I’m thinking of buying a Kindle.
It looks wonderful. I went to see it in Peter Jones yesterday, and the screen is phenomenal. It’s grey-scale, but its matt look and incredible resolution makes it adorable to look at. And, I expect, a pleasure to use. I bought my dad one around the time of his operation and although not a big bookworm, he’s taken to it. Which makes me very happy.
On the downside, the keyboard is primitive, its main weakness being that its keys are lined up vertically as well as horizontally. It’s also lacking in special characters (and numbers). But I expect it’s lacking on that front because of the infrequency with which there’s a call to use the keys. The device is for reading, after all.
My main turn-off for the moment is the lack of integration of RSS feeds. I’d like to be able to freely subscribe to an RSS feed and absorb its content on the device. But rumour has it—and it’s no more than rumour right now—that only your first 12 RSS feeds are free. And that thereafter you have to pay $1.99 per feed.
That’s not extortionate. But I’m loath to pay Amazon (in addition to the core £149 cost of the device) each time I want to access some freely available content. Can anyone shed any light?
Oh, and before anyone wanks off about/over their iPad and how I should be getting one of those instead, I’m not interested. It’s too bright for proper reading, IMHO.