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  • Psychotext 29 Jul 2010 11:46:44 52,781 posts
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    Lexx87 wrote:
    With say iBook on the iPhone and whatever it is that lets you read e-books on Android (must be something?) just built in to a device why would people continue to buy a device that only does that?

    Actual question actually interested :p
    I can't read for much more than half hour at a time on standard mobile / laptop etc screens.

    I can read e-ink screens for about as long as I'd read a book for.
  • Lexx87 29 Jul 2010 11:47:13 20,869 posts
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    /googles e-ink screen

    Speak the truth hussy!

  • RyanDS 29 Jul 2010 11:48:54 8,700 posts
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    Alastair wrote:
    Well that's something I guess.
    The missus reads more than I do, and I'm sure she's see it as a waste of money when she can get books from the library for nothing.

    Libaraies are starting to lend ebooks as well... ;-)
  • mwtb 29 Jul 2010 11:54:39 2,381 posts
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    For a lot of people the lack of distraction from net-connections and phone features is desirable in itself.
  • 1Dgaf 31 Jul 2010 18:51:16 3,775 posts
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    Tempted by the new kindle. But the 3G version seems like a rip - all you can do with it is buy books AFAIK. Anyone know if that's correct?

    www.hatchetjob.com - more than games. "Seemingly trivial, surprisingly deep"

  • Deleted user 31 July 2010 18:54:48
    I think you get Wiki access everywhere, but that is it.
  • BurnoutJunkie 31 Jul 2010 19:37:36 604 posts
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    Doesn't it have a web browser built in also?

    I was interested in this until someone told me that it doesn't have a backlight.
  • mwtb 1 Aug 2010 00:08:59 2,381 posts
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    BurnoutJunkie wrote:
    Doesn't it have a web browser built in also?

    Sort of. Amazon are supposedly trying to improve it though.

    BurnoutJunkie wrote:
    I was interested in this until someone told me that it doesn't have a backlight.

    Well it isn't that sort of screen -- it's kind of what makes it an eReader. The display uses reflected light like a normal printed page, meaning that you can read it in the sunshine, but need a reading light at night.
  • Jackface 1 Aug 2010 00:12:12 3,736 posts
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    mwtb wrote:
    BurnoutJunkie wrote:
    Doesn't it have a web browser built in also?

    Sort of. Amazon are supposedly trying to improve it though.

    BurnoutJunkie wrote:
    I was interested in this until someone told me that it doesn't have a backlight.

    Well it isn't that sort of screen -- it's kind of what makes it an eReader. The display uses reflected light like a normal printed page, meaning that you can read it in the sunshine, but need a reading light at night.
    Yeah the lack of backlight is kind of one of the big Features, giving it a considerable edge over something like the iPad for actual comfortable lengthy reading on the screen, not to mention the insane battery life it has.
  • 1Dgaf 1 Aug 2010 04:38:11 3,775 posts
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    I've ordered one. The selling points for me are the ability to change font sizes (I've not finished a few books because of tiny fonts), built-in dictionary, taking notes and Wikipedia.

    However, I sent an email to AMazon double checking that I can browse the web with 3G. If I can't, I might reconsider and get a WiFi one. I fully expect to be fucked on price when it comes to the actual books though.

    www.hatchetjob.com - more than games. "Seemingly trivial, surprisingly deep"

  • Onny 1 Aug 2010 08:55:32 5,697 posts
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    Ah, the pricing of this brings it right into buying range. I was going to go for the PRS-505 or the nook, but I think the kindle has won me over.

    Edit: something cool which I haven't seen mentioned is the new kindle has metal power contacts on one side - this means that booklights (like the one in the official leather cover) don't need a separate power connector.
  • Mr-Brett 1 Aug 2010 09:36:43 12,676 posts
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    The £109 version is rather tempting, £49 for a case with a light in it though? that's crazy. If I do get one I may wait and see what the third party cases are like.

    Portable view - Never forget.

  • 1Dgaf 1 Aug 2010 16:15:47 3,775 posts
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    Amazon's reply:

    "Yes you can browse the web in the UK using 3G, this is a free service.

    "The new Kindle uses a new experimental web browser based on the industry-leading
    open source Web browser engine, WebKit. This means the updated browser is faster and
    easier to navigate.

    "It supports JavaScript, SSL and cookies, but does not support media plug-ins (Flash,
    Shockwave, etc.) or Java applets.

    "The improved web browser also provides a new “Article Mode” feature that simplifies
    Web pages to just the main text-based content for easier reading.
    The web browser is not available in some international countries. However, most
    customers can access Wikipedia while outside the UK."

    www.hatchetjob.com - more than games. "Seemingly trivial, surprisingly deep"

  • Dougs 1 Aug 2010 16:37:44 64,903 posts
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    Have they launched a uk store yet? Got charged an overseas fee from the us store so won't be doing that again.
  • JohnnyWashnGo 25 Aug 2010 18:17:03 1,544 posts
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    Woooo - just got the email from Amazon that my new Kindle has been shipped. I can't wait to have a play with it :)

    Hurry up postie !!
  • DUFFMAN5 25 Aug 2010 18:24:16 13,813 posts
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    JohnnyWashnGo wrote:
    Woooo - just got the email from Amazon that my new Kindle has been shipped. I can't wait to have a play with it :)

    Hurry up postie !!

