Some time back I blogged about the paw twitching appeal of the infinite library but implied that I would be strong and would resist its appeal.
Yet now I write these words with a Kindle III beside me.
So what happened to change my mind?
Simple, the notion of being able to carry up to 3,500 books anywhere I go is just too appealing to resist.
It is light, just about light enough to be unnoticeable and the device is easy to hold. It feels like a rubberised version of the chalk slate I used as a cub.
The screen still does that annoying white – black – white inverse refresh when you turn a page. But it is almost fast enough to be non-annoying even to a person like me.
The screen is excellent in good light and rubbish any other time.
Line images look fine but colour photographs are pants.
The battery life is exceptional, they claim a month for the wifi version and based on my use I can believe it.
The experimental webbrowser is er experimental. You can use it in a pinch but to frank they would be better off with Lynx.
I have had no odd looks reading it on buses or trains, even in my transpontine realm. I have ordered the frankly overpriced cover for it as I worry about the screen scratching. Oh and the illuminated cover is like some odd Roncomatic idea.
You can send PDFs to the Kindle by email – each Kindle has its own unique address. They come out readable but you can convert them to Kindle’s MOBI format by putting Convert in the email subject line.
You need to add your address to allowed email addresses as to prevent spam the Kindle will only accept email from preregistered addresses. Just go to your Amazon account to configure the list of allowed addresses.
It does not do email other than that which I think is a lost opportunity – I would buy the 3G version for my mother tomorrow if it came with an email client.