Net: I loved the original Kindle and the Kindle 2 is even better. Thinner, more durable, faster user interface and improved battery life. It pays for itself in 6 months if you switch from buying the paper versions of the Boston Globe, NYT and WSJ to the KIndle versions. If you click on the link below to buy one, 10% of the price will go to the nonprofit job training program Year Up.
Last summer my wife bought me an Amazon Kindle for our anniversary. I was so impressed with the device – and felt that it was so poorly marketed – I wrote a long email praising the product and sent it to everyone on my email list. I had never done this before for any product or service. I turned the email into a blog post and posted it on Collaboration Evangelist under the CHU Recommends section.
The post was titled 4 Reasons why the Amazon Kindle e-reader is one of the best devices ever, will help you lose weight, save money and lower your stress level. I won’t repeat all of the praise for the Kindle here; the main points I emphasized were:
- Although Amazon markets the Kindle as an electronic book reader, I find its real value comes from reading newspapers and blogs. The Kindle automatically and wirelessly downloads newspapers and blogs to the device. So anywhere in the country I wake up with the latest versions of the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Boston Globe and the 10 blogs I follow on My Kindle. You never need to connect the device to your laptop.
- It is very readable, even in bright sunlight.
- The battery lasts for days.
- You get new content by searching right from the Kindle, purchasing with “one click” on the device and are billed through amazon.com as if you made an online purchase. No need to enter passwords, credit cards, etc. on the Kindle. Books download in 60 seconds.
- It’s incredibly light, about as heavy as a Blackberry.
- It’s a great value, as long as you cancel your paper subscriptions. Although the Kindle 2 is slightly more expensive than the original at $359 and the cover is sold separately for $30, it is still a great deal. Breakeven is less than 6 months if you switch from paper to Kindle versions of three newspapers. Books cost about $10; blogs are around a dollar a month.