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argoknit
Seriously Hooked

USA
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Posted - 07/15/2008 :  7:52:55 PM  Show Profile  Visit argoknit's Homepage Send argoknit a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I work for a publisher and we bought a Kindle to investigate the publishing potential. As the technology and web person for our company I asked to use it for awhile to test it out. Our Director had it for awhile before me and read a novel and tested it out. He liked it, but I am now obsessed. I love the thing! The ease of downloading books, the ability to save books found in the store to purchase later. I love the fact that it keeps my place when I turn it off. I am reading Clive Barker's Imajica which is a a large 800 - 900 page book in print. It's easier to carry around that that large book. I also love the fact that it has a built in dictionary and the ability to look up book-specific terms.

I've tested the screen in all lights - in bright sunshine on our deck and by flashlight one night when the power went out.

I can't say enough about the thing. I'm just biding my time until I can afford one. Don't get me wrong. I'm a sucker for a printed book. I will probably just give publishers more money because I'll probably still buy a printed edition of the books I want in my library, but I'll probably buy the Kindle version to read.

Anyone else have a Kindle or want one?

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Lanea
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Posted - 07/16/2008 :  04:38:10 AM  Show Profile  Visit Lanea's Homepage Send Lanea a Private Message  Reply with Quote
(puts fingers in ears and closes eyes) I am not listening to you. Lalalalalalala I can't hear you!

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Sara Sue
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Posted - 07/16/2008 :  07:07:39 AM  Show Profile Send Sara Sue a Private Message  Reply with Quote
As a life long reader, when I think about a book, I just don't think I could give up the tactile experience of a book. A thought I've had about them though is how are they for an extremely fast reader - give us some feedback on that. The upside that I've thought about - I'm running into no place to put another bookshelf. I've already insulated all the walls I could with bookshelves. Wonder how they do when you fall asleep with the thing on your chest. LOL.
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Lanea
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Posted - 07/16/2008 :  07:28:30 AM  Show Profile  Visit Lanea's Homepage Send Lanea a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I love the tactile act of reading an actual book too, but I have shelving problems like most readers and I commute via subway and travel a fair amount, so the chance to have something light with a decent screen size is tempting.

But I'm still ignoring the Kindle, so we're not having this conversation.

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Rho
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Posted - 07/16/2008 :  08:48:59 AM  Show Profile  Visit Rho's Homepage Send Rho a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I love love love my kindle - I also found that when we were on the ferry a couple of weeks ago I could set my kindle on the table with my bag behind it and knit and read at the same time ;) - when we travel I don't have to carry many books with me or keep 3 car books and 3 truck books so I have something on hand if hubby decides to go into a store and spend hours in there - it fits in my small knitting bag I have a ton of samples of books I might want to read also on there and if I decide I want it after reading the sample I just download it and continue. I read pretty quickly and haven't found it a problem at all - and and if you fall asleep reading it - it just turns itself off - although I usually wake up enough to put it down when I start to fall asleep and your hand drops while you are holding it. Sorry not doing paragraphs or I will get those strange numbers - Also the screen is a good size and you can change the font size from teeny tiny to pretty big - they are getting more newspapers and magazines on it too if that is an interest.

rho

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Panhandle Jane
Seriously Hooked

USA
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Posted - 07/16/2008 :  4:43:21 PM  Show Profile Send Panhandle Jane a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I do a considerable amount of reading in the bathtub. Is there a waterproof version?

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Rho
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Posted - 07/16/2008 :  6:09:03 PM  Show Profile  Visit Rho's Homepage Send Rho a Private Message  Reply with Quote
no but people have put it into a ziplock bag while in the bath and said it doesn't slow you down at all

rho

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dschmidt
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Posted - 07/16/2008 :  8:03:45 PM  Show Profile Send dschmidt a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm with Lanea -- my fingers are in my ears too and my lalalalalas are even louder.

Donna in VA
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SR5Rfan
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Posted - 07/16/2008 :  10:05:47 PM  Show Profile  Visit SR5Rfan's Homepage Send SR5Rfan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Make them stop, make them stop! I've had one on my Amazon wish list for ages and NOBODY has bought me one! Just waiting until I either save the money, win the lotto, or meet a rich man!

Beth
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Rho
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Posted - 07/17/2008 :  9:05:35 PM  Show Profile  Visit Rho's Homepage Send Rho a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Beth keep telling everyone you want one - tell them to give you Amazon Gift Certificates you can put towards it - anything -- I have had mine for almost 7 months and don't know how I enjoyed reading so much before - it is light and easy to hold in one hand - I really wish I had it after my shoulder surgery - would have made life much easier

rho

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LindaRae
Chatty Knitter

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Posted - 07/20/2008 :  6:21:01 PM  Show Profile Send LindaRae a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm not a fast reader, so would never consider buying one for myself, but hubby is an extremely fast reader. I would love for HIM to buy one, then I would use it "occasionally". We're hoping the price comes down a wee (!) bit though :-}
LindaP
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neraksenrab
Chatty Knitter

USA
118 Posts

Posted - 07/20/2008 :  9:26:54 PM  Show Profile Send neraksenrab a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Can you read a knitting pattern on the Kindle? For example, if you downloaded a book of knitted sock patterns, could you read the pattern on the Kindle? Might save a lot of trees.
Thanks!

