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Re: Amazon Kindle and Fedora



On Fri, 2009-01-23 at 15:49 -0600, Kevin Martin wrote:
> 
> 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 I know Fedora 7 is way out of date, I hope to finally upgrade later this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
> > <snip>
> FWIW, I own a Kindle and, for reading the Kindle'ized ebooks it rocks
> AFAIC.  I was given one for Christmas (along with a gift card for
> Amazon) and, to be frank, have read probably a dozen books on it since
> then.  For just reading books it's great...very easy on the eyes.  I
> wish it had a few more features than it has (like displaying time, maybe
> being able to check weather) but that's not really what it's for in the
> first place.  I read alot (can you tell?) and have found it to be
> remarkable...the only complaint (hah!) that I might have is in how easy
> it is to search for a book that I want and, if they have it, download it
> (takes about 10 seconds typically)...but maybe that's not really a fault
> of the Kindle but my own inability to go for more than a couple of hours
> without a new book to read.

Sounds good, however my objection to the Kindle business model is that
you can't lend a book to a friend, something I do all the time with
printed books.

poc


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