You can pre-order Kindle with Special Offers (read = ads) for $114 today. Kindle for #139 and Kindle 3G for $189 (includes free 3G wireless) also continue to be available, without special offers and sponsored screensavers (read – ads). There is also the bigger Kindle for $379.
In my opinion, I would rather spend just a little more and get the version that doesn’t have any ads. However, you might not mind them and might want to save a few bucks. It is nice to have the option.
I didn’t think I would take to this method of reading books, but I have. I wouldn’t want to use a Kindle for everything. I tend to write in my books. I read pen in hand. You can add notes to Kindle pages, however. It is clunky, but it can be done. You can highlight and bookmark passages. You can see what other people who read the book highlighted as interesting to them.
My main uses of the Kindle are a) when I am traveling and b) when I want to read something which I don’t need or want to retain on my bookshelf. I use the public library as much as possible. I use the Kindle: the Kindle version of many books I don’t want to retain on my shelf is lower than a store bought or Amazon bought book. You can also download daily newspapers and magazines. However, the catch is that you have to have the actual Kindle device: you can’t get subscriptions if you have only the free apps.
If you are not using your wi-fi or 3G and switch them off the Kindle holds a standby charge for a very long time.
You can use Kindle to read this blog, btw.
I have the 3G version. I can connect it to my wi-fi at home or any phone network, without an additional cost, when I am out and around.
The Kindle will automatically sync your purchased books between the Kindle app on your iPhone and iPad. I also use the Kindle app on the iPad… the advantage is that you can read the iPad in the dark: the Kindle does not have a back lit screen. You can read the Kindle easily in sunlight, but not the iPad.
I imagine many readers of WDTPRS have experience with other devices. It would be interesting to hear about them and how they are being used.
I don’t think a Kindle would be everyone’s cup of Mystic Monk Tea, but it has been – in my book at least – a great tool. I am grateful to the kind reader who sent it to me from my wish list. I use it often.