    Hi when did you order ? I have ordered one for the little lady, but I have to wait to be told when they will be getting their next stock, she is not happy ;)

    "Duffman is thrusting in the direction of the problem! Oh, yeah!"

  • LetsGo 25 Aug 2010 18:25:12 5,074 posts
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    How can something like this not have a backlight? To keep the cost down I'm guessing??? Battery isn't really a reply, you could have the option to turn it on or off surely....
  • FairgroundTown 25 Aug 2010 18:29:23 2,522 posts
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    The book prices actually don't look that bad - much better than the Waterstones store which is tied to the Sony Reader. (Very superficial, small sample of the kind of books I'd buy - mostly chick-lit.)
  • JohnnyWashnGo 25 Aug 2010 18:30:41 1,544 posts
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    DUFFMAN5 wrote:
    JohnnyWashnGo wrote:
    Woooo - just got the email from Amazon that my new Kindle has been shipped. I can't wait to have a play with it :)

    Hurry up postie !!

    Hi when did you order ? I have ordered one for the little lady, but I have to wait to be told when they will be getting their next stock, she is not happy ;)

    Ordered on 29th July - as soon as it was announced I think.

    As for backlight - I don't think those e-ink screens are capable of having a backlight. A frontlight maybe possible similar to the old Gameboy SP.
  • androidave 25 Aug 2010 18:32:28 102 posts
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    I use this on Android, works really well imo, I've just noticed you can buy the books from .co.uk now in £ rather than from .com
  • FairgroundTown 25 Aug 2010 18:33:11 2,522 posts
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    1Dgaf wrote:
    Amazon's reply:

    "Yes you can browse the web in the UK using 3G, this is a free service.
    No data charges? For ever? How on earth is that sustainable from Amazon's perspective?
  • LetsGo 25 Aug 2010 18:39:32 5,074 posts
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    FairgroundTown wrote:
    1Dgaf wrote:
    Amazon's reply:

    "Yes you can browse the web in the UK using 3G, this is a free service.
    No data charges? For ever? How on earth is that sustainable from Amazon's perspective?

    I'm guessing its 'free' i.e. you dont have to pay amazon?

    Your most likely need a sim from a mobile provider.
  • JohnnyWashnGo 25 Aug 2010 18:39:59 1,544 posts
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    androidave wrote:
    I use this on Android, works really well imo, I've just noticed you can buy the books from .co.uk now in £ rather than from .com

    Aye, I have been using the Android app since they released it and it rocks.
    Shame the kindle doesn't support epubs though - i have plenty of them that I will need to convert now :(
  • DUFFMAN5 25 Aug 2010 18:40:52 13,813 posts
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    JohnnyWashnGo wrote:
    DUFFMAN5 wrote:
    JohnnyWashnGo wrote:
    Woooo - just got the email from Amazon that my new Kindle has been shipped. I can't wait to have a play with it :)

    Hurry up postie !!

    Hi when did you order ? I have ordered one for the little lady, but I have to wait to be told when they will be getting their next stock, she is not happy ;)

    Ordered on 29th July - as soon as it was announced I think.

    As for backlight - I don't think those e-ink screens are capable of having a backlight. A frontlight maybe possible similar to the old Gameboy SP.

    I have bought Lynda the case with the light...£50 odd fookin wedge as well!

    "Duffman is thrusting in the direction of the problem! Oh, yeah!"

  • JohnnyWashnGo 26 Aug 2010 20:37:01 1,544 posts
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    Well my new kindle was waiting for me on my doorstep when i got home and I gotta say it is pretty sweet.

    Very small, very light and very cute - its a cracking ebook reader. It weighs almost nothing making reading books actually easier than holding a paperback. Its about the same size as a PS3 game box but thinner.

    The screen is fast to refresh and really easy on the eyes - it makes reading ebooks much easier than reading on a monitor or a mobile phone screen.

    The web browser is a bit pants. It renders pages fine but the e-ink screen refreshes too slowly to make the browser usable. But then, who cares. The device is for reading books ;)

    Overall - well worth £109 if you like reading books and are sick of finding shelf space for them!
  • Deleted user 26 August 2010 20:54:13
    Need to get paper subs on there that I'm interested in and I might gravitate back to an ereader. I love having the Times sent to me every morning on the iPad.
  • Onny 26 Aug 2010 20:54:46 5,697 posts
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    Did you get a cover too? My only concern is scratching the screen.

    /considers getting the expensive leather cover
  • Onny 26 Aug 2010 21:01:50 5,697 posts
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    mowgli wrote:
    Need to get paper subs on there that I'm interested in and I might gravitate back to an ereader. I love having the Times sent to me every morning on the iPad.

    Pretty decent choice of newspapers

    Some grumbles about price, though. How much is your Times sub on iPad?
  • JohnnyWashnGo 26 Aug 2010 21:02:11 1,544 posts
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    My cover has yet to be shipped. I don't think I would carry it about without a cover to he honest - its look too fragile.
  • Deleted user 26 August 2010 21:03:16
    Onny wrote:
    mowgli wrote:
    Need to get paper subs on there that I'm interested in and I might gravitate back to an ereader. I love having the Times sent to me every morning on the iPad.

    Pretty decent choice of newspapers

    Some grumbles about price, though. How much is your Times sub on iPad?
    £10 a month but I've only payed for the first month and had the past 4 or 5 free.
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