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I'm a long time Kindle user. I love them all. That said, the FIre sucks for just above everything. I'm not a techie person, but to me, it is a classic case of a machine purposely made on the cheap that is designed to do a bunch of things "okay" but none of them really well. However, the user experience, especially if you have even passing experience with an IPad, leaves you feeling like it does a bunch of things poorly and nothing at even an "okay" level. Reading is not as a good as a regular kindle. Web browsing is not as fast as a 3 or 4G smart phone. Reading magazines is awkward because of the way they load and appear in the frame. One positive for the future is the linked relationship between the amazon cloud storage and teh device. And music purchased from amazon is playable on apple devices, because they don't embed it with the code that prohibits cross playing. But other than that, it just fall shorts on almost every area.

 

I've had a chance to play with all models by now.

 

Fire is, as I'd imagined, is a generic Android tablet sold at about $100 to $120 discount. So you're buying the same crap everyone's selling but at least you're getting a subsidy.

 

Touch, surprisingly, features a substantially worse (lower contrast and, at least it feels like, slower) display and is less convenient to hold than the previous generation.

 

The keyboard version remains the best product if you're looking to read a lot of text and find LCDs tire your eyes.

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Product page.   Zdnet is dubious: "Is the Amazon Kindle going to be a monthly fee nightmare?"   Curious to see how this does.    

I'm pretty sure you can read blogs on the Kindle.

Amazon just unveiled Kindle Matchbook.* Amazon will search all of your past book purchases, and if a "match" exists, allow you to buy the Kindle book for $2.99 or less. At the moment, only 6 of my p

I'm not sure if this should go in the NYTimes thread or here, but DealsNews reports this deal:

 

At Barnes & Noble, purchase a 1-Year Digital Subscription to the New York Times for NOOK for $19.99 per month and get the 7.48-oz. Barnes & Noble NOOK Simple Touch WiFi eBook Reader (pictured), model no. BNRV300, for free. With free shipping, that's $75 less than our mention from three weeks ago of the reader on its own and the first such freebie offer we've seen for the Simple Touch (It's a current price low for the reader by $100.) Sales tax is added where applicable. It features a 6" 800x600 touchscreen greyscale E-Ink display, on-screen keyboard, 802.11n wireless (with free access at AT&T hotspots or in Barnes & Noble stores), 2GB internal memory, microSD card slot, eBook library viewing, NOOK Friends social networking, up to two months of reading time on a single charge, and more.

 

Of note, the Barnes & Noble NOOK Color WiFi eBook Reader, model no. BNRV200, costs $99 with a 1-Year Digital Subscription to the New York Times for NOOK for $19.99 per month. With free shipping, that's $80 less than last week's mention of the eBook reader on its own and the lowest total price we could find for one now by $101. It features a 7" 1024x600 LED-backlit color touchscreen LCD display, 802.11n wireless (with free access in Barnes & Noble stores), 8GB internal memory, microSD card slot, eBook lending, MP3 audio and MP4 video playback, Pandora, and more. Both deals ends March 9.

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Continually surprised and disappointed at how many books I want aren't available as Kindle editions. Then I come across German classics of the nineteenth century in twenty volumes, free, and think I have enough to be getting on with.

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Refurbed current generation Kindle is available only today with a coupon for $49. No brainer. I just picked one up myself.

 

http://reviews.cnet....or-$49-shipped/

 

Thanks for posting about this! I picked one up for my mother. I got an additional $5 off, so it was only $44 (well, I did order a bunch of other stuff, so the $5 may have been a promo for something else).

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Got my Nexus 7. I don't think Kindle has a chance unless they do some major work.

I love this thing.

LOVE.

 

there are four new Kindle Fire models coming out.

 

but I still prefer e-ink devices for reading. for tablets the upcoming hybrid category interests me the most (though the early ones all suck)

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My Kindle Fire held up to 3 months' travel and constant use. I used it to access the internet all over the world. I downloaded books everywhere. My only complaint is that, when I had wifi on, it sucked energy like crazy. I removed a number of apps and that helped somewhat.

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For a lot of people, this is nothing, but for me it was a big deal. I took a long trip this week--without any books or magazines. Okay, I did have the anniversary New Yorker. I relied completely on my Kindle, loading it with books before leaving, and loading it with newspaper and magazine articles (via readability.com) whenever I had WiFi.

 

I have to say, it worked out fine, although I was persistently conscious that a device can break/break down in a way that a book can't (leaving me, for example, to read US Air's inflight magazine for four hours).

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