considering getting one.

  5. I thought you couldn't download books from Google to the Kindle. I'd be interested to learn if you are able to swing it.

  6. ooh, nice. I'm holding off a little myself. Let us know how you get on with it.

  7. I'm another not sure about Kindle. I've downloaded the app to my computer to see what the books look like.

    Anyway I'm a crusader making my rounds. Pop over to my blog. I'm trying to start a "review" club, where we review one another books. Got a pretty good response so far!

  8. I'm sure you'll enjoy it when you get more of a handle on it.

  9. I recently got a Kindle too. I'm planning a review of it in the next few days on my blog. Frankly, as a device, I think it's well thought out, but there are some real issues with Amazon policy and with publishers approach to Kindle publications.

  10. I got a Kindle for Christmas and I love it. I have a hard time browsing the internet with it, but otherwise I love it.

  11. I don't have a Kindle yet, but it's on my wish list. Maybe I'll wait until they come out with one in color...all the e-readers will have to eventually admit competition with the iPad. Enjoy yours!

  12. I recently got a kindle too. I love it!! (my hubby borrows it a lot though)

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