I’ve got to say that I really enjoy reading books on the Amazon Kindle. I was lucky enough to get one for Christmas this year and have just been tearing through books on it ever since. It just seems really fitting to read as many sci-fi books as possible on the little device. It’s also amazing the battery life it gets. I’ve been doing some heavy reading and find that I need to charge it about once a week with the networking turned off. After I finish a group of books I spend some time browsing the store and buy several others.
It takes about 30 minutes of reading your first book to get used to the switching of the pages and how to hold it comfortably to read a book, but once you do the technology disappears and you’re just flying through your latest novel. It makes it so much easier to travel with as well. You can load the thing up with a virtually unlimited number of books to take with you on a trip, so if you can’t quite make the call on which book to bring you can just bring them all.
On the negative side, there isn’t quite 100% coverage in books available. There are definitely a lot, but I’ve been disappointed to find that some books that I wanted to read just aren’t available yet. The kindle is also making it clear that when I buy the book in one format I don’t get it in another. Hopefully Amazon will offer a way at some point in the future to complete a purchase, to say buy an ebook and then to get a discount on the paper version at a later date or vice versa. Currently it just feels a bit wrong to pay full price for something that you already own.
Also, the design is really optimized for reading a book cover to cover. It’s not the greatest device for purchasing reference material since quickly flipping through a book to find the one tidbit that you need is not as simple as with a traditional book.
Finally a rather funny issue that I’ve had, is that I read before bed each night and have several times now fallen asleep mid-page and then woken up later to find that I had been holding down the next page button and that I have to backtrack all the way through the book to find where I left off.
Overall I love the thing, I have been doing 90% of my reading on it over the last several months and would recommend it to any other serious reader.
I think my Treo 650 wins the award for the most spectacular gadget crashes with a large immovable object. Without fail, the flash memory card is spring loaded ejected in the opposite direction from the point of impact creating a nice shower effect of parts flying every which way.
This morning I managed to drop the phone in my living room and the memory card shot in one direction while the stylus ended up all the way across the room in the other direction and the phone itself had a nice bounce off the rubberized antenna. You get to play a nice game of put the phone back together afterwards, but so far I’ve been lucky to suffer no permanent damage.
The funniest crash though was when I managed to drop the phone in a Hallmark store. The memory card shot over my shoulder and landed unseen somewhere in a 40′ long aisle of greeting cards. Took me awhile to find the postage stamp sized card that had slotted itself somewhere within the thousands of greeting cards.
I really can’t explain why, I just am. It’s the whole issue with believing that something should go a certain way and then not really being confident that reality is going to follow through.
I’ll probably spend the night watching the pundits talk for hours. Hopefully there will be some sort of resolution after tonight.
— Update —
Well it looks like nothing changed. We’ve now got 7 more weeks of Hillary and Obama slugging it out. I’m a bit concerned that the two teams are going to believe that the attacks from the Clinton side during the last few days are what brought her back into contention and that the race is going to get a whole lot rougher. This is NOT what I want to see happen.
A spat of stories coming out here and here about how Google is no longer the greatest thing since sliced bread. My personal opinion is that this was bound to happen eventually, it’s actually taken longer than I expected.
I saw a story a few days ago that I wished I had saved mentioning that Google doesn’t have much to fear from Microsoft or Yahoo. That its biggest problem is going to be itself. Whether it can digest all of the new employees and maintain the culture and internal systems that allowed it to get where it currently is. The company is still wildly profitable, but Wall Street is almost never reasonable and they expect Google to make more money out of the money they’ve already made and that’s just going to keep getting harder.
Determining what the best way was to find new people on twitter wasn’t exactly intuitive. I wasn’t going to open up my email address book to twitter and finding the people search option wasn’t obvious.
Added a few people that I’m interested in hearing from. I’ll have to see if this is just a distraction or if there is actually value there.