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mzpro5

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Posted: Jul 14, 2010 - 10:39am

 dmax wrote:
I got one for my wife about a year ago. Have had to replace it twice due to battery/boot problems, but was done easily and gratis each time, so I can't complain too much.

Functionality is very very good. I like the ability to have multiple books in the unit when we take it on trips. Wife reads stuff, I read others, it's easy to tote one thing instead of multiple books. Also, the near instant download makes it easy to reload if you finish something and want more.

It's unexpectedly important that the screen isn't one of those backlit LED things, so you're looking at the page, instead of a light shining into your eyes. Feels different, especially over the long time if you're engrossed.

Put it into recovery mode and it shows as any other USB storage device on your computer. Drop PDFs into that storage device and presto: instant reader for other docs you may have at home!

So, four thumbs up from us, although it makes me sick that I paid retail for it and now the price has dropped... 

 
I noticed how much nicer the screen is without a back light after a couple hours of reading.  Also between books, records, CD's and movies I am out of storage space.

I had been interested in getting one for a while and then when they dropped the price to $189 I took the bait.

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Posted: Jul 14, 2010 - 9:47am

I got one for my wife about a year ago. Have had to replace it twice due to battery/boot problems, but was done easily and gratis each time, so I can't complain too much.

Functionality is very very good. I like the ability to have multiple books in the unit when we take it on trips. Wife reads stuff, I read others, it's easy to tote one thing instead of multiple books. Also, the near instant download makes it easy to reload if you finish something and want more.

It's unexpectedly important that the screen isn't one of those backlit LED things, so you're looking at the page, instead of a light shining into your eyes. Feels different, especially over the long time if you're engrossed.

Put it into recovery mode and it shows as any other USB storage device on your computer. Drop PDFs into that storage device and presto: instant reader for other docs you may have at home!

So, four thumbs up from us, although it makes me sick that I paid retail for it and now the price has dropped... 
mzpro5

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Posted: Jul 14, 2010 - 7:52am

 phineas wrote:

You seem like a free thinker...
 
Yeah, but if you want to really know what I think you'll have to come up with some moola.  {#Mrgreen}
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Posted: Jul 14, 2010 - 7:46am

 mzpro5 wrote:

I considered it but decided I couldn't handle anymore rejection of my ideas this week. 
 
You seem like a free thinker...

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Posted: Jul 14, 2010 - 7:44am

 phineas wrote:

Did you ask anyone else how they liked it?
 
I considered it but decided I couldn't handle anymore rejection of my ideas this week. 

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Posted: Jul 14, 2010 - 7:43am

 mzpro5 wrote:

I got this one


 

i like it!
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Posted: Jul 14, 2010 - 7:40am

 mzpro5 wrote:

I got this one


 
Did you ask anyone else how they liked it?

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Posted: Jul 14, 2010 - 7:37am

 lily34 wrote:


there are great kindle covers on etsy!

 
I got this one



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Posted: Jul 14, 2010 - 7:33am

 mzpro5 wrote:

At $200 more it wasn't in my budget.

I did get the regular Kindle yesterday and my first impression is very good. It is a bit smaller than I expected but that is fine. Several reviews I had read said after a few minutes you really don't realize you are reading an electronic device and I have to agree with that. I had set up a free "Kindle for the computer" account about six months ago and had a number of public domain works like the Complete Mark Twain, the entire Robert Howard "Conan" collection, entire Jules Verne, entire Shakespear  and a couple mystery novels that had been free promotional items. After powering it up and a few quick clicks the entire collection I had on my computer was available on the Kindle. The reading screen is actually more comfortable to my eyes than a normal book. The font size can be changed so I don't even have to use my reading glasses. Controls are very convenient. I did buy a copy of Girl with the Dragon Tattoo just a click and it was there. It is a 3G device and provides basic web surfing but I was so engrossed in reading last night I never even tried it. I did order a cover for it as it needs some protection if you are going to carry it around. All in all my initial thought is it was very much worth $189. If you are an avid reader I would recommend it.
 

there are great kindle covers on etsy!
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Posted: Jul 14, 2010 - 7:03am

 ScottFromWyoming wrote:


New today...

 
At $200 more it wasn't in my budget.

I did get the regular Kindle yesterday and my first impression is very good. It is a bit smaller than I expected but that is fine. Several reviews I had read said after a few minutes you really don't realize you are reading an electronic device and I have to agree with that.

I had set up a free "Kindle for the computer" account about six months ago and had a number of public domain works like the Complete Mark Twain, the entire Robert Howard "Conan" collection, entire Jules Verne, entire Shakespear  and a couple mystery novels that had been free promotional items. After powering it up and a few quick clicks the entire collection I had on my computer was available on the Kindle.

The reading screen is actually more comfortable to my eyes than a normal book. The font size can be changed so I don't even have to use my reading glasses. Controls are very convenient. I did buy a copy of Girl with the Dragon Tattoo just a click and it was there. It is a 3G device and provides basic web surfing but I was so engrossed in reading last night I never even tried it. I did order a cover for it as it needs some protection if you are going to carry it around.

All in all my initial thought is it was very much worth $189. If you are an avid reader I would recommend it.

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Posted: Jul 14, 2010 - 6:52am



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Posted: Jul 12, 2010 - 10:49am

 lily34 wrote:

aligator has one and likes it a lot. so does coffeegirl. and another friend of mine. i don't think you'll be disappointed if you're a big reader.

 
Yeah, I remember Ali using it a lot on our trip and she definitely seemed pleased with it.

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Posted: Jul 12, 2010 - 10:22am

 mzpro5 wrote:
Well no one responded and being in an impatient, cranky mood I went ahead and bought one. 

 
aligator has one and likes it a lot. so does coffeegirl. and another friend of mine. i don't think you'll be disappointed if you're a big reader.
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Posted: Jul 12, 2010 - 10:04am

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I've heard they're the worst things out there.
 
Well that makes my mood better  {#Lol}

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Posted: Jul 12, 2010 - 10:02am

 phineas wrote:

I've heard they're the worst things out there.
 


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Posted: Jul 12, 2010 - 9:59am

 mzpro5 wrote:
Well no one responded and being in an impatient, cranky mood I went ahead and bought one. 

 
I've heard they're the worst things out there.

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Posted: Jul 12, 2010 - 9:58am

 mzpro5 wrote:
Well no one responded and being in an impatient, cranky mood I went ahead and bought one. 

 
I don't know much about it but from what I've heard, I doubt you'll be disappointed.  I got Borders' free eReader iPhone app and they offer free ebooks every once in a while.  I just downloaded 3, 1 of which, The Alchemyst, is the first in a series I've been wanting to check out.


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Posted: Jul 12, 2010 - 9:49am

Well no one responded and being in an impatient, cranky mood I went ahead and bought one. 


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Posted: Jul 12, 2010 - 5:52am

With Amazon dropping the price of the standard Kindle to $189 I'm starting to give some thought to purchasing one.

Anyone here have one?

Let me know your thoughts both positive and negative.  thanks.