Monday, May 12, 2008

My Amazon Kindle has arrived

kindle Sometimes there are ideas that I'm resistant to.  I remember that satellite radio didn't seem like something I'd be interested in and now I'm an XM subscriber (and have been for years).  One of the other things in that category was e-books.  I mean, I really dislike paper.  My life is digital and some of what I do is evangelizing to doctors to get rid of the paper in their lives.  However, the idea of not holding the book, reading off of some type of screen, just seemed foreign.  Reading a book is an experience and even though I don't get to read as often as I like, it's still something I enjoy.

That all changed early last week when a good friend showed me his new Amazon Kindle.  This e-book reader does a great job of replicating the feel of actually reading a book.


So, I decided to buy one.  I ordered it last Wednesday before packing up for the DTS trip to West Branch, Michigan.  Amazon is currently offering free 2 day delivery so I figured it would be delivered before I was back home.

Ordering and delivery were typical of Amazon, which is to say it was seamless and easy.  I got home from the airport late Friday night, opened the Kindle (nice packaging!) and plugged it in before crawling in bed.

I woke Saturday and immediately began to tinker with it.  The owner's manual is actually built-in to the device so reading the manual teaches you how to read on the Kindle.  Within a few minutes I was very comfortable with it.  I downloaded a book and took off reading. 

The experience so far has been amazing.  I'll be doing more of a review of the technology a little bit on down the road, but suffice it to say that in the short time I've been using it, the Kindle has done a pretty good job of meeting my expectations.

Device cost is $399 with free 2 day shipping and book prices appear to be $9.99 and under.

More on this in a few days, but so far the Kindle looks to be a winner for me.

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