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    e-reader Kindle or other devices

    Has anyone tried Amazon's e-reader "Kindle" ( a electronic book reader device for downloaded books). Or any other kind of "E-Reader" - I know Sony makes one..

    I am considering purchasing one of these but donít know anyone that has one.

    Is it as clear as a computer screen?
    Have you had good or bad Experience with it?
    Is it easy to download books on it?
    Are they cheaper then normal books?

    Iím about to research all this but if anyone has one I would appreciate the feedback or general opinions about the product.

    Thanks wv06

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    Quote Originally posted by wv06 View post
    Is it as clear as a computer screen?
    Have you had good or bad Experience with it?
    Is it easy to download books on it?
    Are they cheaper then normal books?
    1) Much clearer than a standard LCD monitor, but the resolution (dots per inch/centimeter) is also much higher. It's monochrome, though.

    2) Can't answer.

    3) I would imagine it is.

    4) From what I've heard, e-books are just as expensive as paper books.

    A few more things to consider:

    * There is still only a limited selection of e-books.
    * The formats of the various e-books are all proprietary; they're intended to be read on one type of reader. E-books aren't .pdf files.
    * There's no market yet in used e-books.
    * E-books don't look good sitting on a shelf.
    * You can't read them while soaking in the tub,
    * You can't borrow e-books from the library.
    * If you lose it, it costs a LOT more to replace (the reader and the downloaded books) than just a single paper book.

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    just a quick correction to what dan said, e-books for kindle are mostly 9.99 which is often about half the price of a new hardcover. Having said that, I love books (the look, the smell, etc) and like to collect first editions of them, so I will not be purchasing a kindle to use as my daily reader. I could picture using it on occasion though, such as when travelling etc.

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    We got my dad a Kindle for his hospital stay and recovery. He doesn't seem to have a probably reading/seeing it, and hasn't lost his place yet! He will be taking it on vacation next month, because it's much lighter/takes up less space than several books in his luggage.

    I personally haven't used it, so I can't give you any input. But dad reads a lot, and likes his a lot!
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