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Re: Amazon Kindle and Fedora



Bob,

Thanks for the feedback. I'm sorry the Kindle has not worked out for
you. I'm leaning strongly toward a netbook, but I'm really wondering
if the reason the Kindle has not been restocked is that Kindle2 is in
the works. If that were true I would be surprised if many of your
criticisms were not dealt with in the new version.

On Thu, Jan 22, 2009 at 05:42:49PM -0500, Robert L Cochran wrote:
> I do own a Kindle and I have connected it to my Fedora 7 machine (yeah,
> I know Fedora 7 is way out of date, I hope to finally upgrade later this
> year.) The Kindle just appears to be another hard drive. I also happen
> to have a 4 Gb flash card installed in mine, and I can see that, too, as
> another hard drive.
> 
> I can't remember if my Kindle can read a PDF file directly or if the pdf
> has to be converted to *.azw format. It reads HTML and I have added PDF
> books but I think I first converted those to *.azw.) I do not like my
> Kindle.
> 
> The Kindle has been available for more than a year now, I believe, but
> there hasn't been one single firmware update made available to improve
> its numerous failings.
> 
> It does not handle pdf's, even converted ones, correctly.
> 
> It shows images only in grayscale. Not having a color Kindle when you
> can get a color netbook for close to the same price is a waste of money.
> If I had a choice (with hindsight) I'd now buy a netbook. They do more
> and are still very portable.
> 
> A similar device is the iRex iLiad. It costs more than the Kindle. I
> don't know if it is still being marketed.
> 
> The Kindle forums on Amazon had one guy who claimed to be a medical
> doctor and I don't understand how he was able to use his Kindle for
> study. The Kindle simply does not do text, images, or HTML tables very
> well. Doctors are expected to study books which are of extremely complex
> nature.
> 
> Please note: I am saying all the above after having downloaded only one
> free sample chapter of a Kindle-ized book, and I have never bought a
> Kindle Store book from Amazon.
> 
> My impression of the Kindle is that its total purpose is to give you,
> the buyer, an extremely limited experience. And give Amazon a broad,
> rewarding bottom-line experience.
> 
> Maybe I really should order that netbook....
> 
> Bob Cochran
> 
> 
> 
> Dave Feustel wrote:
> > Has anyone any experience transferring ebooks between Amazon's Kindle book
> > reader and Fedora using the Kindle's usb connection?
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Dave Feustel
> >
> >   
> 
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