Karen
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Laxmom4x
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Posted - 07/21/2008 :  03:42:19 AM  Show Profile Send Laxmom4x a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I would love a Kindle! And I love books. AND I have dropped real books in the tub and ruined them too! I probably wouldn't read with the kindle at night in bed, but who knows, I mean with insomnia, if it's back lit, and doesn't bother hubbo, it could be just the thing! And on the train! (You can also get the NYT for it!) Or subway? I'm there. AND knitting patterns, what a hoot!

Janet
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Rho
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Posted - 07/21/2008 :  5:44:28 PM  Show Profile  Visit Rho's Homepage Send Rho a Private Message  Reply with Quote
It isn't backlit Janet - but you can get a book light that clips right to it to read in bed (I do it all the time) I just make sure I put the light to the side Hubby is on and tilt it in towards the page and it doesn't bother him at all - the light is small and has a long bendy wire so you can move it all around to put it right where you want it. Big insomnia person here too --- Karen I don't see much with patterns on it yet - there is the knitting book for dummies (probably not the exact name) but I did email Amazon a pattern in pdf file and they sent it back in Kindle form so I can knit using it for that one pattern if I need to -- it was more to see how it came out instead of actually using it.

rho

If at first you DO succeed -- try something harder

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argoknit
Seriously Hooked

USA
711 Posts

Posted - 07/21/2008 :  8:33:36 PM  Show Profile  Visit argoknit's Homepage Send argoknit a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I've also experimented with the MobiPocket Creator. Amazon owns Mobi and the Amazon files are just tweaked out .mobi files. It's free. I took a PDF file of something DH put together and created a readable .mobi file and put it on the Kindle. I can read it just fine. It would need finessing for any commercial use, but for my own reading the file is perfect.

I just got a promotion at work and I promised myself if it came through I would buy my own Kindle instead of using the one from work. I'm just waiting for the official stuff from HR, then it's Kindle, here I come.

Blog: http://twistyfarmy.wordpress.com/
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Rho
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Posted - 07/22/2008 :  03:33:01 AM  Show Profile  Visit Rho's Homepage Send Rho a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I wish I could use Mobi - but it doesn't want to work on my Mac -- that is why I tried mailing the pdf to amazon and having them mail it back to me (you could also have it sent wireless like you get books) it cost 10 cents I think to do it and it was worth it to me just to see if it worked - btw Congratulations on the promotion and the new to be Kindle

rho

If at first you DO succeed -- try something harder

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susiknits
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Posted - 07/22/2008 :  06:29:07 AM  Show Profile  Visit susiknits's Homepage  Send susiknits a Yahoo! Message Send susiknits a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hmmm, this is good! DH's birthday is coming up, and it might just be a Kindle instead of the Adirondack chair he was asking after. We've completely run out of shelf space, the books are in piles on the floor. Ick!

-- susi

--That's my story and I'm stickin' to it.

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knitgrrl.com
New Pal

USA
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Posted - 08/04/2008 :  11:06:08 AM  Show Profile  Visit knitgrrl.com's Homepage Send knitgrrl.com a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Actually, I'm working on publishing patterns for the Kindle right now -- if any of you who have one would like to be in my testing pool, drop me an email! Thanks!

Shannon

Shannon Okey

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argoknit
Seriously Hooked

USA
711 Posts

Posted - 08/05/2008 :  7:12:48 PM  Show Profile  Visit argoknit's Homepage Send argoknit a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I ordered my Kindle tonight!!! I also just finished reading my first book on the one that belongs to work. Now I have to return it. It's a sad occasion.

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knottyknitter
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Posted - 08/05/2008 :  8:12:27 PM  Show Profile Send knottyknitter a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I wish they would come out with a sleeker model. It's so clunky. However, since I used to buy books to read on my pocket PC, I love the concept.

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kdcrowley
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Posted - 08/06/2008 :  09:15:53 AM  Show Profile  Visit kdcrowley's Homepage Send kdcrowley a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by knitgrrl.com

Actually, I'm working on publishing patterns for the Kindle right now -- if any of you who have one would like to be in my testing pool, drop me an email! Thanks!

Shannon

Shannon Okey

knitgrrl.com
stitchcleveland.com




Woot! You are on KR.....what took you so long?

I have been looking at Kindle since Shannon mentioned it to me.....I totally want one, but don't wanna be bleeding edge....

Kelley
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and my blog at http://ceallachknits.blogspot.com
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